USC Schwarzenegger Institute, After-School All-Stars and the Afterschool Alliance to Co-Host “National After-School Summit”

March 19, 2015

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige to headline conference.  Over 1.5 million students are at risk as Congress debates eliminating $1 billion from vital after-school programs.

Contact and RSVP: Kim Ericksen at (916) 804-5286 or

Los Angeles, Calif. — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige, mayors from across the United States and leaders from technology, business, education and philanthropy will meet at the University of Southern California (USC) to discuss how funding after-school programs improves students’ grades, lowers drop-out rates, reduces crime and helps children succeed in school and in life.

The U.S. Congress is currently considering $1 billion in cuts to after-school programs nationwide—programs that have a proven track record of success and currently serve more than 10 million children. Another 20 million children want to participate, but cannot due to a lack of sustained funding.

What: National After-School Summit 2015

When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST

Where: University of Southern California, Town & Gown Ballroom, 655 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Live Webcast:

RSVP: Media can RSVP to Kim Ericksen at

Who (partial list):  

9:30 a.m.       Opening Remarks

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California

10:00 a.m.     Then and Now: Decade of After-School Excellence – Helping Our Kids Succeed

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California
  • Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education 2001-2005
  • Frank Fowler, Chief of Police, Syracuse, NY
  • Bonnie Reiss, Global Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute

11:00 a.m.     A Conversation with our Nation’s Mayors

  • Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville, TN
  • Mayor Cherie Wood, City of South Salt Lake, UT
  • Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth, TX
  • Mayor Miguel Pulido, Santa Ana, CA
  • Mayor Jeffery Lunde, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance

11:45 a.m.     Keeping America Competitive and Innovative – the Role of After-School Programs

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California

  • Maggie Johnson, Director of Education & University Relations, Google
  • Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
  • Tim Ferriss, Author, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor


About the USC Schwarzenegger Institute

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute is committed to advancing post-partisanship, by which leaders put people over political parties and work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people they serve. Housed in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Institute focuses on state and global policy, bringing the best thought leaders together from business, government, nonprofits and academia, where together they work to develop real-world, sustainable solutions to the critical issues of our day. More information about the Institute can be found at

About the Afterschool Alliance

The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at

About After-School All-Stars

Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. Nearly 90,000 children from 15 U.S. regions benefit: ASAS serves Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit