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ASAP chess program - A teenager concentrates on a chess board. Beside him are other youth playing chess, lined up down a long table.

Greater Philadelphia Extracurricular Collaborative

We nurture the ecosystem that nurtures youth.


By bringing together a broad coalition of stakeholders, GPEC seeks to improve the quality and reach of the out-of-school time and extracurricular ecosystem in the Greater Philadelphia region, so that children reap benefits across every part of their lives.


Our Approach

GPEC aims to develop a unified voice to advocate on behalf of education, out-of-school time, and social service providers. 


Educating decision-makers and advocating for the importance of extracurricular learning in youth development.


Pursuing shared goals and fostering accountability so our members can overcome challenges and seize opportunities.

Capacity Building

Providing our members with the tools they need to build stronger organizations and pursue collective action.


Coordinating services and communication to equitably address issues faced by children and families.


Three elementary age children pose holding violins and bows. They are all wearing white tops and black pants.

Play On Philly

Providing high-quality music education to students who would typically lack access, as a vehicle for life skills and academic achievement

[Photo: Sam Fritch]


Become a Member

GPEC welcomes philanthropic supporters and service providers interested in supporting youth programs to join our collaborative. Our members represent a wide range of stakeholders across the Philadelphia region.

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