Marciene Mattleman founded ASAP in 2002 to raise awareness for the growing number of unsupervised youth after school. Through the Founder’s Fund, ASAP carries on Marciene’s legacy of tireless devotion to the children of Philadelphia.
An icon in Philadelphia’s education community, ASAP was the fifth and final non-profit organization Marciene founded. In 2015, ASAP established the Founder’s Fund to honor Marciene as she stepped down from the organization’s board of directors. To date, the Founder’s Fund has raised more than $200,000 to support safe and enriching after school programs for young people throughout the city.
The Founder’s Fund was launched in May 2015 as part of a special ceremony at City Hall honoring Marciene’s distinguished career in service. Philadelphia Mayors Michael Nutter and Wilson Goode, Governor Ed Rendell, and Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella all came out to pay tribute to ASAP’s visionary leader.
Alarmed by reports that 40,000 youth in Philadelphia were unsupervised after school, Marciene quickly rallied civic leaders to tackle the issue head on. Eighteen years later, ASAP has enriched the lives of 80,000 youth through its after school programs.Learn More About ASAP's History
Marciene dedicated her life to empowering people through education. She got her start as a 6th grade teacher before becoming a professor at Temple where she trained teachers to serve in the District. She left Temple in 1983 to create the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy to help low-literate adults develop the reading skills needed to complete their education and succeed in the workforce. Marciene went on to found four more non-profits, including Youth Education for Tomorrow, Philadelphia Reads, Philadelphia Futures, and ASAP.
Those lucky enough to work beside Marciene were treated daily with lessons on what it meant to be a visionary leader, a tireless advocate, a caring teacher, a loving partner, a doting mother, a stylish dresser, and a dear friend. Sadly, there is no replacing Marciene’s wisdom, her humor, or her compassion. Yet we at ASAP feel a great sense of gratitude to have been a part of her very special life and find an abiding sense of purpose in carrying on her legacy.