ASAP coordinates four citywide initiatives that engage Philadelphia youth (grades K-12) in fun, enriching out-of-school time (OST) activities and experiences that develop critical academic, social, and emotional skills through a combination of structured programming and informal play:

  • ASAP Chess: With 170 clubs meeting weekly and competing monthly, ASAP’s chess program develops the problem-solving and strategic-thinking skills of more than 2,500 youth.
  • ASAP Debate: Through ASAP’s debate program, over 450 youth in 45 middle and high school clubs explore important issues while building critical reading and public speaking skills.
  • ASAP Drama: For more than 1,100 youth in 40 clubs, ASAP Drama nurtures young people’s powers of expression, teamwork skills and cultural knowledge through participating in group performances and attending professional productions.
  • ASAP Scrabble: Through weekly play and citywide events, ASAP Scrabble strengthens the essential building blocks of literacy and mathematics for more than 1,300 students in 93 clubs.

Family Resources: To help families make informed decisions about the out-of-school time hours, ASAP also maintains the ASAP Directory -- a database with information for more than 1,200 programs throughout Philadelphia. The ASAP Directory is made available to parents as a search engine on ASAP’s website, a widget on the Philly311 mobile app, and as a printed supplement released annually in the Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer, reaching more than 600,000 subscribers. ASAP partners with the School District to provide resources to translate this information for non-English speaking families.

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Programs that keep them safe and engaged, inspired and passionate about learning, committed to graduating on-time, and prepared to succeed in college and the working world.         

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  • Education: Education is the key to empowering young people to lead happy, healthy and productive lives. The after school hours present a unique opportunity to educate youth in fun and exciting ways that complement classroom instruction while broadening their horizons. With the right elements in place, after school programs can be effective tools for enhancing core academic skills such as reading, writing and math as well as developing critical thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Youth Development: After school programs can have an enormous influence on positive youth development. Through structured activities and events, youth learn valuable lessons in leadership, perseverance and resilience under the guidance of caring adults. These experiences help build confidence and self-esteem and provide a platform to foster communities of diverse yet like-minded youth.
  • School Culture & Safety: Quality, sustainable after school programs are an important part of the fabric of healthy schools and communities. After school programs help to cultivate school cultures of excellence, achievement, friendship and collaboration. Moreover, participation in after school programs reduces the risks kids face after the school day ends – including violence and substance abuse – leading to safer communities, happier families and healthier children.
  • Partnership:  Partnership is essential to performance. The success of ASAP is largely dependent upon the partnerships we forge with schools, city agencies and community organizations as well as the relationships we build with educators, non-profit peers and volunteers throughout Philadelphia. ASAP is committed to developing strategic partnerships to meet the growing needs of our city’s youth and honoring these partnerships by conducting our work with integrity, transparency and inclusivity.
  • Impact:  To deliver and sustain impactful outcomes, organizations must be dynamic, informed and adaptable. Through an ongoing process of monitoring, evaluation and refinement, ASAP is committed to maximizing the impact of its programs and services and providing meaningful support to families as well as school and community partners. 
ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships’ mission is to develop high quality after school activities and resources to empower youth and strengthen communities in Philadelphia. The organization was founded in 2002, by Marciene Mattleman, at the request of City leaders to bring to public awareness the dangers of the afternoon hours for unsupervised youth.
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