ASAS Puget Sound celebrated its official launch as the first ASAS chapter in the Pacific Northwest on February 1, 2017 at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.
In addition to generous start-up support from New York Life Foundation, Kent School District and the Puget Sound Educational Service District have been instrumental in bringing ASAS to the Puget Sound region. ASAS selected Meeker Middle School to be the Puget Sound chapter’s inaugural school site. With the launch of this new program, ASAS now serves over 70,000 students in 351 schools through its 19 chapters across the United States.
Attendees of ASAS Puget Sound’s launch event included Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke; Renton City Councilmember Carol Ann Witschi; representatives of King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove and Congressman Adam Smith; local business executives; school district officials; as well as representatives from community organizations in the education and youth development fields.
In addition to student performances, the launch celebration included an interactive, high-energy Q&A activity designed to maximize connections between students and adult guests. Artwork from ASAS Puget Sound’s photography and art programs were also on display and students from the DJ/music production program coordinated the event’s music throughout the evening.
Mayor Cooke provided a proclamation to the ASAS Puget Sound chapter. Heather Nesle, President of New York Life Foundation and Shannon Nash, Principal of Meeker Middle School were among the evening’s other guest speakers.
“From academic assistance to mentorship to health and fitness activities, ASAS provides students and their families with the extra support they need to excel,” said Ranna Daud, Executive Director of ASAS Puget Sound.
“The mission of After-School All-Stars is to provide free, comprehensive after-school programs to the kids who need them the most,” said Ben Paul, President and CEO of ASAS. “Thanks to our partners at the New York Life Foundation we have expanded our programming considerably and now reach more children grappling with the circumstance of poverty than ever before. I am excited to support the launch of our Puget Sound chapter and know that it will help countless kids stay safe and succeed in school and life.”
After a successful and engaging launch event, the ASAS Puget Sound team is excited to work hard for youth in the region!