Mayor Nutter Gets Schooled at Chess Marathon

Mayor Nutter Gets Schooled at Chess Marathon


Returning from a one-year hiatus to the six-year tradition, Mayor Nutter was defeated by one of Philadelphia's best players - 12-year-old Candida Layla Wilcox, in a special exhibition match at the eighth annual PECO-ASAP Checkmate Violence Chess Marathon. The marathon, presented by PECO and designed to promote safe and engaging after school programming, was held from Saturday, January 31 to Sunday, February 1 at Temple University.

For more information on the Mayor's game against Candida check out this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

ASAP coordinates the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge, a community of 3,500 students playing weekly in schools, libraries, and recreation and community centers throughout the city.

Tweet to help 10,000 families find safe afterschool programs.


#GivingTuesday has arrived with exciting news:


Today ASAP will be honored by GlaxoSmithKline as part of the 2014 GSK IMPACT Awards for exceptional achievements in contributing to a healthier Philadelphia. As part of the GSK IMPACT Award, ASAP has been invited to participate in a $10K Challenge grant. Throughout the day ASAP and other participating organizations are proposing via Twitter how we would use $10,000 to foster a healthier community.


If awarded ASAP will connect 10,000 families in Philadelphia to ASAP’s citywide directory of after school programs with more than 900 site listings and information on thousands of safe and enriching activities to promote the physical, mental and emotional health of youth throughout the city.


Far too often, communities with the greatest needs have the fewest resources to address those needs in a comprehensive, systemic effort. And while it is true that families in the region are facing unprecedented challenges – particularly in the realm of public education -- ASAP has learned through the years that Philadelphia is a city rich with meaningful, life-changing opportunities for young people. ASAP’s Directory of after school programs is testimony to that fact. The challenge, then, becomes how to seize this moment to make Philadelphia a smarter, safer, healthier city one after school program at a time. With the help of our partners and supporters, this is a challenge that ASAP eagerly accepts. 


How to Help:

Engage us on Twitter! Part of the challenge is which organization has the most meaningful comments and questions in their Twitter conversations between 9am and 3pm today.


We would greatly appreciate it if you would visit us on Twitter @PhillyASAP and tweet about your experience with the Directory, why you think the Directory is important, questions about the Directory, or anything in between to help ASAP in the challenge.


Be sure to connect by using #GSKimpact and @GSKUS!  


To donate to ASAP visit:

What is #GivingTuesday?



 Thanksgiving day is for being thankful. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are for shopping. But most importantly for ASAP is 

#GivingTuesday -- a global day dedicated to giving back.
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 people around the world will come together for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Starting the morning of Tuesday, December 2nd ASAP will reach out to its supporters via email, Facebook and Twitter to make a #GivingTuesday donation to support after school clubs for kids in Philadelphia. Shout outs and thank yous will be made throughout the following week so that supporters can share the #GivingTuesday spirit with their own network of friends and followers.
It’s a simple idea. Just give what you can. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

As after school activities in Philadelphia schools face budget cuts, donations to ASAP will support:

  • Weekly debates with more than 100 high school students engaging in topics such as genetically modified foods and United States' involvement in the Middle East.
  • Student performers overcoming their stage fright and showing off their acting chops at the annual ASAP Drama Showcase
  • Young English Language Learners building literacy skills and learning a love of reading through fun Scrabble clubs
  • Monthly all girls chess workshops to engage female chess players and encourage pride amongst chess-playing girls 

This #GivingTuesday help ASAP make a stronger, safer and smarter Philadelphia.


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In Case You Missed It: ASAP's 2014 Directory has been Released!

While the classrooms fill with students and backpacks fill with books, the start of the school year means that parents also look to fill the after school time with fun and engaging activities to keep their kids safe and learning. On Wednesday, September 10th ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships released its annual Directory of After School Programs as a supplement to the Philadelphia Daily News with the important role of presenting thousands of alternative opportunities for after school programs affected by reduced school budgets. 

The Directory, reaching an estimated 330,000 readers, includes information on thousands of high-quality programs available to keep young people safe and stimulated in the dangerous after school hours at sites across the city. As the School District’s financial issues have diminished the number of traditional school-based programs, students may find that their favorite after school activity will not be offered. ASAP’s Directory is a unique and valuable tool for families seeking substitute options in their communities.ASAP thanks the Directory’s sponsors Independence Blue Cross, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Great Philly Schools for supporting this resource. 

ASAP’s directory is also available as a searchable resource with on ASAP’s website, with advanced features and filter options. Thanks to a partnership with Code for Philly and the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Civic Technology, ASAP’s Directory has been introduced as a feature on the Philly311 Mobile App. The Philly311 Mobile App is available to download free on any iPhone, Android or Blackberry device. 


Empowerment through Drama


Courtney Knowlton, an English Language Learners (ELL) teacher at ASPIRA John B. Stetson Charter School, has developed a Readers Theater to help promote literacy among native Spanish speaking students in her school. To cap off the year, seven brave students from her class, all of whom have been in the country for two years or less, performed "Green Eggs and Ham" at ASAP’s drama showcase on May 17th at the Lantern Theater. In a recent interview, Ms. Knowlton explained the power of drama in her ELL class:

“The technical components of the benefits of Readers Theater make sense to me as a teacher. I was also in musicals in high school and really enjoyed the sense of community it created. I thought doing drama would really help my students feel more at home and connected to the school."

"I noticed that the kids were more motivated when we were doing Readers Theater. It allowed them to have a conversation with someone rather than doing drills. It also allowed them to be in a role that they aren't usually in and so they got to have more expression. Expressing the emotions of the roles made it easier for them to understand and find meaning in the words. It also was more fun and engaging for the other students to watch. I think it was helpful because they had to think past the words and think of the character traits.

For example, we practiced using the Green Eggs and Ham story. This story has two characters – one is very weary of trying new things and the other is excited. The kids had a lot of fun expressing the anger and excitement. This story also brought up ideas like persistence, because the excited character is very persistent in getting the other one to try the food.  Drama really allowed them to have a better understanding of themes like persistence as well as trying new things because you don’t know if you like them or not.

Sometimes the students are very self-conscious when they come into the English Language Learners class. But since they practice this material over and over they start to feel more confident. I would say it really empowers them.”

The ASPIRA Stetson club is one of 15 drama clubs supported by ASAP throughout the city. 


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