The Mazda Foundation (USA) & Professional Race-Car Driver, Neil Alberico, Join ASAS to Promote Youth Safety

October 23, 2015

The Mazda Foundation (USA) & Professional Race-Car Driver, Neil Alberico, Join After-School All-Stars to Promote Youth Safety

LOS ANGELES (October 21, 2015) — After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is excited to announce that the Mazda Foundation (USA) and Mazda Motorsports professional race-car driver Neil Alberico will be in Los Angeles on October 23rd to take part in “Lights On Afterschool” – a nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

The Mazda Foundation remains a steadfast supporter of afterschool programing. For a second consecutive year the Foundation has helped low-income children across America by supporting After-School All-Stars “Life Service Action” initiative with a $250,000 grant. The grant will fund student-led, curriculum-driven service learning projects to help students develop a stronger sense of social responsibility and civic awareness.

As part of the “Lights On Afterschool” celebrations, the Mazda’s Foundation (USA) has arranged for professional race-car driver, Neil Alberico, to speak to 100 middle school students about their personal career paths and discuss the importance of youth safety. Neil will take questions from students and will also let them look under the hood and kick the tires of his newest race-car.

“The Mazda Foundation (USA) is pleased to join After-School All-Stars in supporting “Lights On Afterschool” for the second consecutive year. “Lights On Afterschool” highlights the important role afterschool programs play in children’s lives and draws attention to the many ways afterschool programs help kids learn new things like robotics, healthy lifestyles and driver safety,” said Robert Davis, President, Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc.

“We’re grateful to the Mazda Foundation (USA) for their ongoing commitment to afterschool programing and for joining us for “Lights On Afterschool.” Mazda understands the important role that afterschool programs can play in children’s lives and the need to increase the number of programs available to students. “Lights On Afterschool” showcases the incredible opportunities After-School All-Stars programs provide to students every day from 3-6pm – the peak hours for juvenile crime and unsafe behaviors. Afterschool programs equip young people with the tools they need to make positive choices and changes in their communities while giving parents peace of mind that their kids are safe when they are at work,” explained Ben Paul, CEO and President of After-School All-Stars.

Members of the media are invited to attend the “Lights On Afterschool” celebration with Neil and After-School All-Stars. Media are welcome to film students participation in a number of “distracting driving” demonstrations. Neil will also be available for interviews and photographs alongside his race-car. ASAS students and teachers will also be available for media interviews.

What: Lights on Afterschool Celebration
When: Friday, October 23, 2015 at 3:30-5:30pm
Where: Porter Middle School (15960 Kingsbury St, Granada Hills, CA 91344)
Event Format: Discussion and Q&A with Neil Alberico and carnival with a “distracted driving” obstacle course for students to experience firsthand how different distractions impair drivers.

Media Contacts
Conyers Davis, After-School All-Stars
310.295.7161 | conyers.davis@gmail.com
Kristy Gausman, After-School All-Stars
323-938-3232 ext. 121 | Kristy@as-as.org

About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, 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. 72,000+ children from 15 U.S. regions benefit: Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C., and, beginning in Fall 2015, Cleveland and Tampa. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.

Mazda Foundation (USA) Inc.
Acting on a strong sense of responsibility to give something back to the communities in which it operates, Mazda established a philanthropic foundation. As the corporate foundation of Mazda North American Operations, it has awarded over $8 million to worthwhile causes across the United States since its initial grants in 1992. To learn more about the Mazda Foundation, please visit www.mazdafoundation.org.

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