ASAP students at Laclede and Mann elementary schools are using grants from Monsanto to create evidence-based solutions that promote science for after school students.
This month, Monsanto presented the two ASAP programs with $1,000 Dannette Ward Science Education grants. The grants will be used to complete an outdoor ecosystem at Mann Elementary, and will assist Laclede Elementary with a school-wide science fair that takes place during the after school hours.
"The funds will be used to emphasize science education, highlight collaboration between the school and the ASAP after school programs, as well as a recruitment tool to show students the kinds of fun and educational activities that take place in after school programs," said Gloria Hampton, Director of After School Programs at Neighborhood Houses.
Founded in 2007, ASAP is a community effort to increase the quality and access to after school programs in the Greater St. Louis area. More than 2,200 students are served through ASAP each year
ARCHS and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) College of Education (COE) have launched a new partnership that will provide UMSL COE students with the opportunity to secure part-time employment at an After School for All Partnership (ASAP) program site during the 2014-2015 school year.
At the ASAP Employment Resource Fair on April 28, 2014, UMSL COE students networked with ASAP's six providers that serve more than 2,300 students at 29 after school locations. By working at an ASAP program, instead of a traditional part time job in retail or food service, UMSL COE students will gain real life career and educational experience. ASAP's program staffs, students, and parents will benefit from the students' coursework at UMSL COE related to best practices in early childhood and K-12 education.
PHOTO GALLERY: ASAP EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE FAIR
Girl Scouts' BFF Program
The Girls Scouts are currently turning ASAP students into leaders through its character development curriculum, "Be a Friend First" (BFF), at five after school sites. BFF is an eight-week program created to help girls develop healthy relationship skills, understand relational aggression, and learn about conflict resolution and bullying prevention.
"After school programs are a great forum to reach girls for non-formal instruction. One of the aims of ASAP is to build student social and life skills and develop character," said Michelle Johnson, Grant Programs Manager for the Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri.
Johnson believes BFF not only builds character, but it also helps strengthen self-confidence, identifies bully exclusive behaviors, teaches how to resolve conflicts peacefully and constructively, builds trusting relationships with classmates, and helps girls to feel empowered to create a culture of peace.
"Girls will work on a project of their own design to address bullying in their school and this kind of taking action is key to Girl Scouts -making the world a better place," Johnson said.
The program, which is based on the Girl Scouts national leadership curriculum, is currently being taught at ASAP after school sites at Adams Park Community Center, and Dunbar, Fairview, Hanrahan, and Mann elementary schools.
Saint Louis University's "1,000 Tickets Initiative"
ASAP after school students are going blue for winter through a new partnership that is providing tickets to Saint Louis Billikens men's basketball games.
Saint Louis University's "1,000 Tickets Initiative" reaches out to community organizations, and donates tickets to home basketball games at Chaifetz Arena
Monsanto's Science Education Outreach Program will offer hands-on demonstrations for After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP) students. ASAP students in 34 schools will benefit greatly from the expertise of Monsanto's scientists to encourage STEM learning. Monsanto plans to visit all ASAP sites by December 2013.
ASAP is a community effort to increase the quality and access to after school programs in the Greater St. Louis area.
"We are very excited that ASAP students will receive this great opportunity to learn from science professionals at Monsanto," said ARCHS' Vice President of K-12 Programs Kristy Kight. "There is a growing focus on STEM learning in the school day environment, so for after school students to be further engaged in science by experts such as Monsanto staff is a great benefit for ASAP programs."
The Monsanto Science Education Outreach offers 10 programs focused around STEM education, such as States of Matter & Chemistry Fun, Chromatography, Black Light Fun, Chlorophyll: The Power of Plants, How Fast Does that Plant Grow, and more.
Maggie Cole, a member of ARCHS' Board of Directors and the Global Manufacturing Sustainability Lead at Monsanto, assisted in bringing the two organizations together to provide the STEM educational opportunities for ASAP.
"Being on the Board of Directors for ARCHS has given me another avenue to link this community resource where there could be value," Cole said. "The ASAP program provides a great way for Monsanto to reach future scientists in the St. Louis region."