The After School Assistance Program (A.S.A.P.) is continuing to raise money to expand the program into a new facility located in the St. Andrews area at 1717 Flower Avenue.
A.S.A.P. needs to raise about $60,000 to pay for the 4,100 square foot building which is expected to cost about $500,000.
The current facility located at 1804 Flower Avenue is not large enough to meet the growing demand for after-school programming in Panama City. The capacity at the existing facility is limited to 23 children; whereas, the new building will be large enough to serve more than 100 children.
A.S.A.P. is grateful for community partners such as Los Antojitos which hosted the Funky Food Fest in April and donated the proceeds, $24,476.28, to the program. Additional fundraising events and efforts are also being planned and will be announced soon.
Donations can me made through the A.S.A.P. website.
The After School Assistance Program (A.S.A.P.) offers learning opportunities to very low- to low-income youths and their families who are at-risk of educational failure and who have a need for a safe haven after school program. A.S.A.P. operates Monday through Friday, year-round from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. during regularly scheduled school months and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during summer months. A.S.A.P operates under the City of Panama City’s Department of Community Development. The program’s continued existence is based on grant opportunities, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, contributions, donations and fundraisers.