Parent Organization: Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service
The After School Kids Program
~serving Washington, D.C.'s adjudicated youth since 1987~
Mission: The After School Kids Program seeks to empower adjudicated youth in the District of Columbia to make positive changes in their lives by challenging them with new learning opportunities and teaching them the necessary skills to successfully meet those challenges.
History: The After School Kids Program (ASK) has roots that reach back to 1980, but officially commenced operations in 1987. The ASK Program was begun by four caring people dedicated to serving the most vulnerable youth in the District of Columbia. Inspired by the Jerry M. case that propelled juvenile justice issues in Washington, DC to the forefront of social justice workers' agendas, Georgetown University Jesuit Harold Bradley, S.J. and graduate student Dan Porterfield, along with a Family Court Judge Ricardo Urbina and a Juvenile Probation Officer Denise Long, worked together to build the foundation upon which the ASK Program has continued to grow.