All-Star Program Alumni Elected to Board of America’s Promise Alliance
WASHINGTON D.C. (October 23, 2014) – After-School All-Stars (ASAS) announced today that ASAS South Florida alumnus, 17 year old high school student Ti’Andre Bellinger from the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, was elected to America’s Promise Alliance’s Board of Directors as one of two youth representatives. America’s Promise , the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, models youth involvement by having two youth leaders on both their Board of Directors and Alliance Trustees. Bellinger, a senior at Miami Jackson Senior High School, will serve a two-year term as a full voting member, playing a valuable role in the strategic direction of the organization.
“Youth voices are critical for bringing insight, energy and solutions to the work that we do so it is vital that they have a representative within our leadership,” said Alma J. Powell, America’s Promise board chair. “We look forward to working with Ti-Andre as we move forward with our national movement to ensure that all youth have opportunities to succeed.”
Bellinger participated in ASAS South Florida’s free daily comprehensive afterschool programs for three years at Brownville Middle School. He has continued to stay involved with ASAS as a mentor, volunteer and ambassador. Recently, Bellinger represented ASAS on a student panel at the National Summer Learning Association’s “Summer Learning Day 2014” held at the US Department of Education where he discussed the importance of summer learning opportunities. Bellinger also currently serves as a Miami-Dade County Youth Commissioner, where he works closely with city government, providing insight on matters affecting the youth population, and helping to create a symbiotic relationship between youth and the County. Of ASAS’ impact and his election to the board of America’s Promise, Bellinger says, “ASAS and their high school readiness programs put me on track to graduate high school and attend college. I look forward to working with America’s Promise as they seek to help kids fulfill similar goals and create opportunities for youth in our communities.”
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. Nearly 90,000 children from 15 U.S. regions benefit: ASAS serves Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.