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. 

PhillyBOOST Features ASAP!

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.”


Click here to see the full article PhillyBOOST put together as well as explore the rest of their site! 

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.


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