The Athletic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to student athletes at Mission High School. We create and cultivate a college-bound culture by providing access to college summer school programs, one-on-one mentoring, individualized college counseling services and college persistence programs to provide support students to and through college.
01. Pre-College COUNSELING/College Access ADVISing
ASAP assists students with the college selection, application and financial aid processes. We help year round with CSU, UC, Common apps, and other general college applications including applying for FAFSA or Dream Act.
02. SUMMER Camps On College CAMPUSES
ASAP provides students with full scholarships to attend summer camps (academic, leadership-building or sports-related residential programs on college campuses) to experience life in a college setting, meet new people, and feel empowered about going to college.
04. COLLEGE PERSISTENCE: ALUMNI MENTORING PROGRAM (AMP)
Our College Persistence Program's goal is to provide more resources for our Alumni to be successful in college and graduate. ASAP's Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP) is a program where older Mission alumni currently in college mentor freshmen alumni to help them better navigate college life.
03. ASAP College prep class for Juniors
Our own Junior advisory that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. The goal is to start early and prepare for the upcoming college process in senior year, including researching campuses, starting on personal statements and SAT prep with @KhanAcademy.
05. College persistence: Scholarships
ASAP offers help with financial aid and scholarship applications. We also offer our own scholarships, including the Promise Scholarship, which provides financial support as well as college and career mentorship.
07. Parent Program
We are continuing to build out our parent program with our Lead Parents to better support and educate parents on the college application process and beyond. Parents interested in joining should email Wendy.
06. College Success Advisors (CSA's)
We employ Mission ASAP alumni or other near-peer advisors in our office who have graduated college or are in their final semester to advise our high school seniors as part of our Pre-College Counseling.
ASAP is a unique college-counseling and support space
Athletic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP) began with a few people who believed that they could help make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth and has evolved into a multi-year commitment to an entire school. ASAP has grown from a grassroots effort to send a soccer team to camp into a year round college access and persistence program helping students at San Francisco’s Mission High School on their journeys to and through college.
In 2004, after a series of gang-related student deaths, Scott Kennedy – the school’s athletic director and soccer coach – hoped to bring his team to summer camp at UC Berkeley, not only to learn skills but also to remove them from the violence in their communities. The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article about the gang violence affecting the soccer team at Mission High. Responding to the article, Judy Grossman helped to raise money to send those 18 soccer players to UC Berkeley for summer camp. As she got to know the students better, she realized the need to create a larger support system to help them explore academic and athletic opportunities, as well as to apply for college. Working with Scott Kennedy and then-Principal Kevin Truitt, they created the Athletic Scholars Advancement Program.
ASAP has expanded from working with a handful of students in 2004 to more than 300 students today. It has evolved into a year-round comprehensive program that provides pre-college mentoring and in-college support for students from all backgrounds. Since its inception, over 1100 students have attended summer enrichment programs on college campuses, at no cost to the participant.
Today, in addition to our summer programs, we also have our own student advisory with more than 20 students, individualized pre-college counseling(includes all different parts of the application process, financial aid, and scholarships), and college persistence through our Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP) and ASAP scholarships. The programs are run by our small, diverse, and dedicated staff with assistance from well-trained volunteers.
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