ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships was created in 2002 at the request of City leaders to bring to public awareness the dangers of the afternoon hours for unsupervised youth in Philadelphia. Since its inception ASAP has served more than 60,000 kids by recruiting volunteers, teachers and organizations to lead enrichment clubs across the city, with an emphasis on areas with high rates of poverty, crime, and truancy. ASAP’s dual goals are 1) to increase the number of after school enrichment programs for school-aged youth to improve academic achievement and provide alternatives to unsupervised out-of-school time, and 2) to disseminate information on these programs to parents and caregivers – including an after school directory that appears in the Philadelphia Daily News.

ASAP founder Marciene Mattleman has been the founder and Executive Director of five non-profit initiatives, one of which, Philadelphia Futures, was honored at the White House by President Clinton.  ASAP has become the fastest-growing afterschool enrichment facilitator in the city by developing strategic partnerships with the School District and community organizations. In 2010 ASAP received the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network’s Afterschool Champion Award, given to organizations who “demonstrate over and above dedication and inspiration to the Out-of-School Time (OST) community.”


ASAP Through The Years:

2002: ASAP is created at the request of City leaders to bring to public awareness the dangers of the after school hours for unsupervised youth

2003: ASAP’s 1st Directory of after school programs is published in the Philadelphia Daily News featuring hundreds of safe and stimulating options for youth

2003-06: ASAP becomes the city’s fastest-growing facilitator of after school clubs, coordinating 300 programs annually. These largely volunteer-led clubs cover a broad range of interests and activities including chess, hip hop dance, skateboarding, knitting and drama, to name a few

2004: ASAP assumes leadership of the Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League, only 12 middle and high school teams remain

2004: ASAP and the Eagles Youth Partnership host the first Eagles Chess Tournament at Lincoln Financial Field

2005: ASAP establishes a partnership with Lantern Theater to provide professional training for drama club leaders

2007: ASAP founder Marciene Mattleman receives the Philadelphia Award, the city’s highest civic honor

2007: ASAP launches Philly Plays Scrabble, City Council proclaims October Philly Plays Scrabble month

2007-08: ASAP assumes leadership of the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League. Only six high school teams remain

2008: ASAP receives the Scholastic Service Award from the United States Chess Federation for the promotion of chess in the inner-city

2010: ASAP presented with the Afterschool Champion Award by the Pennsylvania Afterschool Youth Development Network

2011: ASAP refines the scope of its mission to expanding citywide initiatives in chess, debate, Scrabble and drama

2011: In an annual ceremony at City Hall, ASAP presents scholarship awards to Temple and Drexel University to distinguished high school seniors active in its chess and debate programs

2011: ASAP’s Philadelphia Scholastic Chess League expands to 76 elementary, middle and high school teams, making it second only to basketball in the number of schools with varsity teams

2012: ASAP presented with the Layman Award from the Philadelphia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

2012: ASAP is selected as the recipient of the Impact100 $100,000 award to support expansion of its chess and debate initiatives in neighborhood public schools

2013: To make finding the right after school activity easier for families, ASAP’s Directory of after school programs is made available as a search engine on ASAP’s website

2013-14: ASAP launches a campaign to support students and families affected by the closing of 24 public schools. To connect transitioning youth with like-minded peers in their new schools, ASAP coordinates 76 clubs in 44 “receiving” schools serving more than 1,100 youth. For this effort ASAP receives the GlaxoSmithKline Impact Award in December 2014

2014: ASAP launches its Directory of after school programs as a feature on the City’s Philly311 mobile platform. NBCUniversal presents ASAP with the 21st Century Solutions Award for its innovative use of technology

2014-15: Supported by a partnership with Penn For Youth Debate, ASAP’s Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League grows to 46 middle and high school debate teams, making it one of the nation’s largest urban debate leagues

2015: To date, ASAP has served more than 60,000 Philadelphia youth (grades 1-12) in more than 4,000 after school clubs

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