- About Us
- After-School All-Stars was founded as the Inner-City Games Foundation in 1992 in Los Angeles when actor and activist Arnold Schwarzenegger set-out to give inner-city youth positive alternatives to drugs, gangs and violence.
- The San Jose chapter (originally named the Inner City Games of Silicon Valley) was founded in 1997 with significant support from the Silicon Valley Sports Authority.
- In 2003, the organization was renamed After-School All-Stars of Greater San Jose, and it began a period of sustained programmatic growth.
- In 2009, the organization ran programs in 26 schools directly reaching over 2,600 students everyday with an operating budget of nearly $4 million.
- That same year, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the organization The Bay Area After-School All-Stars. This change was a reflection of a new chapter in the organization’s history, with plans calling for the organization to more than double in size throughout the San Francisco Bay Area over the next five years.
WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH 90 DAYS?
There is a tremendous amount of debate and discussion around education reform and how we as a country can ensure that every one of our children is receiving a quality education during the school day. However, focusing on the core academic day is only half the equation. Most often within this national debate, what happens after the school day ends is rarely discussed. The following points illustrate why this incomplete debate will never fully address the needs of our children:
- More than 70% of children in the country have parents working outside the home, leaving 3 to 4 million children unsupervised by adults after the school day ends.
- Violent crime committed by youth triples once the school day ends.
- Children with no structured after school activities are three times more likely than those with such opportunities to skip classes, use drugs, and participate in other damaging behaviors.
- Due to the challenging home and community environments, low-income students are in most need of positive after school alternatives.
The Bay Area After-School All-Stars asks supporters, staff, and our students, “What could you do in 90 days?” When viewed through this lens, it becomes clear what an opportunity we have to help improve the lives of our students. We take that realization very seriously and recognize how important our work is as part of the larger educational system.
With this amount of time with our students, the All-Stars program and staff never seek to supplant the host school or its teachers, replace any opportunities missed during the school day, nor fulfill the role as a primary educator. We see ourselves as champions and supporters of the work that our partner districts do everyday, and we strive to continually improve and adapt our program to meet the needs of the district, the school, and the students we proudly serve.