URGENT CALL TO ACTION
A chance to advocate for very deserving children!
We are urging you to join us on May 26 in a Day of Action to oppose the $100 million cut to the After School Education & Safety (ASES) program proposed last week by the Governor in his May revision budget. These cuts would have a drastic effect on the most vulnerable children STAR serves on a daily basis as well as over 400,000 other severely at risk children in California.
This afterschool grant is so crucial to:
keeping them safe on campus after school so parents can return to work
making sure they have the after programs that will help them succeed during the school day
making sure they are provided one more meal before they go to a home with no food in the refrigerator.
We must act now to avoid drastic cuts to this program.
Some statistics about the ASES program include:
84% of children in ASES afterschool programs in California are economically disadvantaged.
9 out of 10 children in ASES afterschool programs are children of color.
1/3 children in After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs are English learners.
25% of California’s homeless students depend on our state’s afterschool programs.
The current crisis is disproportionately affecting the children and families who attend California’s publicly funded afterschool programs, and now is not the time to reduce service.
STAR is proud to provide matching funds for this program for the 1800+ children we provide free services to on a daily basis. We have seen them thrive, graduate with honors, go to college and overcome every obstacle because of this grant.
We are a witness to the how much these beautiful, deserving children need us to fight for them! They need all of us to stand up for them, to represent them at the most desperate time. We need to be their voice.
Meet with your children. Involve them in this moment to advocate for other children. Do this as a family that puts children FIRST!!
We are including the information you need as to where to send your messages.
We are asking you to contact the Budget Committee and Budget Subcommittee Chairs to act to keep the ASES program safety net intact. We need to keep our kids safe and to enable all parents to go back to work and help restart the economy.
1.Text “AFTERSCHOOL” TO 52886
You will immediately receive a reply text with a link to find ways to contact the education budget leaders to make your voice heard.
2. Spread the word:
Share your concerns on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags –
#saveafterschool #afterschoolworks #CAafterschoolworks
an example Tweet would be - Do not cut funding for afterschool. #afterschool safeguards #equity across #losangeles #CAafterschoolworks
These are the members of the committee that should be included in your Tweet -
The Honorable Holly Mitchell--------@hollyjmitchell
Chair, Senate Budget Committee
The Honorable Richard Roth---------@generalroth
Chair, Senate Budget Subcommittee #1
The Honorable Phil Ting---------@philting
Chair, Assembly Budget Committee
The Honorable Kevin McCarty---------@asmkevinmccarty
Chair, Assembly Budget SubCommittee #2
Governor Gavin Newsom @gavinnewsom
This is a beautiful opportunity for you to teach our children that supporting others is an honor and a gift for everyone!
Thank you for your love of children and your generous hearts!
“One of a Kind” a brand-new initiative we’ll be implementing in the 2018- 2019 school year. With “One of a Kind”, we’ll be encouraging students to commit acts of kindness every day, with an end goal of one million total acts of kindness across the STAR program throughout the school year. We’re in touch with celebrity ambassa- dors who will encourage students to meet this goal. Students will be recognized for their acts of kindness.
This campaign will be coupled with the conflict resolution and anti-bullying program that we’ve implemented in several schools. This program has been renamed “You Hear Me, I Hear You”.
In addition, we will be augmenting our neuroscience program “Navigating Our Brains: You’re the Driver” for all students, which includes a unit on self- regulation. Currently, we are providing neuroscience training to our directors
STAR students were ready to perform for the Largest Children’s Earth Day in Los Angeles. They prepared all year to brighten everybody’s day! Teamwork makes the dream work!
and teachers as well as many school districts throughout the County of Los Angeles. We’re excited to make this program available to our students.
In summary, we believe that the combination of these programs will help create a kinder and more understanding generation of young people.
"ONE OF A KIND"
-A Million Acts of Kindness, Your Kid is a Part of This
SAVE THE DATE
STAR Education’s mission is to offer extended educational, recreational, and enrichment programs to students; support and enhance school curriculum; improve student achievement; and expand the cultural base of young people through innovative, quality programs offered by highly qualified instructors.
We have seen a 200% increase in our test scores.
- Richard Da Sylveria, Principal, Cowan Elementary School
My son was inspired to play baseball by his instructor at STAR. Through his encouragement, my son now plays on his high school’s Varsity Baseball team!
– Jolie Barretta Keyser, STAR parent
STAR strengthens self-image and helped increase our API test scores by 117 points.
– Vidda Borough, Principal, La Ballona Elementary