In-School Program Grant
Periodically, ASA awards grants for the development and expansion of
in-school programs that advance our mission to help students know themselves, know their options, and make informed decisions to achieve their education and career goals.
Questions? Contact Liliana Ornelas, Manager of Programs and Curriculum, at Lornelas@asa.org.
COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants for NYC Public School Educators
The COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program has been created to support educator-led initiatives to prepare themselves, their colleagues, and students or school community to adapt to educational challenges due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This grant opportunity is open to all middle and high school educators who work in New York City Public Schools. Funding will be awarded in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000 and $7,500. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. For more information and questions, please reach out to Grants@asa.org
Find the application here.
Our ASA Partners
Our ASA Partners
Together with our partners, we’re helping students make informed decisions to achieve their education and career goals. Some of our partners include:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
- Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) – Claim Your Future
- Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)
- Red Sox Scholars
- The Mario Umana Academy, Dearborn STEM Academy and Boston Green Academy in Boston
- The Ashfield, North and West Middle Schools in Brockton
- Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University
- Big Sisters of Boston
- The Sasaki Foundation
- Junior Achievement
- World of Work
ASA Partner Testimonials
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Through our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, ASA impacts over 17,000 youth across Boston and Chelsea. ASA has made a multi-year commitment to fund a Director of Workforce Development position, which focuses on programming and opportunities to help members in grades 7-12 identify their interests and skills, and expose them to a wide variety of alternative pathways to education and training. Club members will be better prepared for success in the multi-skilled workforce they will enter. This partnership addresses a variety of needs in the community by increasing career awareness, identifying opportunities for our youth, and paving the way to fill the existing regional skills gap.
Another important connection to the Boys & Girls Clubs across Massachusetts is our Operation Exploration program. ASA provides monthly sessions for BGC members in grades 7-10 to learn from local professionals about their own experiences in choosing education and career pathways. The goal is to provide practical knowledge and actionable steps to make informed decisions for education and careers.
Josh Kraft, Nicholas President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
“Through our partnership with American Student Assistance, we are able to create and implement a quality workforce development program to prepare our members for success in today’s competitive global workforce. ASA’s knowledge of financial and educational planning, paired with BGCB’s existing career development programming, will benefit our preteen and teen members tremendously as they plan for their futures. We look forward to working with ASA to help our members realize their full potential as the next generation of Boston employees and business leaders.”
Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) – Claim Your Future
ASA partners with the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) to create a customized version of Claim Your Future – an interactive classroom activity and online game that encourages students to explore education after high school, future careers, and money management. Through the game, students begin to understand the strong connection between the choices they make today and their opportunities in the future. They also gain exposure to many new career options and the real-world implications of each. The program is proven to expand knowledge and engage students in grades 5-12. Teachers have used the program as a one-time classroom activity or as part of a larger unit on careers, higher education, and money management.
By providing Claim Your Future to nearly 100 classrooms and our many community partners, we will reach over 45,000 students in our first year.
ASA is partnering with MENTOR to expand quality youth mentoring relationships across the country. As the opening plenary speaker for the 2019 National Mentoring Summit, ASA is strategically aligned with MENTOR to help young people explore alternative pathways while becoming career-ready. ASA understands and values the critical role of mentors in young people’s lives, and is working to identify new areas to establish and/or expand mentoring. ASA is committed to increasing mentoring programs for young people as they explore the realities of their educational and career options.
David Shapiro, CEO, MENTOR
“MENTOR is proud to partner with ASA toward achieving our shared goal of expanding social capital and reinforcing the fabric of communities, both locally and nationally. It is so important that philanthropic leaders follow ASA’s example of investing in relationships that will open doors to a wider range of opportunities that align with young people’s unique skills, interests, and abilities. We applaud ASA for their commitment to expanding support, pathways, and opportunity for our young people and our nation’s strength, justice, and prosperity.”
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)
The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) continues their long-standing partnership with ASA to focus on middle and high school students interested in pursuing a career in higher education, with a trajectory toward senior leadership. With enrollment of Hispanic students in U.S. colleges and universities currently at over 3.4 million, we partner to ensure that in the future there will be more than 4% Latino leadership in this critical space. We will provide students with opportunities to explore career interests and strengths, while being exposed to careers that match their aspirations.
Beginning in 2019, middle and high school students from Hispanic Serving School Districts will participate in a career exploration forum and an introduction to careers on college and university campuses. Students will meet with representatives from each department and see their work first-hand. This ASA-sponsored initiative will ensure that more students are exposed to higher education careers, which we hope will result in an increase in the number of Hispanic leaders ascending to the highest ranks on campus.
Red Sox Scholars
ASA partners with the Red Sox Scholars program to deliver programming that educates and equips nearly 300 Boston Public School students with the skills necessary to achieve workforce success to compete in the 21st century. Our direct support of a Red Sox Foundation Fellow helps Scholars develop plans to stay on track for career and educational achievement. By funding a Completion Grant, ASA ensures that Scholars and their families have access to relief from financial obstacles that could cause them to deviate from their chosen path.
Rebekah Splaine Salwasser, Executive Director, Red Sox Foundation
“The Red Sox Foundation is honored to work with American Student Assistance as the Official Workforce Development Partner of our Red Sox Scholars program this year. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth, and one way that we’ve been able to achieve our mission is by providing greater educational opportunities through our Red Sox Scholars program. With the added expertise and support of American Student Assistance, we are excited to further strengthen the academic, professional, and social support for our students from middle school through college.”
Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University
Through a combination of grant funding and in-kind support, American Student Assistance is partnering with the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University to provide college and career readiness activities to Latinx students at middle schools in Springfield, Massachusetts throughout the school year. Services provided included the Claim Your Future budgeting tool; workshops for students and families on improving home/school communication; and enrichment classes and after school activities focused on social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills as well as the leadership and social skills needed for academic pursuits and career development.
Additionally, ASA plays an instrumental role as part of the LEI/WSU-led working group launching In Pursuit of Equity, Accountability and Success: Latinx Students in Massachusetts Schools (PEAS)—a multi-year initiative uniting multiple systems and sectors around community, policy, and practitioner-centered solutions to address the current system of unequal outcomes in educational attainment and institutional treatment.