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Archive | 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday we shared what some of our AYS staff are thankful for this time of year. Today, it’s the kids’ turn. These young people are why we do what we do. Thank you, again, for allowing us to be a part of their lives. Parents, you have so much to be proud of. Eliana, age […]

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Giving Thanks to the AYS Family

We have so many things to be thankful for this year, it’s difficult to list them all. Our administrators, our support staff…our site directors, our kids and the families who entrust their care with us. At AYS, we are fortunate to work for an organization that makes a difference in young people’s lives every day, […]

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Lights On Lights Up Attention for After-School Programs

In nearly every community in the United States, you could find a Lights On Afterschool celebration this year – and thanks to AYS, Central Indiana was no exception. Organized by the Afterschool Alliance, Lights On Afterschool is a nationwide effort to urge greater investment in quality afterschool programs, which keep kids safe, inspire them to […]

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Lights On, AYS!

It’s that time of year again! Every October, we celebrate Lights On Afterschool to raise awareness of the crucial contributions that after-school programs make to our schools and communities. This year, the national date of the Lights On celebration is Thursday, October 22. While Lights On is a great time for us to shine a […]

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Out-of-School Time is Also Crucial to Kids’ Success

by Chrystal Struben, President & CEO, AYS, Inc. I recently read a story in the Indianapolis Star that caught my attention. It was about mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett’s plan to improve education in Indianapolis “as a way to address rising concerns over public safety.” At AYS, central Indiana’s premier provider of before- and after-school programs […]

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Looking Back…

AYS’ current Board President Tim Witmer will end his two-year presidential term at our annual meeting on September 16 and retire off of the board. We asked Tim to reflect on his eight years on the AYS board of directors. Looking Back… It has truly been an honor and pleasure to have served as AYS’ […]

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Sack Lunch or School Lunch: You decide.

As the leader of an organization that works with children, and as a single, working mom, school lunches are on my mind right now. I bet I’m not alone. I pack a lunch for my son every day. While it adds 15 minutes (at least!) to my morning or evening, it makes me feel good […]

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Kids’ Reflection on Summer Camp Adventures

What we loved about: Passport week Learning origami Pretending to travel around the world Creating passports Making walking tacos Eating ramen noodles What we loved about: Circus week Making paper plate clowns and balloons Making balloon animals Playing pin the nose on the clown Drawing clowns What we loved about: ECO week Observing a beaver […]

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Not Your Ordinary Mother’s Day Craft

Mother’s Day is fast approaching- the day when children, young and old, try our best to make our mom’s feel special. For mothers of younger children, this often comes with a host of craft projects that decorate the refrigerator or take a place of honor on a shelf. Our AYS staff members try their best […]

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Martin Luther King Day at AYS

This week, as we are approaching Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, our programs have been celebrating his legacy and accomplishments in many different ways. At our program at John Strange Elementary, the book club has learned to recite the “I have a Dream” speech. The school age kids will create posters that show unity and […]

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