Our Volunteers

Our Volunteers

“If I didn’t teach them how to play chess, they could be getting into trouble. But instead they are going on to city, state, and even national championships. I’m showing them how they can succeed.”

Mr. Gil Motley, Lenfest Center Chess Club

“Working with ASAP Debate has been my most fulfilling experience in Philadelphia. It is so rewarding to be able to serve your community and mentor these kids at the same time. Seeing their progression week to week makes it so worthwhile!”

Brandon Lawson, Volunteer Middle School Debate Coach

“The students seemed to have a great understanding of sound and playing with vocals. We were able to even really emphasis the importance of playing with sound levels while acting- which I was so pleased they caught on with so quickly. They are learning and understanding quickly, and I am excited to see where they go next with everything.”

Jael Brown Teaching Artist, Cobbs Creek Recreation Center

“I was very impressed by your organization and the program- what a wonderful way for the children to spend their after-school time.”

Nancy Oberlander (after volunteering as Word Judge at Winter Classic 2020)

“Interacting with all the students, parents, volunteers, and staff has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences in my life.”

Andrew Kim, Santore Library

“FS Investments was thrilled to participate in Philly ASAP’s after-school debate club. The event was very well organized and our employees, who served as judges during student debates, had a blast!”

Mia Fioravanti, Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, FS Investments

“(The students) were really into these games and were able to talk about them at the end and they really seem like they are understanding, retaining and putting into use stage and communication skills such as eye contact, adding onto proposals, listening and responding and working as a team to build a story.”

Mia Rocchio Teaching Artist, Alain Locke

“Minnie is a great leader & really nice to work with. The kids are super & it’s been a really positive experience. I enjoy going to see them on Wednesdays.”

Chrissy Kind (volunteer at Cruz Rec)

“It feels like I’m making a home here, and it seems like I could continue for 10+ years”

David Ball, Chess Coach at South Philly Library

“I enjoyed the scrabble tournament and look forward to helping out again in the future.”

Maxine Ballen Jones, Scrabble Volunteer