The After-School Association of America (ASAA) was created through participation in community organizations that focus on gang reduction. We are a national organization working with schools to prevent gang affiliation by increasing the number of youth supported during out-of-school times.
Keeping young adults and children busy after school means fewer chances or likelihood of them developing bad habits or affiliation with gangs and violence. ASAA’s mission is to provide schools the funding and access to out-of-school activities to enrich the lives of students for years to come.
“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
About the Founder
The founder, Michelle D. Busby, ran away from her home at the tender age of fourteen due to physical and emotional abuse. She knew she wanted to become a lawyer, and made a point to finish school and go on to attend law school. She was heavily involved in activities as well as school throughout her academic career.
Through all of this, she learned about the world through the eyes of others. While always occupied, she became equipped to go onto be successful and graduate from law school. While in law school, Busby also was a mother of two and she taught an eighth grade class at the same time.
While teaching and going to school, Busby brought in several after school activities to the school where she worked and she made sure they were properly staffed and taken care of. Many students who participated in the activities brought friends and family with them and the activities grew and took off.
Many of these students had parents working off schedules, such as second and third shifts. They didn’t have help with homework or a safe place to go after school. Busby keeps in contact with many of these students still to this day into adulthood.
In 2014, Busby’s now thirteen year old daughter came home disappointed. When Busby asked her what was wrong, she said she didn’t get selected to stay after school. When Busby inquired with the school to confirm the information, the principal told her they didn’t have enough staff to stay and they couldn’t get all the students home.
Busby decided then and there to take action, and was able to get her daughter into the program and get $10,000 towards transportation support. The school was then able to offer programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It was then that Busby decided to join any board or organization that concerned youth in hopes of helping others.
In 2014, Busby created the After- School Association of America because she believes in the power of strong after-school programs and their effect on children and young adults. No school should have any barriers to resources or success. The more programs provided the more students will be enriched and that leads to a better future for our country.
Make A Difference Today
The After-School Association of America (ASAA) provides numerous programs for schools, including grant opportunities of up to $10,000 in total. These grants go towards public, home and private schools for critical resources.
These grants provide much-needed help with student fees, transportation, program resources, after school program administration, volunteer trips, supplies, after-school materials, and volunteer referrals.
The ASAA strives to increase the number of youth who participate in after school activities, remove cost barriers for schools and programs, ensure safe transportation for all participants, and to ensure students are living enriched lives through after school programs and offerings.