January 30, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After-School All-Stars Puget Sound
After-School All-Stars Teams Up with Mayor Suzette Cooke & New York Life Foundation to Launch New Chapter in the Puget Sound
Kent, WA (February 1, 2017) – The nation’s largest after-school provider After-School All-Stars (ASAS) will be joined by Mayor Suzette Cooke, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove, representatives of Senator Patty Murray, Congressman Dave Reichert, and Congressman Adam Smith and other civic officials today in Seattle to launch its first chapter in the Pacific Northwest. ASAS Puget Sound is being launched thanks to a generous multiyear support from the New York Life Foundation, which has allowed ASAS to open six new chapters across the country.
Kent School District and the Puget Sound Educational Service District have been instrumental in bringing ASAS to the Puget Sound region. As the result of their hard work and advocacy, 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.
“After-school programs cut truancy and keep children safe,” said Mayor Suzette Cooke. “ASAS’s partnership with Kent School District will have a positive and very meaningful impact on the families and students who call our community home.”
“We can’t do this work alone,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, founder of ASAS. “It takes partners like New York Life Foundation, the City of Kent and the Kent School District to expand our programing, reach more schools, and help more students. It’s fantastic to see everyone getting to work in the Puget Sound region!”
What: After-School All-Stars Puget Sound Chapter Launch Celebration
When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6:00pm-8:30pm
Where: Museum of Pop Culture, 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Who: Mayor Suzette Cooke, Kent, WA
New York Life Foundation Representatives
Representatives from Kent School District & Tukwila School District
Ranna Daud, Executive Director, ASAS Puget Sound
Approximately 25 ASAS students from Meeker Middle School
Event Format: The event will include an interactive program activity designed to maximize interaction between students and adults. The program will feature a high-energy, fast-paced career exploration session, student performances and short speeches from VIP guests. Images and artwork from ASAS Puget Sound’s photography and art program will be on display and students from the DJ/music production program will provide music throughout the evening.
“The New York Life Foundation is proud to support the expansion of After-School All-Stars into the Puget Sound region. High quality after school programs like After-School All-Stars leverage community resources, provide engaging learning opportunities for kids and help working families in under resourced communities,” said Marlyn Torres, Senior Program Officer, New York Life Foundation. “Middle school students are historically under served by after-school programs. There are programs for elementary school students in the form of structured day care. High schools offer clubs, teams and extra-curricular activities. However, middle school students are often left with few safe and enriching opportunities between 3 and 6 pm. ASAS helps to solve this problem by engaging kids in constructive activities during these critical hours.”
“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. Daud, a veteran after-school advocate who previously ran the ASAS Las Vegas chapter, now oversees ASAS Puget Sound programs, including robotics, coding, DJ/music production, cooking, photography, career exploration, service learning, and sports and fitness. Under Daud’s direction, certified teachers provide students with academic coaching and all ASAS participants receive a healthy snack at no cost. “Our goals are to lower absenteeism, improve academic performance, and provide greater motivation to graduate from high school and attend college.”
“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.”
About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992 by Arnold Schwarzenegger, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. 70,000+ children from 19 U.S. locations benefit: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, South Florida, Tampa Bay, Toledo, Washington D.C., Bay Area and Puget Sound. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.
About New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $217 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.