Our Chapters

New York

After-School All-Stars (ASAS) New York strives to create better engagement between home and school, allowing parents to be more thoroughly involved through open communication and understanding of the program activities provided. ASAS New York has partnered with MS 247 Dual Language Middle School (DLMS) for the past three years to break down this engagement barrier and offer bilingual opportunities to Spanish speaking families, specifically. We are committed to making all families feel included and not letting language barriers create any sort of isolation. We find it extremely valuable to have a bilingual staff that encourage diversity and build trust with parents who might not be engaged or included otherwise. We realize low-income families, in general, tend to find it more challenging to fully participate in their children’s education. Our hope is that all families would feel encouraged and empowered to become more involved.

ASAS NY is set on empowering parents to engage in meaningful participation to further their children’s education and success. Most recently, we organized an outdoor culminating event as part of our environment program to boost parent involvement and we ended up having 20 parents come out to support their children. We want to continue to build relationships with parents, which will only further increase student attendance and student growth.

  • 860
  • 5
  • 87%


  • Hispanic/Latinx 55%
  • Black/African American 42%
  • White 1%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 1%
  • Other 1%


  • Foundation47%
  • Government41%
  • Corporate8%
  • Individual 2%
  • Event1%
  • Other1%


  • 84% Program
  • 16% Administration


Dax-Devlon Ross

Regional Executive Director

Michael C. Schmidt

Board Chair

August DiRenzo

Honorary Board Chair

Dax-Devlon Ross

Regional Executive Director


Dax-Devlon Ross

Regional Executive Director

Dax Devlon-Ross has served youth as a counselor, teacher, afterschool program director, trainer, coach, mentor, and curriculum designer for the past two decades. Through his college retention work over the last six years, he has built, overseen, and evaluated innovative student-centered programs at some of the nation’s most distinguished colleges and universities, and replicated proven models in cities across the country. As a high-level staff member at the Posse Foundation, he helped negotiate the challenges and opportunities that rapid growth and expansion presents.

As a teacher, Dax taught English Language Arts at IS 311 middle school in East New York. He also taught History and Media Studies at Urban Assembly Media High School and East Side Community School, both located in Manhattan. Finally, at Bank Street College of Education, he led the instructional design team and managed the school’s VISTA training team partnership with the Corporation for National Service in the Innovation, Policy, and Research Department.

Dax has built his capacity to craft and execute both long-term and deadline-specific projects through writing for Time Magazine and the New York Times, as well as through writing his own books. As a facilitator and lecturer to diverse audiences, ranging from college campuses to prisons, he has gained great skill in public speaking and communications.

Dax was formally educated at Washington, D.C.’s Sidwell Friends School, received his BA from Rutgers University, and his JD from George Washington University. As a New York City Teaching Fellow, he also studied Secondary Education at Brooklyn College.


  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
  • New York 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • United Way
  • Target
  • New York Community Trust
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