Summer Wrap-Up

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)!

Spotlight: Drama at Martha Washington

  Spotlight: Drama at Martha WashingtonToday we're focusing on one of our drama programs! Leah Banks and Katie Calcado, sophomores from Drexel, have been leading a drama program at the Martha Washington Elementary ACE program for over a year.
The drama program at Martha Washington is popular, with over 20 students in attendance each week.   With support from the ACE...

Read more: Spotlight: Drama at Martha Washington

Recent Events Wrap-Up and Upcoming Trainings

We've been having a lot of great events recently - did you catch the photos on our Facebook page? 

On Saturday, January 19, ASAP students and families celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a wonderful Family Chess Day event at the African American Museum. Pictures here:

Read more: Recent Events Wrap-Up and Upcoming Trainings

Spotlight: ASAP's Elementary Chess League

It's midway through January, and the regular season chess league matches are winding down while competition for the chess championships is heating up! Your loyal blogger took a trip out to Sheppard Elementary school yesterday to bring you the latest on the last elementary-level chess match of the season. In addition to hosts Sheppard, teams from...

Read more: Spotlight: ASAP's Elementary Chess League

The Chess Queen of Katwe, Uganda, Visits 9Queens!

 Today we have a guest post from our Chess Support Coordinator, Dyresha Harris, about a fantastic event ASAP hosted last Saturday.

The Chess Queen of Katwe, Uganda, Visits 9Queens!

"On Saturday, December 1, Phiona Mutesi, 3-time Women’s Junior Chess Champion of Uganda spoke to a rapt audience of about 45 aspiring girl chess-players, parents, and coaches about her incredible journey from the s...

Read more: The Chess Queen of Katwe, Uganda, Visits 9Queens!


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