Winning Philly311 Widget contest app now available.
Philadelphia, August 7, 2014– The City of Philadelphia released a new widget, the After School Activities widget, which enables users to learn more about after school activities and programs in their neighborhoods. As the winning idea for the 2013 Philly311 Widget Contest, the After School Activities widget is accessible through the Philly311 Mobile App.
“In the face of so many daunting challenges around education, it’s great that technology can help spread the word about vital after school programs to help our children make progress and further their education,” said Managing Director Richard Negrin.
The After School Activities widget was created by Chris Alfano, a Code for Philly Brigade Captain, in collaboration with the After School Activities Partnership (ASAP), which compiled the after school program data from program providers for the app.
“At Code for Philly, we’re always looking for ways technology can amplify the hard work already being done by Philadelphians to improve our community,” Chris Alfano said. “We know a mobile app widget can’t replace the shortage of resources facing Philly students. But we can at least help those working to close the gap, by making their programs easy to access and easy to discover by students and their parents.”
The After Schools Activities widget is interactive and easy to search, filtering programs by grades served, available hours and ASAP clubs, including chess, debate, drama and Scrabble. Users can also view a map of available programming or enable the widget to use their geographic location to show nearby activity locations.
“Philadelphia has an abundance of high-quality after school activities that offer safe and engaging opportunities for youth of all ages and interests. To help families find the right program for their child, ASAP’s directory looks to share information on all of these activities – from Arts & crafts to Zumba – in a format that is comprehensive yet easy-to-use,” said Justin Ennis, Executive Director, After School Activities Partnership. “The launch of the new After School widget on the City’s 311 mobile platform represents a huge leap forward in ASAP’s effort to provide families quick access to this vital information so that they can make informed decisions.”
The Philly311 Mobile App, which houses the After School Activities widget, is available for free download on any iPhone, Android or Blackberry device.
After School Activities Partnership
ASAP aims to provide safe and supervised after school programming for youth in Philadelphia, and supports chess, Scrabble, drama, and debate clubs for students of all ages. The organization 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. For more information, visit www.phillyasap.org.
Code for Philly
Code for Philly is volunteering 2.0. It creates opportunities for citizens to modernize Philadelphia through the power of the web. Founded under Code for America’s inaugural Brigade Program in 2012, Code for Philly currently hosts a weekly meet-up and participates in a number of hack-a-thons and web-based City projects. Code for Philly is non-partisan and non-political. For more information, visit codeforphilly.org.