Janette Chien joins us from ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships, where she managed a citywide literacy initiative that uses the game of Scrabble to teach the essential building blocks of literacy, and keep students safe, engaged and inspired in the after school hours. In this role, Janette hosted citywide Scrabble events, trained coaches, developed curriculum, and managed site visits to 90 Scrabble clubs with more than 1000 students K-12.

In 2016, Janette established the Philadelphia Scholastic Scrabble League " a competitive arm inviting distinguished young Scrabble players from public neighborhood and charter schools across Philadelphia to compete in monthly tournaments for a chance to be crowned the city's Scholastic Scrabble Champions. Janettealso collaborated closely with the city's Read by 4th Campaign, a growing coalition of partners to ensure all children in Philadelphia read on grade level by the time they reach 4th grade, as the facilitator for their Summer & Out-of-School-Time working group.

Janette is a SEED Leader with The National SEED Project (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity), a peer-led professional development program that uses storytelling as a means to connect our lives to one another, and to society at large, by acknowledging systems of oppression, power and privilege. She has led SEED seminars with the ASAP community as well as with cohorts of AmeriCORP VISTAs and GEAR UP Coordinators through a partnership with the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development.

Janette earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University, while also earning a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She is a proud Big Sister mentor and enjoys rock climbing, writing and drawing in her free time.

Among other responsibilities, Janette supports the Penn Alternative Break Program, PennCORP (Civic House's Pre-Orientation Program) and general educational programming at Civic House.