During the years when students are too old to “play” and too young to work, idle time often leads to poor decisions and bad habits. That same extra time is a prime opportunity to engage, encourage and assist. In a community like the one on Cleveland’s west side, where only 24% of elementary students meet Ohio state reading standards, and only 52% of teenagers graduate from high school, reaching students in the critical middle school window could not be more important. The After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) makes the most of the valuable pre-teen years, turning a time of high risk into a time of high impact. Working in partnership with Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, The After-School Enrichment Program targets local youth, 5th-8th grades, with in school and afterschool support.