On Friday, November 14, 2014, After-School All-Stars and the New York Life Foundation held a two-part launch event, celebrating the opening of the organization’s Newark, New Jersey chapter. “We are thrilled that the New York Life Foundation has invested in the expansion of After-School All-Stars programs into Newark,” said Ben Paul, President of After-School All-Stars. Currently, ASAS-Newark is serving 150 students at George Washington Carver Elementary School and 90 seventh and eighth graders at Dr. E. Alma Flagg Elementary School.
The ASAS-Newark launch events kicked-off at George Washington Carver Elementary School where more than 30 guests glimpsed popular after-school offerings such as Dance Fever, Top Chef, Carver Leadership Council, and All-Star Fit Club. The day portion ended with the “ASAS Mobile App” finale. Over the course of one month All-Stars worked in teams to create an innovative phone application that would benefit their community and presented their final business plan to a panel of judges from New York Life Insurance Company. The winners, who received Beats by Dre headphones, designed a crime and prevention app. The app, titled “Job Pace Safe Place”, keeps neighborhoods safe while helping individuals in their community find jobs.
The evening event at Aljira Contemporary Art Gallery was attended by non-profit, corporate, and government leaders invested in Newark, among them included Heather Nesle, President of NY Life Foundation, Chip Hallock, President of the Newark Regional Business Partnership, and Sam Delgago, VP of External Affairs of Verizon.
“After-School All-Stars is here in Newark, and in order to be successful and remain vital, we need to invest in our young people,” stated Dax-Devlon Ross, ED of Newark and New York ASAS. After-School All-Stars is proud of our generation of graduates who have completed high school, gone on to college, are securing rewarding careers, and contributing back to their community. ASAS is committed to investing in our youth, and creating strong, meaningful partnerships in the city of Newark.