Book Fair!

Annoucing the March 2016 Barnes & Noble Book Fair!

For the whole month of March, every item you purchase at Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse (1805 Walnut St.) can benefit ASAP's students! With your purchase at Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse, up to 20% of the profits will be given to ASAP's programs at no extra cost to you.

Buy your books today! During store checkout, simply say: "I'm supporting the Philly ASAP Bookfair" and up to 20% of your proceeds will go towards ASAP.


Can't make it to Rittenhouse?! You can still show your support by shopping online in March! For every item that is purchased online at Barnes & Noble on behalf of ASAP, Barnes & Noble contributes 10% of the purchase price to ASAP.  

Click on the link below to shop, and make sure to enter ASAP’s Bookfair ID listed below during checkout to ensure ASAP receives credit!
Bookfair ID: 11824489
Don't forget: Barnes & Noble offers NOOK e-readers, books, music, DVDs, educational toys, games and much more.



New Debate Topic:



Based on a nationwide vote, the 2016 March Public Forum topic is, Resolved: The United States should withdraw its military presence from Okinawa.

A total of 256 schools and 620 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 55% of the school vote and 54% of the student vote.


ASAP Drama and ASPIRA Present Aladdin!


You don't want to miss the all-ASPIRA production of Aladdin Dual Language Version on March 24, 2016 @ 6PM at ASPIRA Educational Campus 6301 N. 2nd Street!

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Today is #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back! GivingTuesday is celebrated every year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  By submitting a donation with "GivingTuesday" written in the comment box, you can take part in this worldwide day of consideration for others.

As always, all donations further the social and academic development of Philadelphia kids by supporting our fun and engaging activities - chess, drama, debate, and Scrabble. 


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Thanks to the generosity of ASAP’s supporters through the years, we have been able to launch a number of new, high-quality after school programs for kids in Philadelphia, including:

•    A training series on how to use Scrabble to teach English to elementary school children from immigrant families
•    A year-long drama literacy program with more than 100 youth studying and performing the works of Edgar Allan Poe
•    A 2-week summer debate academy during which more than 40 Philly kids spent 20 hours each week exchanging ideas on whether income differences threaten American democracy

ASAP expects to serve more than 5,000 Philly youth this year in 350 after school chess, debate, Scrabble and drama programs throughout the city. These programs don’t just help children navigate the current tide of funding cuts and bureaucratic delays – they provide roadmaps to better and brighter futures. They provide hope, skills and a sense of belonging.  It is support from caring individuals like you that makes this all possible! 


“Chess has given me the ability to visualize things from different perspectives.  As team captain, I have learned leadership and dedication; I have also been able to encourage other girls to take part in the club.” Tadacia, Chess Alumnus, Class of 2015 

Tadacia Chess


“I really like that drama lets you be more creative and artistic. [At ASAP’s Drama Showcase] you can meet new people and have new experiences that you never had before. That’s really cool.” Sabian, 10th grade




“The Yale Invitational was a great way to start our last year on the debate team! We were constantly on our toes: both intellectually challenged and adrenaline rushed. “Anna, 12th grade



"Since I’m in 4th grade, we’re the youngest in our club.  The 5th graders do big words, but I’m learning big words too." - Taylor, 4th grade

ASAP Drama Students Study the World of Poe

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ASAP Drama students tour Poe’s Philadelphia home to lift the author’s work off the page.

ASAP Drama Students Study the World of Poe

On Friday, October 2nd students from Stetson Middle School and Olney High School were given the opportunity to tour the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and Eastern State Penitentiary as the kick-off field trip for ASAP Drama's special program focusing on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. 

ASAP Drama will engage in activities that explore Poe’s trademark themes and harnesses the city’s unique cultural and historical resources to bring Poe to life.  Through this project, students from elementary, middle, and high school drama clubs will examine the work of Edgar Allan Poe during weekly after school drama clubs. ASAP’s sessions will support students’ study of Poe through a variety of literacy activities as well as student and professional performances.

Poe lived in Philadelphia from 1837 to 1844, during which he published 31 stories including "The Tell-Tale Heart."  ASAP has connected with a local Poe historian and impersonator, to perform dramatic interpretations of Poe. 


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