ASAP Scrabble @ Philadelphia Access Centers

While online schooling extends into the winter months, ASAP is partnering with the City of Philadelphia to provide students at in-person Access Centers* with a range of interactive enrichment activities.

*What is an access center?
*Access Centers provide Philadelphia’s most vulnerable students with a safe place for digital learning when caregivers work outside the home and have no childcare supports. Centers are located across the city and also provide meals

One of the most popular Access Center activities has been ASAP Scrabble. Working with community partners such as Community Council, Indochinese American Council and CORA, students come together throughout the week using a curriculum that connects reading skill exercises with informal and formal Scrabble competition.

Then, each Friday when schools release early, students gather on Zoom for Scrabble workshops with longtime ASAP Scrabble guru, John Green (AKA Johnny Scrabble), to learn new word skills and Scrabble strategies. These meetings have proved to be positive experiences for not only the students, but the adults who have been apart from their students as well.

And despite all of the challenges of virtual programming, ASAP continues to receive positive feedback from coaches who have witnessed their students’ progress. According to coaches, Scrabble clubs are also providing a much-needed social outlet for students both during and after the school day.

“They all formed their own group when they got out of school today. Now they even play by themselves without me telling them to!”  -Catara Lane, Indochinese American Council

So far this year, ASAP has organized more than 130 after school clubs throughout the city. These Access Center workshops are just one example of the many ways ASAP has adapted its traditional Chess, Debate, Drama and Scrabble programs to keep students engaged during out of school time hours. As we work to meet this need for our students, we appreciate your continued dedicated support and partnership.

All donations made to ASAP throughout this season will be receipted with a card to pair with your loved ones’ gifts, sharing the impact your donation made this year: an opportunity for our city’s young people to discover new worlds, new talents and new friends, even when we are apart. Check out our personalized cards here!

Yours in Service,