We are ready
I CAN TACKLE CHALLENGES
In response to America’s high school drop-out crisis, ASAS launched its We Are Ready (W.A.R.) program to better prepare our middle school students for success in high school and beyond. Our curriculum targets 8th graders who exhibit signs that they are at risk of dropping-out and helps them answer the question: Why does graduating from high school matter?Through career and college exposure, academic support, service projects, counseling and mentoring, W.A.R. provides middle school students with the skills, information, and confidence they need to successfully navigate their transition into high school so they are better prepared to graduate. Thus far, the program has been successfully piloted with over 1,500 students in 100 ASAS schools in Chicago, Miami, the San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Hawaii, Atlanta, and San Antonio.W.A.R. gives students concrete strategies for success in high school and beyond. This year’s W.A.R. participants shared the knowledge they gained from participating in the class, filling in the sentence, “to prepare for high school, college, and career, I will…” Student responses: “study more,” “take SAT prep classes,” “find clubs [in high school] that will help with my major and finding a job,” “get good grades,” “obtain a good mentor. If you want to learn more about the initiative please take a look at “Selling Eighth-Graders on College” by Aaron Dworkin.