Arnold Schwarzenegger in D.C. helping at-risk youths
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – He was the “Terminator” turned “Governator,” but on Wednesday, Arnold Schwarzenegger fell more in line with his character in “Kindergarten Cop.”
He spent the evening surrounded by hundreds of kids.
What not everyone knows about the celebrity actor turned politician is that he founded a nationwide group more than two decades ago that provides after-school programs for at-risk youth.
Stuart Hobson Middle School in Northeast is one of more than 300 schools nationwide participating in “After-School All-Stars.”
Schwarzenegger’s face lit up with excitement as he witnessed the success of his program here locally.
"We've got to do everything we can to keep the kids supervised in the afternoon and keep them in school, give them homework assistance, give them tutoring and sports programs, fitness programs, arts and music and so on," he said.
The former governor of California took that message to Capitol Hill having spent the first part of his day lobbying.
"We had a lot of Democrats and Republicans come together today and said yes we must protect the after-school money,” he said. “We're going to fight for it.”
Middle-schoolers at Stuart Hobson are cheering on his fight.
“I feel like all of us need something to do after school because a lot of us just walk places and it's not really safe," said Sadye Moore who’s been a part of the after-school program since the start of this school year.
"If I didn't have this program, I would just be wandering around waiting for my mom and if kids do that conflict happens," admitted her friend and classmate Marcus Dockery.
Schwarzenegger says after-school funding is an investment we can’t afford to cut. We’re barely scratching the surface of meeting the need and demand for after-school programming.