By Emma Hong on
Arnold Schwarzenegger, on top of having been the Terminator and the current California governor, founded an organization called After-School All-Stars in 1992, which works to keep inner-city kids off the streets and out of trouble. This after school program gives students activities to do at school from 3 to 6 pm. According to Governor Schwarzenegger, “That’s the danger zone for kids. It’s usually when most of the juvenile crime, teen pregnancy and drug and alcohol related-issues happen. My idea was, let’s keep those kids under supervision, give them a positive alternative, homework assistance, tutoring and arts programs.”
Schwarzenegger recently left his “Golden State” for the New York East coast. Among the things he did during his stay in New York City, was attend the After-School All-Stars Gala. He was told that his mere appearance at the gala would bring an extra $250,000 for the charity, which is very helpful in such difficult economic times. He also got to talk to and meet a few of the 80,000 kids that are facilitated by this after-school program every year. After-School All-Stars has reached 13 cities around America, and it has also attracted many celebrity supporters, including hip-hop star, Fabolous. Fabolous was recently made the National Music Ambassador of the organization.
On June 21, 2010, After-School All-Stars actually visited the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Fabolous, along with the program’s president, CEO, chairman, and others, rang the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell in honor of his recent alliance with After-School All-Stars.
If you want to learn more about the After-School All-Stars organization and are interested in helping inner-city kids onto the road of more responsible and safe lives, please visit AfterSchoolAllStars.org.
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