The Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation Mission and Vision
Our Mission and Values | Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation
The Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF)’s goal is to help bridge the academic performance gap among underachieving students by extending the school day and year with wholesome, skill-building activities designed to improve New York City children’s academic performance, health and wellness, attitude towards school, self-confidence, character and values, and opportunity for lifelong employment.
SASF, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is one of the largest providers of school-based after-school programs in New York City and the metropolitan region. We serve more than 20,000 students in over 150 public schools. These students typically live in low-income neighborhoods and attend academically struggling schools in grades K-12.
Programs run year-round before and after school, on Saturdays, over school holiday periods and during the summer. Programs, provided free of charge, are primarily funded with public monies that are supplemented with private funds.
SASF-Currently offered Activity Information:
- Snack – Students will receive a healthy snack
- Homework Help - Students will receive help with homework or other school related activities. Tutors, Teachers and Activity Specialists will be on hand to provide guidance and support. There are no other activities taking place during homework period.
- Visual Arts – The students will learn about the visual arts in a hands-on project based activity which will serve to promote both creative and introspective expression. The art class will use diverse mediums like paint and clay to create projects.
- Music Production – Students will develop skills in digital music production. Utilizing technology to create their own songs which they will then record and edit using proprietary software designed for that purpose. The activity consists of creative writing, music theory, music history and artistic expression as supplementary components. Created music will fit an overall theme which will be voted on by students.
- Technology – This activity will utilize 2 web-based programs to provide comprehensive STEM components to students in the areas of coding and engineering. CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers. Tinkercad is a free 3-D design program which is used in conjunction with 3-D printers to create objects. Items designed by students will be exhibited in the schools display case. As a part of our theme of Healthy Heroes, the students will design their very own action figures complete with special abilities of their own creation which will demonstrate aspects of a healthy lifestyle. This activity will seek to get students thinking of what qualities make a healthy hero and how they can emulate them in their daily lives. Attendance of two hours of coding per week is mandatory for all students.
- Math Help – This activity will provide an opportunity for Teachers to give students an in-depth and hands-on supplement to their school day lessons. The purpose of the activity is to allow lessons to be taught in a more thorough manner and to allow students to have more time to learn new blocks. In the spring, the activity will branch out to provide added preparation for the state tests and the HS Regents exams. These lessons will adhere to common core standards and will align closely with the school day's learning initiatives.
- Sports – Program employs the SASF Sports, Health & Fitness Curriculum which is based on the sports education model to promote good nutrition, character education and healthy active lifestyle. This activity focuses on health and wellness utilizing organized athletic instruction and competition. Students will learn about key foundations of all sports such as sportsmanship, fair-play, practice, discipline, effort and, fun. Sports will be taught starting from the basics and will involve drills to build skills and teach fundamentals. Examples of sports the students will learn are Football, Basketball, Baseball, Badminton,
- Table Tennis and Volleyball.
- Orchestra - Students will learn read and play classical music. Through a partnership with the host school an organization called Multicultural Music Group will be on site to facilitate instruction in the various instruments with the end goal being to form a full orchestra. Students will be taught to read music and will be lent an instrument of their choosing for both practicing and performances. The activity consists of music theory, music history and artistic expression as supplementary components. Performances willbe recorded with the help of the students in the digital music production activity..
- Leadership - Our leadership class will help participants build on their character by exploring on the following themes Self-Identity, Respect, Diversity, Communication, Relationships, and Social Responsibility through a variety of hands-on-activities such as : Act it out-( Skits), Sketch to stretch-Small group instruction where students take ideas or concept and portray them in picture students will present their overall message. Think Pair Share- Open ending and critical thinking questions have students responding to one another to promote teamwork respect and good listening. KWL - Students use a graphic organizer of what they know of what they want to know and what they learned. Journal writing- students write down their thoughts and feeling and encourage them to be reflective leaders with a good character lens. Attendance of two hours of leadership a week is mandatory for all students.