Safer at Home with ASAP

As you likely know by now, the City of Philadelphia announced its new “Safer at Home” restrictions set to begin this Friday for the purpose of curbing the rising number of COVID-19 cases as we enter a critical period of the pandemic.

No doubt, the new restrictions will require many difficult sacrifices for families, communities, and businesses throughout the region. And for all of us who have been looking forward to resuming many of our favorite pre-pandemic activities, we acknowledge your feelings of fatigue and frustration.

But abiding by these restrictions does not mean we have to put the needs of our city’s children on hold. In fact, this is an important time for us to rally around youth in Philadelphia to give them the opportunities they deserve.

And as ASAP has learned in the last eight months, despite the many challenges of virtual programming, there is still enormous interest among students to participate in fun, engaging virtual activities that speak to their interests and give them a sense of belonging even when we are apart.

As our schools and partners get more settled into their new virtual routines, we expect many more clubs will be up and running in the coming weeks.

In addition to helping our school and community partners transition their usual in-person programs to virtual settings, here are just a few ways ASAP has been keeping kids enriched, engaged, and inspired after school this year:

ASAP Scrabble Elementary School League meets to practice & compete!

So as we enter this next phase of the pandemic, ASAP is prepared to do everything we can for our students to make sure this year a minor detour on their road to health, happiness, and success.

In this important work, we are most grateful for your support and partnerships. Many thanks.

Yours in service,