Ali Skinner founded ASAP in September 2011. As a high school freshman, Ali would visit the elementary school she attended on a weekly basis and would work with students in after school care on a variety of art and craft projects.
The program was very well received by the students, faculty and parents. Other schools heard about ASAP and were interested in adopting the program into their After-School Curriculum.
Ali solicited corporate donations, private donations and received grant money to help purchase art supplies. She also went on local radio stations and spoke to newspapers and reached out to the community to donate any unused art supplies to their area elementary schools. These donations and contributions allowed Ali to provide enough art supplies for an entire year to all the elementary schools in Knox County.
Ali contacted the high schools in her area and worked with the Art Instructors to find student volunteers to conduct the program at local schools. She also found volunteers who shared her love of the arts who agreed to serve as ASAP instructors. Working with area Principals and After School Coordinators, Ali set up weekly schedules for the volunteers to conduct the ASAP program for the school year.
Financial contributions, grant awards, corporate sponsorships have helped Ali raise over $20,000 to provide art materials and necessary resources to volunteers and schools to make ASAP easy to implement into any school or after school daycare program.
Ali created the website to further expand ASAP into any and all elementary schools with an After-School Program. Her goal is to promote the program throughout the country with the ultimate goal of integrating ASAP into every After-School Program in America.
In 2013, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis recognized Ali and her ASAP program as a Power of Children award winner and put the program on permanent display in a video in the museum! As the largest children's museum in the world, the exposure ASAP has received has helped to spread the program to 8 states in the United States! In 2014, Ali was recognized by the College Mentors as an Award Finalist and was also recognized by Kohl's Department Store as a local and regional scholarship winner. In 2015 Ali received the Make a Difference Award from WTHI-TV 10 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Ali has received recognition from numerous school corporations for her work in promoting the arts as well as various Rotary groups for her commitment to community service.
Ali attends the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. She participates in numerous school activities, civic organizations and takes voice and dance lessons. Her love of the arts has inspired her to give access to art enrichment to others in her community and beyond. Ali is also a participant in the Miss America Organization and the Arts in Education is the platform she promotes within the organization.