Program Initiatives

Program Initiatives

Every day, we work to address the most prevalent and pressing issues facing our youth. ASAS inspires students to be healthy, graduate high school and go on to college, find a career they love and give back to their community!


img-we-are-ready-1Targeting at-risk middle schoolers and preparing them for high school and beyond
‘In response to America’s current high school dropout crisis, ASAS is launching its We Are Ready program to better prepare our middle school students for success in high school and beyond. Our curriculum targets students who exhibit signs that they are at risk of dropping out and helps them answer the question: Why does graduating from high school matter?



img-life-service-action-1Community issues identified, studied and addressed through student-led service projects

Studies consistently show that students who participate in a service learning program have improved academic performance and positive behavior in school. To enhance student achievement, help students develop as leaders, and inspire participants to engage in their communities, ASAS launched Life Service Action. Through their participation in student-led, curriculum-driven service learning projects, ASAS students are exposed to new concepts in learning and develop a stronger sense of social responsibility and civic awareness.




img-sports-as-a-hook-1Helping students become more active, healthy and empowered


Connecting health and fitness to character and leadership. ASAS recognizes that our students are able to achieve their personal best in school when they are equipped with the tools to lead healthy, active lifestyles. With the help of FOX Sports Networks & Mondelez International, ASAS launched Sports as a Hook: Harvest Joy— a unique healthy lifestyle youth development program which connects active play, urban gardening & healthy cooking activities to lessons on leadership, teamwork, resilience, discipline, nutrition, and exposure to nature. ASAS also introduces students to professional athletes, caring coaches, and successful role models in the sports industry who teach students about goal-setting, public speaking, interview skills, career exploration, and financial management.



Preparing students to thrive in the workplace and ever-changing economy.img-ceo

Career Exploration Opportunities, or CEO, is a financial literacy, career development and entrepreneurialism program created to help students learn to be self-sufficient adults, prepare them for the 21st century economy, and inspire long-term career planning. Students are taught how to budget, save, and spend wisely, as well as what it means to have credit. Investment and economic concepts are explored using virtual stock portfolios and board games. CEO connects youth with community leaders and role models from government, business, and the nonprofit sectors to learn 21st century workplace skills.