Posted by Peter Kantzilieris
 
Paramus Rotary Club Meeting of Thursday July 12, 2018
 
The guest speaker for this week's Paramus Rotary Club meeting was Dax-Devlon Ross from After School All Stars.
 
      
After-School All-Stars provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life.  Their vision is for the All-Stars to be safe and healthy, to graduate high school and go on to college, to find careers they love and then give back to their communities. 
 

ASAS serves 73,706 low-income, at-risk youth at 351 Title I schools in 19 major cities across the country — from New York to Hawaii.

91% of ASAS students are youth of color

86% qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program

62% are in the middle school grades

The students do not have to pay to be members of ASAS nor are they charged any annual dues or fees to receive any of the eligible programs and services. All-Star programs only take place at Title I schools where more than 50% of students qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, a proxy for poverty. They currently operate on 353 school sites across the U.S. ASAS does not incur costs for daily transportation to and from their facilities or put students in position where they have to travel to programs alone. Middle school is an age group historically under served by after-school program providers. There are many programs for elementary school students in the form of structured day care. High schools offer numerous clubs, teams and extra-curricular activities. However, middle school students are often left with few safe and structured opportunities between 3 and 6 pm. Often middle school students are big enough to travel home alone after school and many parents become less concerned with where their children are and what they are doing after school. Sadly, studies show that 3:00pm-6:00 pm is the prime time when unsupervised students are most likely to become involved with gangs, crime, drugs and unsafe sex.
 
ASAS has moved from being a “National Program Provider” to being a “National Solution Provider” to severe crises facing America’s youth. In response to America’s youth obesity crisis, their created their “Sports as a Hook” program. In response to America’s high school drop crisis they have launched “We Are Ready” and “CampUs.” In response to America’s Civic Engagement Crisis, they have launched “Life. Service Action.” In response to America’s economic crisis, they have recently created “CEO: Career Exploration Opportunities” program.

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Our second presenter was Shannon O'Brien, a recipient of the Nicholas and Anita Laganella Scholarship.
 
 
Shannon graduated from Paramus High school last year and is currently attending Seton Hall University. She is in an accelerated program to become a speech pathologist. She is currently working at the Paramus Branch library for summer credits. 
 
~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~
 
~ Fred Rohdieck reminds everything that our club needs Greeters for the upcoming year! Please make sure you get your name on the list.
 
~ To honor the late Past Rotary International Director, Ray Wells, who has been a beacon of light in our clubs, districts, and around the world, we have obtained the permission from Paramus Mayor and related personnel to renovate and rededicate the current Paramus Rotary bandshell to “Raymond Wells Band Shell.” To do so, we have estimated the minimum cost of $5,300.  Some initial donations have been made from Rotarians in the Paramus Rotary Club to start the project. Now, we would like to open the opportunity to other Rotarians in the district who love Ray Wells and desire to contribute to this memorial.
If you would like to participate, please make your donation check payable to:
Paramus Rotary Club
PO Box 1003
Paramus, NJ 07653-1003
If you have any question, please feel free to contact our Club Service Director, Len LoPinto, who has been working diligently on the project, at lopinto@paramus.bccls.org or 973-800-0168.
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