A2S empowers youth and their communities to achieve positive change through Christian-based athletic and educational programs in Nigeria.
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, in the last few years we have been able to:
· Our feeding program has provided over 70,000 meals to children since its launch in 2014.
· Every child will spend an average of 860 hours constructively after school and safe off the streets.
· We have awarded 45 scholarships to students attending all levels of education and sponsored children to return to school with thousands of donated school supplies.
· Children enrolled in our after school program have each received over 580 hours of academic instruction that includes help with homework, math, English, sports and wellness, life skills, arts and crafts and computer training. A2S succeeds in engaging the community with over 50 registered volunteers.
· Free annual basketball, empowerment and bible camps have served over 2,500 youth.
· A2S built and outfitted a computer center for the after-school program to serve at least 120 children and volunteers every week.
· The A2S After School Academy has served 232 youth.
· 90 percent advanced a grade in 2014, exhibiting improved proficiency in English language and mathematics.
· We have constructed a kitchen and a library and launched our feeding operations.
· We bought a piece of land to build a multi-purpose sports court and a permanent after school facility in Nigeria.
· A Health Clinics on strange diseases in 2014 served over 1700 people in the community. The health clinic educated the public about strange diseases including Ebola Virus, Malaria, and Lassa Fever. At the 2015 Health Clinic, in addition to other routine test and antibiotics, 91 prescription eye glasses were fit and given to those needing glasses, who had never had eye care before.
Establish Core foundational programs and standardize the schedule for the 2015 After School Center school year.
Develop a process for funding of program, program implementation and
distribution of meals through after school program, weekly outreach, ad-hoc events and summer camps.
Execute annual basketball, empowerment and summer bible camps with increasing levels of attendance Establish and expand outreach programs through A2S annual Health Clinic, Christmas Party and Children’s Day Celebrations.
Develop a sustainable programs by exploring revenue-generating streams to sustain our rising budget, reassessing current assets, and providing local and international professional development opportunities for staff and volunteers to help maximize our impact.
Expand our organizational capacity at different levels of management, improve board participation and prioritize building strategic partnerships with organizations that will further A2S brand and mission in 2015.
After School Academy goals:
Goal #1: Be a source of educational enhancement to children who do and do not attend formal school.
Goal #2: Provide a safe, engaging and constructive place for children to gather after school.
Goal #3: Build children’s character and life skills as they grow into creative thinkers and agents of change within their communities.
Access to Success (A2S), a Christian-based nonprofit with a focus on sports and education, was founded by former Davidson College Men’s Basketball player Andrew Lovedale out of his continued desire to give back to his native Nigeria and share his philosophy of sports, faith and education with underprivileged youth. During his time on the men’s basketball team at Davidson College, Lovedale collected basketball shoes and practice gear discarded by teammates to take home to Nigeria each summer for less fortunate players.
Lovedale launched Kicks from ‘Cats: The Andrew Lovedale Shoe Drive in February of 2009, which collected more than 10,500 pairs of shoes and $15,000. After more than 300 members of the Davidson community processed the shoes, Lovedale and Nigerian teammate Frank Ben-Eze traveled with a team of Davidson students, staff and alumni to deliver the shoes and run basketball clinics in the pair’s hometown of Benin City, Nigeria, in June of 2009. Lovedale returned to Davidson and began the planning for A2S in order to continue his work in Nigeria and impact the lives of children through training in sports, faith and education.
In September 2010 A2S was incorporated in Davidson, North Carolina, and in July 2011 received its 501(c)(3) status from the U.S. government. A2S currently operates in Benin City, Nigeria, and once a sustainable model is built through research and community partnership, plans to expand to other cities in Nigeria and eventually, worldwide.
A2S does not discriminate based on background or religious preference. Our policy supports providing hope and promoting change irrespective of race or religion, and we embrace supporters and volunteers from all backgrounds.