The school year is back and in full swing which means that after school activities are back too! As the year gets started with books, homework, and fall festivities, don’t forget to keep kids engaged and excited about all of the opportunities their community has available!
Volunteer opportunities to get involved with after school activities are available in a variety of forms through ASAP. Start your own club and be a positive role model for kids this school year! You don’t need to be an expert. You just need to care. ASAP staff will be happy to match you with a location that is convenient for you and provide ongoing support to make sure your experience is as rewarding as possible. Due to the lack of resources within the School District, many after school clubs and activities are being cut down. ASAP will provide your background checks, supplies, and other support you need so starting a new club is as easy as pumpkin pie! One hour a week playing chess or Scrabble, learning to debate, or showcasing their dramatic side could change a child’s social interaction skills and interest in their education.
Another way to help keep kids active and safe is our new Directory! The Philadelphia Daily News released a copy of the Annual Directory of After School Enrichment Activities on Wednesday, September 11th. The Directory includes all programs all over the city, not just our own. It includes information on thousands of engaging activities available to keep young people safe and stimulated in the dangerous after school hours, at over 800 sites across the city.
The Directory is also available on the website! It is easily searchable by activity and has up-to-date contact information and details. If you know a child looking for a specific type of program or any program in a certain area, give our Directory a search.
We wish you all a happy, healthy, and engaged start to this 2013-2014 school year!
It's been a busy month for ASAP as we wind our clubs up for the school year, celebrate with special events, and look ahead to summer programming! If you haven't caught our updates on our Facebook page, here's a quick recap for what you might have missed.
Big News from ASAP!
Did you hear? Thanks to a generous grant, ASAP, Mayor Nutter, and the School District of Philadelphia are partnering to implement after school clubs in schools receiving transitioning students. Learn more in our e-newsletter, and don't forget to catch up with the media coverage from KYW and the Philadelphia Daily News!
ASAP Year-End Events
ASAP seniors were honored at ASAP College Bound & Scholarship Night by ASAP staff, their families, and Deputy Mayor Mike Diberardinis for their hard work in school to prepare for what's next. Scholarships were awarded to exceptional debate and chess students attending Drexel, Temple, and Community College of Philadelphia. In the words of ASAP's motto, "What happens after graduation starts with what happens after school!"
ASAP staff also gathered to thank our hardworking coaches and volunteers at a recpetion held at City Hall. Thanks to the local businesses who donated food for the event!
ASAP Initiative Updates
Our chess students finished the year with a tournament at St. Joseph's University, sponsored by the Impact 100 foundation. Students from across the city came together for a fun day of chess, which for many was their first tournament! Check out the pictures in our Facebook album.
Scrabble players enjoyed a fun day of spelling and science at the Franklin Institute! After playing a game or two, students were free to explore the museum. Decked out in fantastic orange t-shirts, teams played in both competitive and informal sections. Prizes were awarded for the highest scoring games as well as the best science-related word, which came from the Girls' High team, playing 'Newton'.
We'll be posting more soon about our upcoming fall plans, trainings, scholarship opportunities, and more! For the latest, remember to check our Facebook page, subscribe to our e-newsletter, and follow us on Twitter (@phillyasap)!