After School Prevention Resources (ASPR) is an out-of-school-time program for teens ages 11-17. The program is located on the near west-side, but since many of the teens attend magnate schools they live throughout the greater Cleveland area. The program seeks to identify and reduce the factors that place adolescents at high risk for engaging in delinquent behavior and/or using alcohol and other drugs and to enhance resiliency factors to reduce the likelihood of these behaviors. With 70% of juvenile crime occurring between 3 p.m. and early evening, ASPR provides a timely, safe and supportive place for teens during the hours immediately following the school day.
Committed to high standards of youth development programming, ASPR uses the quality improvement tools of the Youth Program Quality Assessment (“YPQA”) developed by the David P. Weikart Center.
ASPR teens are exposed to and engaged in activities that promote fundamental social values in the following ways:
• Teens have direct interaction with mature caring adults.
• They participate in enriching activities that teach skills such as fair play, conflict resolution, positive peer interaction, and create competence.
• They exercise body and mind in such areas as computers, creative art and music projects, cooking classes, games, basketball, aerobics, and field trips.
• They learn to be good citizens by giving back to the community through community service.
• Teens also learn and practice basic values through the celebrated Rites of Passage Program that is based on the principles of Kwanzaa.
• The QTeam is a youth adult partnership that improves the quality of youth programming in our community through trained observation and feedback from a youth perspective.
In addition ASPR tracks social and emotional outcomes using the Developmental Assets Profile developed by the Search Institute.
Located at St. Paul’s Community Church, W. 45th and Franklin in Ohio City, ASPR is open Monday through Friday from 2:30-5:30 p.m. throughout the year.
Partners: Starting Point/MyCOM, United Black Fund, Episcopal Community Services, Thomas White Fund, The Wiebe Fund, The Cleveland Foundation St. Paul’s Community Church, United Church of Christ.
Contact: Gary Mazzeo, Program Manager at GMazzeo@lmmyouth.org 216.651.6841