After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) is a wonderful organization, and partner, that seeks to improve student’s lives by providing after school opportunities to keep students in a learning environment and out of harms way. Created in 2002 in response to a civic outcry for help with activities for the city’s youth during the critical unsupervised hours after school, ASAP has provided after school recreational and enrichment activities to Philadelphia kids in some of the poorest and most dangerous areas of the city.
The need is great. An estimated 45,000 kids citywide spend between 20-25 hours a week alone after school – with the most dangerous hours between 3 pm and 6 pm. These unsupervised young people are much more likely to be the victims of crime or become involved in risky behaviors. Additionally, lack of after school activity could be contributing to the rise in overweight children.
Deciding what to do after school is a major decision that can have an impact on a student’s future success. As a result we knew we needed to highlight this choice within The “A” Game and we are so grateful that ASAP was there to help us. Check out their video in the game in the extra features section of the game, or visit their website at http://www.phillyasap.org to learn more.