Philadelphia catalogs after school programs to combat flash mobs

A new guide has been published detailing the myriad after school activities in Philadelphia.


The After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) has put together a comprehensive list. Marciene Mattleman of ASAP says in light of recent “flash mobs,” offering positive activities is more important than ever.


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“When young people who were part of the flash mobs were asked why they were involved in this anti-social behavior, they said they had nothing to do,” said Mattleman. “ASAP has organized a compilation of programs by zip code that are fun while learning, chess sports, Scrabble robotics debate, a thousand answers to doing nothing.”

Mayor Michael Nutter says the goal is to keep kids busy from 3 to 7 p.m.

“Young people who participate in afterschool programs are much less likely to participate in risky behaviors, we know that they have greater social competency, they make new friends and establish connections in the community,” said Nutter.

The guide will be available online and given to police officers, so they can re-direct kids they see loitering.

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