Students high school students in Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley have another option to keep them occupied in a positive way and get away from the temptations of the street. In September, the new school year, thousands of high school students return to school, and thus appears the concern of many parents who do not know what will their children or what they will be exposed when the school day ends. For this reason the program was created After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles (ASAS) which is available in 21 schools (middle and high school) located in the area of Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley. This initiative, established by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2002 – offers programs that educate, guide and inspire thousands of students each day through activities that focus on health, physical activity and nutrition. The after-school programs are varied and entertaining, specially designed to give young people positive alternatives to pass the time and away from the dangers of drugs, crime and violence, as they have artistic activities, youth leadership and community service, all handled in an innovative and modern way for young people might like.
In this way the program helps reduce the risk of students involved in illegal activities, while increasing their safety when the school day has ended. ASAS program currently serves 10,000 students who live in communities with great needs and few resources. “Our main goal is to keep our students safe and productively employed when they finish their classes, when the situation becomes critical for many of them. We are fighting every day to change the lives of these students and inspire them to seek a better future, “said Ana Campos, President and CEO of the organization ASAS. Schools offering the program in Los Angeles: Belvedere Middle School, Bret Harte Prep Middle School, Downtown Value School, Edison Middle School, Gertz-Ressler High School, Griffith Middle School, Heritage College-Ready Academy, John Liechty Middle School, LA Leadership Academy Middle School, Richard Merkin Middle School, William and Carol Ouchi High School Other areas: Bell Gardens, Bell Gardens Intermediate, Charles T. Kranz Intermediate-El Monte, Huntington Park College-Ready Academy Huntington Park High School, New Millennium Secondary School, Carson, Southeast Middle School-South Gate, Bell Gardens Suva Intermediate-San Fernando Valley: Mt Gleason Middle School, Mulholland Middle School Porter Middle School, Vista Middle School.