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LOCAL STORY: TURNING SCHOOLS AROUND IN TEXAS

Since ASAS North Texas launched at the school and worked closely with teachers and staff to provide students with more than academic support after school, Edward H. Cary Middle School has since then left their “Improvement Required” status.

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Marissa Castro Mikoy, Executive Director

Ben Lange, Board Chair 

ASAS North Texas 
2902 Swiss Avenue

Dallas, TX 75204 
Phone: (972) 803-4589 

6 Schools

660 Students

90% are economically disadvantaged
 

Demographics:

17% African American

79% Latino/a

3% White

1% Other

Under-resourced kids depend on after-school and summer programs

By Marissa Castro Mikoy | North Texas Executive Director | Opinion Contributor, The Hill

This time of year, many families are starting to think about what their kids will do once the school year ends. Summer enrichment camps and activities can be expensive with costs averaging $300 a week. Families who can’t afford afterschool and summer care often have no choice but to leave children home alone or in the care of an older sibling.

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I’ve changed a lot since being in After-School All-Stars. It’s more than just something to do after-school. It lets me explore my interests, pushes me to do better, and see a better future for myself!

Tayler, North Texas All-Star

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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

Marissa Castro Mikoy, North Texas Executive Director

Marissa Castro Mikoy comes to After-School All-Stars North Texas as the Executive Director with over 20 years of professional experience in the education and non-profit sector. Prior to joining the ASAS team, Marissa worked with the nonprofit, Dallas Afterschool where she was focused on building and implementing continuous quality improvement systems within the Dallas out of school time community. She moved back to her home state of Texas in 2011, from Washington DC, where she worked with the DC Public Charter School Board. Marissa was charged with providing academic and operational performance oversight to DC charter schools as well as providing early childhood technical support. Marissa was instrumental in leading a city wide Task Force of DC charter schools in the development of an Early Childhood Performance Management Framework that is being used to assess DC public charter schools using common goals and metrics.

Marissa’s work experience includes directing and leading early childhood programs with several grassroots nonprofits, as well as working with national nonprofits in fundraising and community organizing. Marissa has worked on early childhood and education policy issues at the local and national level, is passionate about increasing the level of quality of education in under-resourced communities. In 2012, Marissa was honored at the White House by President Obama’s Administration as a “Champion of Change” for her work in AmeriCorps and career dedication to social justice and education. She is a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where she earned a degree in Business Administration and Management and holds a Nonprofit Executive Leadership Certificate from Georgetown University. Marissa lives in Dallas with her husband and two sons, Xavier and Sebastian.