History

ASAS History

1990

  • In January of 1990, then President George Bush, appointed Arnold Schwarzenegger as Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and challenged him to raise the consciousness of all Americans on the importance of good health through physical fitness.

1993

  • Building on his experience with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and his passion for youth fitness, in 1993 Mr. Schwarzenegger teams up with Danny Hernandez founded a non-profit called the Inner-City Games Foundation (ICG), bringing sports to at-risk youth nationwide. ICG provided health and fitness programmingas a way to build self-confidence, self-reliance and camaraderie among inner-city youth.

1994

  • An Inner City Games chapter is established in Atlanta, GA.

1995

  • Inner City Games opens chapters in Las Vegas, Orlando, New York City and San Diego.

1996

  • ICG opens chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Antonio, and South Florida.

2000

  • A Columbus, Ohio ICG chapter is established.

2001

  • Thanks to the Todd Wagner Foundation, Inner City Games adds a youth technology program to bridge the digital divide in Texas.

2002

  • Inner City Games expands to Chicago, IL.
  • In November 2002, California voters passed Proposition 49, setting the stage for the largest statewide expansion of after school services in the nation. Prop 49 mandated that $550 million be made available each year for kindergarten through ninth grade after school programs. The release of those funds was triggered in September 2006 when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 638, the After School Education and Safety program.
  • Afterschool Alliance names Arnold Schwarzenegger honorary chair.

2003

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected the 38th Governor for the state of California.
  • Inner City Games converts its model to comprehensive afterschool programs and we change our name to After-School All-Stars.
  • After-School All-Stars and Afterschool Alliance team up with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to convene national leaders for a summit on the cause of after-school in Washington D.C.

2004

  • S. Mott becomes national partner to After-School All-Stars supporting transition from ICG to After-School All-Stars.
  • Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson named National Spokesperson for ASAS
  • After-School All-Stars serves 27,579 students in its inaugural year as an after school program.

2005

  • ASAS increases the number of students served to 33,710.

2006

  • Atlantic Philanthropies awards ASAS a capacity building grant to work on determining our organizational structure, model and theory of change.
  • 58,077 students served by After-School All-Stars.

2007

  • Kobe Bryant signs on as national ambassador for After-School All-Stars and champions afterschool for all.
  • After-School All-Stars serves 56,580

2008

  • ASAS hires its first ever national program director and begins to build a unified approach to programming across our national network.
  • 60,076 students served by ASAS

2009

  • ASAS launches 4 national priority programs to address the issues most adversely affecting the youth we serve: 1) “We Are Ready” to prepare All-Stars for high school success and decrease dropout rates, 2) “Sports as a Hook” a holistic health and fitness programming to battle youth obesity, 3) “Life Service Action” a service learning program that empowers youth to make a positive impact on their communities and 4) “Career Exploration Opportunities” a workforce readiness and financial education program
  • ASAS Hawaii chapter launches.
  • 67,970 students served through After-School All-Stars programming.

2010

  • Result from 1st ever national program evaluation come in. Among many other outcomes, 86% of “We Are Ready” students improve school attendance and behavior and are equipped and on track to graduate high school on time.
  • ASAS is invited to sign on as a partner to Clinton Global Initiative for our work in high school dropout prevention.
  • 81,404 students are served by ASAS.

2011

  • Chris Bosh becomes ASAS’ newest national ambassador and advocate for high quality afterschool programs for youth.
  • 81, 642 students served nationwide by ASAS.
  • Governor John Kasich of Ohio appropriates funding to expand ASAS in the state of Ohio.

2012

  • Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii appropriates funding for statewide afterschool programming supporting programs like ASAS Hawaii.
  • 95,502 students served by ASAS across the country.
  • ASAS opens a Washington DC Home Office in order to have a voice in national policy discussions about important issues for youth.

2013

  • A new vision statement for After-School All-Stars is born: “Our vision is for our All-Stars to be safe and healthy, graduate high school and go to college, find careers they love, and give back to their communities.“
  • After-School All-Stars launches a chapter in Toledo, Ohio.
  • ASAS establishes a North Texas Chapter thanks to MetroPCS
  • 87,377 students served by ASAS.
  • After-School All-Stars and Afterschool Alliance team up with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute on Public Policy to conduct meetings on Capitol Hill to advocate to protect 21st Century Community Learning Center Funding that supports afterschool programming all across the country. Meetings with U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, House majority Whip, Senator Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Barbara Boxer and other bipartisan congressman and senators were successful in not only saving the funding but increasing it by $58M to $1.15B.
  • New York Life Insurance Foundation commits $4M over 4 years to support geographic expansion of After-School All-Stars to 6 new cities.

2014

  • After-School All-Stars served 72,053 students.
  • After-School All-Stars Newark and After-School All-Stars Philadelphia chapters are launched.
  • ASAS gains support from long-time partner C.S. Mott to launch first official advocacy program to conduct the research and data collection critical to good program and policy development.

2015

  • 70,316 students served by After-School All-Stars.
  • After-School All-Stars launches the Cleveland and Tampa chapters.
  • ASAS launches and scales STEM programming across the nation focusing on programs such as coding, robotics, music and film production.
  • ASAS establishes a National Evaluation Board of Advisors. VIEW BOARD
  • After-School All-Stars and Afterschool Alliance team up with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute to convene national leaders for a summit on the cause of after-school in Los Angeles, CA at the University of California. Protecting federal after-school funds was top of mind for all 400 attendees, including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, mayors of five U.S. cities, Evernote CEO Phil Libin, and bestselling author Tim Ferriss.

2016

  • After-School All-Stars is named a top rated non-profit by Great Non-Profits, a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator, a Platinum level charity by GuideStar and listed in the S & I 100, an index for the top-ranked charities in the nation.
  • After-School All-Stars served 73,706

2017

  • The Harris Family Foundation makes it possible for ASAS to open schools in Camden, New Jersey.
  • After-School All-Stars served 73,388
  • After-School All-Stars and Afterschool Alliance team up with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the USC Schwarzenegger Institute to convene national leaders for a summit on the cause of after-school in Los Angeles, CA at the University of California. We were joined by 500 afterschool and other civic leaders from all 50 states as well as thought leaders and celebrities like Van Jones, JJ Watt, Matt Iseman, Mario Lopez and Maverick Carter along with a special video appearance by Richard Branson. It was an inspiring day for all.

2018

  • After-School All-Stars teams up with NBA Cares and Team LeBron for the 2018 NBA All-Stars Games to raise awareness and funds for the cause of after-school. LEARN MORE
  • ASAS launches our “North Star” program framework to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits needed to succeed in the New Economy. LEARN MORE