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After School All-Stars program launches in Honolulu

HONOLULU (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - Every day many Hawaii children leave school with no place to go. These "at-risk" kids are involved in crimes, join gangs or experiment with drugs, alcohol and sex. But Tuesday, a program to keep kids off the streets launched here in Hawaii.

 It's called the After School All-Stars. It provides comprehensive after school programs, like music. Kids at Kalakaua Middle School in Kalihi formed an ukulele band. Volunteers also prepare middle school kids for high school, college and the 21st century by offering academic support and fitness activities.

"It's fun because i don't have to go home, for the first hour we do homework and it's a lot of fun because 3there's a lot of activities. I'm in cooking and basketball" said student Char Manning.

The After School All-Stars program serves 72,000 kids annually, through after school and summer programs in 13 cities in the US, including Honolulu.

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