We are ready

In response to America’s high school drop-out crisis, ASAS launched its We Are Ready (W.A.R.) program to better prepare our middle school students for success in high school and beyond. Our curriculum targets 8th graders who exhibit signs that they are at risk of dropping-out and helps them answer the question: Why does graduating from high school matter?Through career and college exposure, academic support, service projects, counseling and mentoring, W.A.R. provides middle school students with the skills, information, and confidence they need to successfully navigate their transition into high school so they are better prepared to graduate. Thus far, the program has been successfully piloted with over 1,500 students in 100 ASAS schools in Chicago, Miami, the San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Hawaii, Atlanta, and San Antonio.W.A.R. gives students concrete strategies for success in high school and beyond. This year’s W.A.R. participants shared the knowledge they gained from participating in the class, filling in the sentence, “to prepare for high school, college, and career, I will…” Student responses: “study more,” “take SAT prep classes,” “find clubs [in high school] that will help with my major and finding a job,” “get good grades,” “obtain a good mentor.”From our first pilot group of W.A.R. participants:

  • 99% were promoted to 9th grade with the rest of their class. 58% of W.A.R. students started on drop-out “Watch Lists,” demonstrating high risk for dropping out through low attendance and grades, and poor behavior.
  • 86% of W.A.R. students improved their daily school attendance and behavior evaluations.

More than 40 all-stars got a glimpse into life as a college student through CampUs®, a middle to high school transition camp hosted by After-School All-Stars (ASAS) Ohio.

CampUs® took place June 25th – June 30th at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The unique over night camp was created to better prepare seventh and eighth grade students for high school through workshops, trainings and group activities.

During CampUs®, students lived in a Denison University dormitory for the week and participated in daily classes on high school study skills, the college application process and leadership. The free camp also included career panels with local professionals, a community service project, and mentoring sessions with successful college students.

For many of the students who participated, it was their first time stepping foot on a college campus. The program aims to show them an alternative to dropping out of high school, and equips them with the skills they need to plan their future. CampUs® is part of the After-School All-Stars national initiatives.

Program Partners
National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA)
America’s Promise Alliance
Center for Student Opportunity
Program Funder
Walmart Foundation