ASAP Chess at State Championships!

Thanks to the generous support of the Lindy Family, ASAP sponsored more than 90 Philadelphia chess students to the 2016 Pennsylvania State Championships in Lancaster, PA for the weekend of March 4th -6th. The PA State Championships is an exciting opportunity and culminating event for the chess students who have been active in ASAP's Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League and Saturday Tournaments. Many of Philadelphia's young chess aficionados took home trophies over the stiff competition of more than 850 kids from across the state.

Philadelphia defended its title as a powerhouse of scholastic chess with J. R. Masterman sweeping the championship at the elementary, middle and high school level! Congratulations to the state champions!

The state championships feature a variety of competitions throughout the weekend for students of all ages and skill levels. Many teams who honed their chess tactics in ASAP's chess league were at their best at states. Some notable winners include:

Enon Connected Pawns won 2nd place club team in the K-6th grade (rated under 1000 section)

In the 7th grade -12th grade (rated under 1000 section) there were several Philly wins:

• Central High School won 2nd place school team
• Minor Threats Chess Club won 2nd place club team
• Dark Knight won 3rd place club team


Individual wins:


Quick Chess Tournament:  Pernell Jordan, Minor Threats Chess Club, 1st place overall in his section. Tahvon Hughes and Bysir Fripps, Minor Threats Chess Club, tied 5th place overall in their section.


K-6th grade (rated under 1000 section)


  *   Armani Brown, Lenfest Center Chess Club, 2nd place unrated

  *   Patrick Ready, J.R. Masterman School, 1st place u700

  *   Moses Bennett, Enon Connected Pawns, 7th place overall

  *   Queron Hope, Enon Connected Pawns, 6th place overall


 K-6th grade (open section)


  *   Harrison Sanford, J.R. Masterman School, 3rd place overall


K-8th grade (open section)


  *   Edward Brown, J.R. Masterman School, 6th place overall

  *   Manus Narula, J.R. Masterman School, 2nd place overall

  *   Ryo Lindsay, J.R. Masterman School, 1st place U1400


 7th grade -12th grade (rated under 1000 section)


  *   Linda Zhang, Academy at Palumbo, 9th place overall

  *   Shamiyah Boozer, Carver Engineering and Science, 8th place overall

  *   Minor Threats Chess Club, 2nd place club team

  *   Carver Engineering and Science, 6th place school team

  *   Madison Ford McKnight, Dark Knights, tied 1st place U800


7th grade -12th grade (rated under 1300 section)


  *   Sammy Tran, Central High School, 1st place U1100

  *   Elijah Rowe, Central High School, tied 10th place overall

  *   Pernell Jordan, Minor Threats Chess Club, tied 10th place overall

  *   Tyjon Conway, Dark Knights Chess Club, tied 10th place overall

  *   Johnny Freeman, Minor Threats Chess Club, tied 5th place overall

    *  Jeffrey Kunnel of Central High School won 2nd place overall

  *   Tyjon Conway, Dark Knights, tied 10th place overall


 K-12th grade (open section)


  *   Shira Moolten, J.R. Masterman School, tied 10th place overall

  *   Josh Caiman Hernandez, J.R. Masterman School, 8th place overall

  *   Andrew Dang, Academy at Palumbo, 1st place U1400


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. 


Join the Movement, Donate Now


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

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