Through ASAP, Alberto Rivera worked as a baseball coach at Asphalt Green in New York City. —Photo courtesy of The After-School Corporation
The ASAP strategy builds on local assets, while maintaining broad core elements to support program success. The core elements include:
>> Staffing: Youth have opportunities to develop relationships with caring adults who are experts in their field and who have youth development experience. Programs maintain low (10:1) youth to staff ratios.
>> Participation: Youth are held to high expectations for intensive participation. Training program requires participation after-school and on weekends, three days a week, with 8-week apprenticeships and 6-week internships.
>> College and career readiness: Program provides youth with authentic, hands-on work experience and aims to advance career and college-readiness skills through a two-tiered selection process consisting of an application and interview, stipends, and opportunity to advance to an internship after successful completion of the training program.
>> Youth development: Programs hold high expectations for youth and create opportunities for leadership and exploration of new talents and skills.
>> Coordinating entity: Intermediary organizations help support implementation of the ASAP strategy by providing project oversight, brokering relationships with key stakeholders, and promoting program quality.