Las Vegas – The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary for After-School All-Stars Las Vegas (ASAS), which has served tens of thousands of Southern Nevada youth in its two-decade history. One of 15 chapters nationwide, ASAS was founded locally in 1995 by Elaine Wynn as Greater Las Vegas Inner-City Games, providing weekend sports programs for youth across the Las Vegas Valley. In 2003, the organization transformed its model to provide academic and enrichment after-school programs throughout the school year, becoming After-School All-Stars.
Today, ASAS operates in 13 different Clark County School District elementary and middle schools, serving more than 5,500 low-income and underprivileged students. In Nevada, approximately 100,000 school children are alone and unsupervised after school. Often referred to as the “danger zone,” the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are when children are most at risk of making poor choices and indulging in risky behaviors such as drugs, alcohol, sex, violence and gang activity. ASAS is the only provider of free, comprehensive after-school programs in the Las Vegas valley, with a mission to keep children safe and help them achieve in school and in life.
In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, ASAS has announced a series of events beginning in February 2015 to increase awareness of the non-profit’s programs and raise critical funds to expand services to meet the growing need for children who otherwise would be left alone during the hours immediately following school:
- All-Star Dodgeball Fundraiser – Feb. 21 at UNLV Mendenhall Center: Fun, friendly dodgeball competition for corporate and individual teams. Spectators welcome. Learn more here.
- Splashdown for Kids at Wet ‘n’ Wild – April 25 & 26: The park is open to the public with specially priced tickets. All ticket and food proceeds benefit ASAS and Communities in Schools Nevada. Learn more here.
- ASAS Celebrates 20 Years of Empowering Youth – Sept. 26 at SLS Beach Life: An evening under the stars with cocktails, food, entertainment and special guests. Details to follow.