ASCC teens need your help to establish happy, productive lives.
ASCC was founded to effectively and efficiently improve the success rate of Nashville area youth in the foster
care and juvenile justice system. These youth are released from guardian and professional care and are being
abruptly introduced to adult responsibilities and the peer pressures of society.
With a rate of about 500 aging out every year, the community and neighborhoods are being impacted with hundreds of
teenagers who have few survival skills for life. Over 67% are Brian A children (Neglect/Dependent and Unruly) and
166 of these are in the Juvenile Justice system. According to The Metro Development Housing Agency, in Davidson
County where ASCC concentrates most of their efforts, research indicates that within four years after leaving foster
care, 46% of these youth have not finished high school, 25% have been homeless, 42% have become parents themselves and
fewer than 20% are completely self supporting. The unemployment rate for youths averages 16% in Davidson County and
7.9% statewide. These youth often do not have positive role models in their lives therefore they have a negative impact
in the community. Some of these youth reach out for acceptance and become involved in gang activity and other dangerous
activities. Over 8,000 Juvenile Justice Court Referrals took place in 2006; youth are incarcerated and experience drug
and alcohol abuse after exiting the system. (TN DCS Juvenile Justice System database, 2009).
How ASCC Makes a Difference
Our focus is on the system’s age-out youth (ages 16-19) who are expected to greet their adulthood as mature,
independent and responsible young adults without having the skill sets to succeed. Our mission is to profoundly
improve the basic and necessary skills for these youth through a targeted set of mentoring and educational programs.
The programs are outlined to focus on immediate results and continued participation of the youth through consistent
involvement and encouragement by mentoring.
ASCC Mentors will accomplish this task with our youth by helping them develop skills of employability, broaden
their career choices, guidance for housing options, and stability in building healthy social relationships.
ASCC will track the performance of mentors, youth, other participants, and success of the mentoring initiative
through our advance Youth Mentoring Management system. Our mentors will be recognized through community activist
awards, mentor recruitment awards, and participant appreciation banquets for youth and mentors.
For more information on the Mentoring Program or any other ASCC Program, please contact us at 615-283-3013
or email us at