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ASAP was developed by The After-School Corporation (TASC), Boston After School & Beyond and the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), in partnership with CBASS and with technical support from After School Matters (ASM).

Recognizing that high school students vote with their feet and therefore require different strategies, activities and supports than elementary and middle school students, CBASS looked to After School Matters (ASM), the nation’s largest and most demonstrably successful apprenticeship program, to inform the development of the ASAP multi-city demonstration project. ASAP was piloted with 40 participants in spring 2008 by TASC, in partnership with two community based organizations, and in 2009, ASAP expanded within New York, added initiatives in Boston and Providence, and with 15 community partners reached more than 220 youth in sports and arts disciplines.

Initiative timeline:

YEAR ONE: New York City

December 2007

MetLife Foundation awards grant

Jan. - March 2008

NYC planning for ASAP pilot
>> Hired program director
>> Identified CBO partners
>> Visited After School Matters in Chicago

April - June 2008

Spring apprenticeship
>> Issued student application
>> Conducted interviews
>> Selected 40 participants
>> Completed eight week apprenticeship training program
>> Technical assistance visit by ASM

June - July 2008

Six week summer internship

Sept. 2008 - ongoing

Ongoing employment
>> Participating CBOs hired forty percent of the participants to work in after-school programs throughout the school year

YEAR TWO: New York City, Boston, and Providence

Jan. - March 2009

Year two expansion and planning
>> ASAP expanded to Boston and Providence.
>> Recruited and selected participants (140 students in NYC; 20 students each in Boston & Providence)
>> Identified community partners to implement program
>> Technical assistance visit to ASM in Chicago

April - June 2009

Spring Apprenticeships
>> Participant orientations in each city
>> Eight week (72+ hours) apprenticeship training
>> Technical assistance visits by staff at ASM to all three cities

June - Aug. 2009

Summer Internship
>> Internships as sports and arts instructors, lifeguards, and little league umpires
>> Students in lifeguarding received official credentialing

Fall 2009 - ongoing

Ongoing employment
>> Participating CBOs hired one-third of the participants to work in after-school programs throughout the school year as sports and arts instructors

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