2014 Chess League Champions Announced!


The 2014 Chess League finals concluded on Tuesday afternoon, at the Citizen's Bank Park Diamond Club, determining the 2013-2014 Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League Champions!  

The Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League -- organized by ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships – began with fifty-seven chess teams in October. After 10 weeks of regular season play and two single-elimination playoff rounds, only four teams remained at the elementary, middle, and high school level. The results are:


Elementary School

First Place: Blankenburg Elementary



Second Place: Russell Byers

Third Place: Mitchell Elementary

Fourth Place: Powell Elementary


Middle School

First Place: Blankenburg


Second Place: KIPP Charter School

Third Place: Tilden Middle School

Fourth Place: Penn Alexander



High School

First Place: Academy at Palumbo


Second Place: High School of Engineering and Science

Third Place: Central High School

Fourth Place: George Washington High School


The Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League will begin a new season in the fall of 2014. 

ASAP’s Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge will continue on through the school year. In the past school year, the Chess Challenge included 250 clubs with more than 3,500 students in grades K-12 playing weekly in schools, community and recreation centers, and libraries citywide.

Research has shown that chess help students’ develop long-term goal planning skills and teaches perseverance. In keeping with the School District of Philadelphia’s new Action Plan 2.0, these skills are “more reliable than traditional academic indicators in predicting whether students will graduate, their final Grade Point Average, and their income levels, savings behavior, and mental and physical health as adults.” As such, with students playing chess much more is at stake than just checkmate!



PECO – ASAP Checkmate Violence Chess Marathon

PECO – ASAP Checkmate Violence Chess Marathon

Please join After School Activities Partnerships in supporting the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge in a two day chess marathon. 

Taking over Mayor Nutter’s six year tradition, District Attorney Seth Williams will attempt to checkmate students from the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge on Saturday, January 25th at 12 pm in a special exhibition match against one of ASAP’s young players from the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge to promote safe and engaging after school programming on Saturday, January 25th at 12:00 – 2:00 pm at Temple University’s Gittis Student Center, Room 200 (1755 N. 13th Street). 

Following the D.A.’s chess battle, ASAP will host a discussion concerning the state of extracurricular activities in Philadelphia and how you can be involved with delivering positive outcomes for youth in the midst of severe School District budget cuts. We hope you will join us as well as invite others interested in joining the ASAP community.

The chess battle and the ASAP discussion will be part of the larger Seventh Annual Checkmate Violence Chess Marathon, where students will pit their queens, knights, and wits against each other running from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, and 9:30 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

Through the duration of the weekend more than 300 kids, parents, teachers and coaches will showcase chess as a game that helps young chess players understand the consequences of their actions, has been shown by research to improve academic performance, and keeps them safe and off the streets. ASAP coordinates the Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge, a chess playing community of clubs playing weekly in schools, libraries, and recreation and community centers throughout the city. This tournament will test the skill and endurance of Philadelphia’s chess players and prepare them for state and national competitions. 


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Last year's chess battle with the Mayor Michael Nutter: 



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Children's Film Fest Supports ASAP!

We're excited about The Philadelphia International Children's Film Festival! The weekend-long children's film fest (FRIDAY, NOV 15 – SUNDAY, NOV 17, 2013) features 11 adorable films. Presented by PNC Arts Alive, the festival was brought together by a partnership of The Philadelphia Film Society and New York International Children's Film Festival. It will offer a variety of “animated, live-action and experimental short and feature films from all around the world”.  Perfect for the whole family!


THE MOST EXCITING NEWS: When you purchase a ticket online, ASAP will receive a $1 donation for every ticket sold, in support of youth programming throughout the city! Be sure to buy all tickets online! The Philadelphia Film Society has been a great supporter of ASAP.


Buy Tickets Here: http://filmadelphia.org/picff/


Film Fest Location:

PFS Theater at the Roxy
2021 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


The schedule of films, representing 15 countries, is as follows:

Friday, November 15
6:00pm Zarafa (Opening Night!)

Saturday, November 16
11:00am Kid Flix Mix
11:30am Pinocchio
1:00pm Party Mix
2:00pm Kirikou
3:00pm Wolf Children
4:00pm Meet the Small Potatoes
5:30pm Welcome to the Space Show
6:30pm Starry Starry Night

Sunday, November 17
11:00am Kid Flix Mix
11:30am Kirikou
1:00pm Party Mix
1:30pm Meet the Small Potatoes
3:00pm Day of the Crows
5:30pm Welcome to the Space Show
6:00pm The Zig Zag Kid (Closing Night!)



Philadelphia Film Society is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization with a mission to utilize film's unique capacity to engage a broad cross-section of the community, while further providing access to powerful films from around the world in order to increase education and understanding.  It does so by annually producing a top-tier film festival, as well as by offering unique and varied screenings and events throughout the year.  

For more information about the Philadelphia Film Society, please contact the Philadelphia Film Society at 267-239-2941 or visit us at www.filmadelphia.org.


Include After School in Your Fall Plans!

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! 

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)!


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