ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships was created in 2002 at the request of city leaders to bring public awareness to the dangers of the afternoon hours for unsupervised youth in Philadelphia. ASAP’s mission is to develop and support high-quality after school activities and resources to empower youth and strengthen communities in Philadelphia. ASAP works with schools, libraries, and community sites to serve more than 5,000 youth (K-12) annually through the following citywide initiatives: ASAP Chess, ASAP Debate, ASAP Drama, and ASAP Scrabble.
ASAP Chess helps more than 2,000 youth in Philadelphia (grades K-12) develop critical problem solving and strategic thinking skills by coordinating more than 170 out-of-school time chess clubs and organizing dozens of after school and weekend competitions each year. Students in ASAP Chess clubs learn that every move has potential value and consequences. Students are instructed to carefully evaluate their different options in pursuit of the best possible solution. By practicing these tactics in club meetings and learning from their mistakes at competitions, students spend hours outside the school day honing critical mathematical skills. Looking forward, ASAP Chess endeavors to build on this success and provide even more youth in Philadelphia with the same opportunities as their suburban and private school peers to develop key critical problem solving and strategic thinking skills.
The Chess Coordinator works alongside the Director of Chess Programs to support the expansion of ASAP Chess and provide more opportunities for young leaders to be engaged and challenged in a competitive and supportive environment. This includes building new school partnerships, recruiting and training adult chess club leaders, and fostering a sense of community among student chess players.
ASAP Debate helps under-resourced schools engage middle and high school youth (grades 5-12) in rigorous out-of-school time programming designed to develop skills that are essential to classroom and post-secondary success and foster a sense of achievement and belonging among participants. Since taking over the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League in 2006, ASAP has grown the number of debate programs from five high schools to 45 middle schools, high schools, and community centers in 2019. Looking forward, ASAP Debate endeavors to build on this success and provide youth in Philadelphia the same opportunities as their suburban and private school peers to develop key critical thinking and public speaking skills.
The Debate Coordinator works alongside the Debate Manager to support the expansion of ASAP Debate and provide more opportunities for young leaders to find their voice and speak their mind on key issues. This includes building new school partnerships, recruiting and training adult debate club leaders, and fostering a sense of community among student debaters.
For more information on either position and to apply, please contact Sara Morningstar, ASAP Director of Programs.