After-School Achievement Program (ASAP)
The Mayor’s After-School Achievement Program (ASAP) is designed to expand after-school opportunities for Houston youth. Through ASAP, the City of Houston funds schools & non-profit agencies to provide after-school programming for elementary & middle school-age youth. ASAP activities are offered during the school year, September to June, Monday-Friday, generally between 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Funded schools & organizations set their own curricula in collaboration with students, teachers, parents & program partners. Through ASAP, youth enjoy a well-rounded experience by participating in our required four key component areas.
- Academic Enhancement
Activities may include tutorials, homework assistance, subject-specific & technology activities, test preparatory skills, and college exposure/preparatory skills.
- Skill Development
Activities may include leadership development, team building, conflict management, financial literacy, and job readiness/career orientation skills, or other skill-specific or asset-based projects.
Activities may include recreation & sports; arts; dance; creative writing; and career exploration & technology activities.
- Community Involvement
Activities may include citizenship, volunteerism, parental involvement, youth service projects & community service.
How to Apply
In order to be considered for funding, all interested applicants must attend at least one mandatory application workshop & meet the minimum requirements of the program. All workshops to be held at the Houston Parks & Recreation Department Recreation & Wllness Building 6200 Wheeler Bldg #3. Parking is available.
Mandatory Application Workshops
- Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Houston Parks & Recreation Department
Recreation & Wellness Building
6200 Wheeler Bldg #3
(Parking is available throughout the campus)
After-School Partnership Fair
- Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Since 1997, the city of Houston has funded after-school programming for youth through the Mayor's After-School Achievement Program (ASAP), a cornerstone of Mayor Lee P. Brown's administration & evidence of his commitment to Houston's youth. ASAP continues to receive strong support & leadership under the current administration with Mayor Parker & City Council Members. ASAP is designed to engage juveniles in structured, supervised activities after school to reduce juvenile crime & victimization during these dangerous hours.
Significant improvements were made to ASAP in the summer of 2004, when the program moved under the administration & leadership of the Houston Parks & Recreation Department. During this transition, new program guidelines were implemented & enforced, as well as the addition of staff to conduct site visits in an effort to ensure contract compliance & provide technical assistance.
The ASAP Goals are as follows:
- To provide safe, supervised, structured programming for youth after school
- To prevent delinquency & reduce crime committed by/against juveniles
- To improve participants’ school performance, conduct, and attendance
- To encourage the ongoing involvement of parents & the community in youth programs.
- To motivate youth to develop citizenship & good health habits
- To build positive partnerships to create fun, affordable, quality after-school programming for youth in Houston
Through ASAP, the City of Houston funds schools & non-profit agencies to provide after-school programming for a minimum of 30 children per site, at least five days per week between 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. Each funded school or non-profit organization sets its own curricula, usually with input from students, parents & other collaborative partners. However, each curriculum must incorporate academic enhancement, enrichment, skill development & community service.
Survey data from the 2008-2009 program year demonstrated overwhelming student, parent & teacher support for the program. 96% of the parents reported that the program had a positive impact on homework assistance, grades, behavior & school attendance, while 60% of the parents also indicated that without the existence of the after-school program the youth would be cared for by a relative, sibling, or home alone. In addition, 98% of the parents reported that the program made it easier to work outside of the home or go to school.
The After-School Achievement Program has expanded significantly. In 1998, ASAP started as a pilot project operation on 11 HISD school campuses, and currently for the 2009-2010 school year, ASAP is serving over 3,000 youth at 42 sites in 2 local independent school districts, and 11 non-profit organizations throughout Houston.
The After-School Achievement Program began with a pilot program of 11 schools in 1997, and has expanded ever since.
All ASAP sites are required to provide matching funds and/or in-kind contributions from collaborative partners. Matching funds are typically used to fund snacks, transportation, field trips & special events. First year sites must provide a $10,000 match with in-kind funds.