If you are looking for something worthwhile to do this summer, the ASP experience is for you!
It is a lot of work and a considerable time commitment, but there is nothing else like it.
Registration is done online. You will need to have all of your information handy before you start, including: personal data, emergency contacts, medical history (including tetanus shot date), insurance information and credit card/banking details.
It is important that the participant be involved in the registration process as they will be asked to acknowledge that they have read certain sections.
All ASP volunteers are required to attend and participate in all of our pre-trip orientations.
To satisfy the orientation requirement, volunteers must attend all four orientation programs to learn about the Appalachian culture and local poverty as well as the “Three S’s” – safety, sensitivity and stewardship. Each of the first three sessions will be offered twice – you only need to attend one. The final orientation will only be offered once. At this time, orientations are scheduled to be in-person.
The 2024 dates are as follows:
- Orientation 1 – February 7th and February 13th (Snow Date February 28th)
- Orientation 2 – March 20th and March 26th
- Orientation 3 – April 24th and April 30th
- Orientation 4 – June 5th – Only one date for this orientation
Contact: Deb Ahle, 203-240-1864
Parent & Volunteer Meeting
All new and returning ASP youth volunteers and at least one parent are required to attend one of these sessions. This meeting will review pertinent information regarding Jesse Lee ASP’s plans, standards and rules. The goal is to ensure that all leaders, volunteers and their parents share the same understanding when it comes to the program’s expectations. Click “read more” to get additional information and sign up.
Basic Skills Training for First-Timers
Anyone who has not been on ASP before is required to attend a 2.5-hour session that will include brief lectures and demonstrations on work site safety. It will also include instruction and supervised individual practice on the safe use of the circular saw, power drill, and hammer. Click “read more” to get additional information and sign up.
Wheelchair Ramp Building
All ASP participants are required to participate in a wheelchair ramp building session. This 3 hour session is designed to imitate a standard workday on the ASP trip. Participants will be assigned a work crew based on experience and will assist in the assembly of several segments of a wheelchair ramp. Click “read more” to get additional information and sign up.
ASP participants are required to work a car wash prior to the trip. Car washes are held on Saturdays in the front driveway of Jesse Lee, with two shifts: 10:30 AM – 1:45 PM, and 1:30 PM – 4:45 PM. Click “read more” to get additional information and sign up.
Everyone participating in ASP is expected to sell 25 shares of $10 “ASP Stock.”
Packing & Departing FOR APPALACHIA
The success of the ASP trip is highly dependent on proper preparation, and that is true for packing. Every participant should download the packing list and follow the instructions carefully.
We will pack the vans on Friday evening at 6:30 PM. We will gather for departure at 7:30 AM on Saturday. Be sure to bring a lunch.