ASAP is so grateful for what an awesome partner PhillyBOOST has been so when they said they would feature us on their page we were so excited! Take a look below at some of the great quotes they collected:
Here is what Justin Ennis (ED) has to say about utilizing the System and related support provided by PhillyBOOST:
"As a small non-profit, the ability to collect and interpret data is essential to how we communicate the story of ASAP to partners, funders, and families in Philadelphia. Like many of our peers, we have survived without the in-house technical ability to customize a database that speaks our language, so we’ve relied on shadow systems and non-integrated data sets to depict the “Whos, Whats, Wheres, and Whens” of our work. Yet, with the advent of the Extended Information System (Efforts-to-Outcomes (ETO) software) and the technical assistance from the Office of Health & Opportunity, ASAP now has the opportunity to effectively and efficiently capture the more important “Whys” and “Hows” -- the data that directly connects our mission to our impact. As a result, the ETO software has become a focal point of the organization’s recent completed strategic plan – a tool to help hold us accountable to our ambitious goals, a shared language to help reduce staff silos, and a major resource for new staff orientation. While we are only beginning to scratch the surface of its capability, we are extremely eager to use the software system to help chart our course and to share its growing value with our partners and peers." --Justin Ennis, Executive Director, ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships
As one senior debater for Science Leadership Academy explained, “Before debate, I was never willing to change my opinions…[But] in debate, I constantly had to learn both sides of the argument.” N. reflected on how Debate has affected her ability to see things from more than one perspective.
When asked about why she likes to play Scrabble, a 5th Grade student at Howe Elementary explains “It expands my vocabulary. I never played Scrabble before and I learned two things: new words and how to play Scrabble.” And of course, many students simply like the game. A 4th Grader who joined ASAP’s Scrabble club this year explained that she joined because “[My friend] said that it is fun, and you can win!”
Power Up!’s (drama) club leader is an English Language Learners (ELL) teacher at Stetson and has has found that through acting things out, students’ English fluency has improved and they have become more confident. In the Drama Club, “they’re always applying things from their classes. It’s cool to see them apply what they’re learning.”
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.
#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: http://www.phillyasap.org/index.php/more/donate
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:
This #GivingTuesday help ASAP make a stronger, safer and smarter Philadelphia.
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.