According to After-School All-Stars North Texas advocate Gina Betts,
“After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is the largest national organization, with a strong local presence, that specifically focuses on serving middle school age students.
“As ASAS’ name recognition grows in North Texas, we are eager to demonstrate the need for the programming that After School All Stars provides. My wish is that more corporations and individuals will become advocates and donors to ASAS in 2019.
“Studies show that 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. is the prime time when unsupervised students are most likely to become involved with gangs, crime, drugs and unsafe sex. ASAS does not incur costs for daily transportation to and from our facilities or put students in a position where they have to travel to programs alone. We are honored that the Crystal Charity Ball Committee selected ASAS as 2018 beneficiary providing a great platform as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Our students do not have to pay to be members of ASAS nor are they charged annually dues to fees to receive programming and services. Our programs only take place at Title I schools where more than 50 percent of students qualify for federal Free and Reduced Lunch program, a proxy for poverty.
“Every day, our program initiatives work to address the most prevalent and pressing issues facing our youth. ASAS inspires students to be healthy, graduate high school and go on to college, find a career they love and give back to their community. Please visit asasnorthtexas.org to find how you can become a part of the ASAS solution.”