Support Children at Risk
Since 2005 ASM has supported children within the public education system who have experience loss through adverse circumstance which include but not limited to loss of parent through death, divorce or incarceration. Contributions for this activity are obtained through ASM officers’ donations, website fundraising campaigns and fundraising events sponsored by public or private entities. The organization has also assisted children whose families were identified as homeless or economically challenged through foreclosure, bankruptcy and unemployment. Educational grants or gift cards are provided to children to support academic achievements. A three member selection committee among ASM board members or designee confirms recipients’ meets these criteria, and the board by vote . Educational Grants and/or scholarship includes:
- Funds are provided to one senior graduate girl or one senior graduate boy annually to purchase prom attire, graduation invitations, photos or regalia.The purpose of this program is to encourage students to stay in school and support in decreasing the rate of dropouts. The amount shall not exceed $100.00 unless agreed upon by majority board vote.
- Funds for examination for college entry exams such as PSAT, SAT, THEA, TASP etc. or provided up to $50.00 on as needed basis or as funding is available to promote students going to college
- Funds for college books are provided during the 1st and 2nd semester of a students’ freshmen year.This program was introduced as a means to increase number of males from economically challenged family dropping out of college for lack of support or no funding for books. The amount shall not exceed $300.00 per each semester to any two or four year college/university institution.
- This activity began in 2008 where gift card was provided so that a family could purchase household product to cook food which was donated to them. ASM plans to continue grants of Gift cards to the parents of students fitting this activity criterion for non-food and non-alcoholic products not to exceed $200.00. This program is established to promote academic achievement of school age children whose families cannot provide basic needs of grooming products, appliance for meals, or school uniforms. Fund for food is not provided in this program as referrals are offered to local food pantries or ASM Activity II of non-perishable food items.
No awards of educational loans or provided. Participation via volunteer hours for student grants are encouraged but not required. Students who display volunteerism through other non-profit organizations will also be eligible for AMS scholarship. Due to limited funding ASM educational grants are only offered once per household within a 12-month period.