By Timothy Parker Downtown Los Angeles PUBLISHED 11:57 AM ET Jan. 26, 2021 LOS ANGELES — Reshanda Gray is all in when it comes to serving her mentees in Southern California and all across America. She has a nonprofit called No Gray Areas. She’s a WNBA veteran guiding teenage girls with life lessons and basketball skills. “To help the next girl who grew up in the same position I grew up in,” Gray said. What You Need To Know – At the time she had never really played basketball – Kobe told her “in order to be the best, you have to envision yourself doing it” – Gray overcame family struggles Read more

Lakers Fan Gets Virtual Playoff Seats for Community Work By Timothy Parker Downtown Los Angeles PUBLISHED 10:15 AM ET Sep. 07, 2020 LOS ANGELES – As befitting someone with a downtown bird’s eye view of Staples Center, Tiana Gayton is among the lucky fans to get a virtual seat to Los Angeles Lakers playoff games in the NBA bubble in Orlando. “You actually feel like you’re in the stands with a group of people behind you cheering all together,” Gayton explained. The virtual seats are hard to come by. Those who land them can be seen across the world, cheering on their team. Select season ticket holders are picked, as Read more

Teens Advocating for Civic Engagement By John Fuentes What happens when adult allies continue to make authentic youth voice a priority? When High school students in various leadership groups from San Diego to Oakland, CA speak truth to power? When technology becomes a resource for across state collaboration? When young people meet up in Sacramento to speak to legislators about the challenges they’re faced with and how afterschool funding supports overcoming some of these challenges? Answer: a $50M ASES increase with the support of our “TACA”(Teens Advocating for Civic Engagement) youth. TACA started a little over a year ago when a group of CA3 (California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance) members discussed Read more

By Sam Piha (This blog was authored prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this point the decision to re-open schools in the Fall, and afterschool programs, is not yet clear. Thus, at the end of the blog, we list some suggestions on how youth can be involved in the Fall election digitally.) The 2020 election offers a number of opportunities to engage older youth and with recent Black Lives Matters escalating efforts, there is no better time for youth to be involved in making a change through the ballot box. We can frame these efforts as “meaningful participation”, “civic engagement”, “youth leadership” or “community service”. There are a number of Read more

By Vanessa Pappas, General Manager, TikTok US As schools across the country close, one of the greatest challenges facing many parents is how to feed their children. Millions of students, teachers and families depend on school resources for more than learning. The reality of this struck a nerve for the TikTok family, with many parents on our team and countless students, parents, families, and teachers in our community. As a company, we are committed to helping the broader TikTok family navigate through this extraordinarily difficult time. We are all operating in uncertain times, and it’s more important now than ever before, for both our local and global communities to come Read more

  Last December, Casey Hayward surprised ten families from After-School All-Stars Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) with $1,000 each, making their holidays more special. Fast forward five months later, and Hayward will be recognized as one of the program’s 2019 honorees. Along with what he did for ASAS-LA by his contributions to the L.A. community, Hayward is being honored for his “exceptional leadership skills and achievement across the full spectrum of responsibility.” “Any time you can come out and help somebody, (it’s good,)” Hayward said. “I’m not hurting, so I can go out here and help a lot of people as much as I can. Hopefully, more people can see it and hopefully other people Read more

As the world remembers Kobe Bryant the basketball great, ferocious competitor and global icon, there’s another side of Kobe characterized by his efforts to engage with children and inspire them to put the same passion he did into whatever they pursue in life. Staff and former students of After-School All-Stars recall the impact Kobe made in more than a decade serving as National Ambassador for the organization, one of the country’s largest providers of free after-school services for students in under-resourced communities. The legacy left by Kobe Bryant, who died on Sunday, January 26th, 2020, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on the Read more

Excelling in tech, sports, science, the arts, fitness, service, not to mention friends, love, and lots of yummy afternoon snacks are just some of the reasons why LeBron and students like Dequan ❤️ after school. Won’t you join them too? #ILoveAfterSchool #SaveAfterSchool #AfterSchoolWorks #AfterschoolForAll

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that Team LeBron has selected After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles as the community-based organization they will play for during the 67th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET) at Staples Center. The winning team will donate $350,000 and the losing team will donate $150,000 to their selected organization, which will also be highlighted throughout the NBA All-Star Game. As a part of this thrilling moment for the organization, we’re also getting the rare chance to engage some of our All-Star students in both the game and the #TeamLeBron practice. 15 students will be paired with players to run out on the court to Read more

Mentors Make A Difference. Reshanda Gray is an alumna of our ASAS Los Angeles program and current WNBA player for the Atlanta dream. She grew up in a one-bedroom apartment, where her parents battled with drug and alcohol abuse. “I was kicking and screaming,” says Reshanda, recalling the day the police separated her from her mom. “For us to be driving away in the back of a police car and have your mom chasing the car down. No kid should have to go through that…” Reshanda joined ASAS, which quickly became her safe haven. Tyrone Dinnen became a life-long mentor and encouraged her to try basketball, giving her life new Read more