Links

Activities, Content & Curriculum

These links are about integrating specific topics (such as art or science) and strategies (such as homework help or service-learning) into out-of-school time programs' activities, content, and curricula.

 

Academic Enrichment and Homework Help Project-Based Learning
Art, Music, Media, and Drama Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Sports and Recreation
Drop-Out Prevention and College Preparation Summer Programming
Literacy Workforce Development

 

Academic Enrichment and Homework Help

21st Century Community Learning Centers 
www.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is a key component of No Child Left Behind. Its purpose is to provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low performing schools.

Ase Academy
https://aseacademy.wordpress.com
Ase Academy utilizes collegiate mentors and interdisciplinary programming to engage underserved urban youth and their families in meaningful and measurable academic and cultural enrichment and leadership opportunities.

Curiosity Machine
https://www.curiositymachine.org/challenges/
Through this platform children are inspired and equipped to create their own inventions with the support of trained and qualified mentors

ExhibitFiles
www.exhibitfiles.org
ExhibitFiles is an online community of exhibit practitioners building a shared collection of exhibition records and reviews. It's a place to connect with colleagues, find out about exhibits, and share your own experiences.

ExpandED Schools
www.expandedschools.org
ExpandED Schools is a program run by The After-school Corporation (TASC), a nonprofit organization helping urban schools nationwide give kids more time, more ways, and more opportunities to learn so that everyone can succeed. They work to reverse inequities by making smarter, fairer, more coordinated use of the dollars and talent cities already invest in schools and kids’ healthy development.

Foundations, Inc.
www.foundationsinc.org
Foundations, Inc. is a national organization which has utilized its own tools, products, and working models to provide technical assistance to clients who cultivate student achievement during school and non-school hours.

How to Smile

www.howtosmile.org

How to Smile is a collection of the best educational materials on the web and creating learning activities, tools, and services. All activities are designed especially for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings. They are a group of science museums dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world.

LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC)
www.lnesc.org
LNESC strives to provide the highest quality educational opportunities possible. We seek to develop America’s future workforce by effectively preparing young people for the jobs of the new economy.

Microsociety
www.microsociety.org
Microsociety believes that kids learn best by doing. Our mission is to create environments that motivate children to learn by engaging them in the connections between the classroom and real life.

PBS
www.pbs.org
PBS and its member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts, and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS's educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way. Their separate webpages for kids (including PBS KIDSKIDS GO!, and KIDS PLAY!), parents, and teachers provide a multitude of useful resources.

People’s Emergency Center: Digital Inclusion and Technology Program
www.pec-cares.org/index.php?page=technology
The PEC CDIT offers free computer training programs for strudents of all ages, connects people to high-speed internet at a low cost, and provides open access to a computer lab four days a week.

Project Forward Leap (PFL)
www.projectforwardleap.org
Project Forward Leap (PFL) is a seven-year education and enrichment intervention program for students enrolled in inner city and school districts with significant levels of student underachievement and high dropout rates.

The Physics Classroom
www.physicsclassroom.com
The Physics Classroom provides resources for physics educators and parents of children and youth from first grade through high school. Selected physics topics with enrichment activities and checks for understanding are included in the website.

Statistics in Schools

www.census.gov/schools

Statistics in Schools, from U.S. Census Bureau, invites you to educate your students about the value and everyday use of statistics. The SIS program provides resources for teaching and learning with real life data. Explore the site for standards-aligned, classroom-ready activities.

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children
www.wepac.org
WePAC’s mission is to promote childhood literacy by engaging volunteers in Philadelphia public schools through re-opening and staffing libraries, academic mentoring, and after-school enrichment.

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Art, Music, Media, and Drama

Art Sanctuary
http://artsanctuary.org
Art Sanctuary, founded in North Philadelphia, uses the power of black art to transform individuals, unite groups of people, and enrich, and draw inspiration from the inner city. Their programs include Hip H’opera and Reading in Concert.

Big Picture Alliance
http://bigpicturealliance.org
Big Picture Alliance is a film and digital media arts organization committed to serving as the intersection where youth/FILM/learning meet for positive change.

CityStep
http://up.citystep.org
CityStep is a unique organization run entirely by undergraduates that introduces public school youth to the performing arts as an outlet for creative self-expression, a tool for building self-esteem, and a means to mutual understanding. CityStep was founded in 1983 at Harvard University, and in 2004 CityStep was started at the University of Pennsylvania.

Fleisher Art Memorial
www.fleisher.org
Fleisher is a source of inspiration, creativity and community. Every year, more than 17,000 people experience the transformative power of art by participating in our classes, tuition-free classes, workshops, exhibitions, and community-based programs.

Fresh Artists
www.freshartists.org
Fresh Artists supplies innovative art programs and art supplies to art teachers in severely under-resourced public schools, and engages the children being served as full philanthropic partners in the giving process.

Girls Rock Philly (GRP)
www.girlsrockphilly.org
Girls Rock Philly is a volunteer-based non-profit music and mentoring organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women from the greater Philadelphia region through music education and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
www.philaculture.org
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance is the region's premier leadership, advocacy, and audience development organization for arts and culture. They also adminster PhillyFunGuide, which is the Greater Philadelphia region’s “go-to” web site for accurate and detailed information about upcoming cultural, entertainment, and sporting events.

Lil’ Filmmakers
www.lilfilmmakersinc.com
Lil’ Filmmakers creates a safe and fun learning environment where young people will be trained in basic video production concepts and guided to produce a short movie. Their program follows a unique alternative-learning model that revitalizes the approach to teaching literacy, performing, and media arts.

National Art Education Association 
www.arteducators.org
The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
www.nafme.org
NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

PBS
www.pbs.org
PBS and its member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts, and a trusted window to the world. In addition, PBS's educational media helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way. Their separate webpages for kids (including PBS KIDSKIDS GO!, and KIDS PLAY!), parents, and teachers provide a multitude of useful resources.

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP)
www.paep.net
The mission of the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP) is to promote learning in and through the arts for students in K-12 schools and community sites throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Teen Programs
www.philamuseum.org/communityengagement
The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers various teen programs and internships designed to work with a small group of sophomore, junior, or seniors from schools throughout the Philadelphia region. Each program is designed to inspire, mentor, and prepare those selected students for leadership roles and further study in the visual arts.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights
www.phillyyoungplaywrights.org
Philadelphia Young Playwrights taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting.

Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative
www.phillyyouthmedia.org
The Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative strengthens, connects, and promotes organizations that engage youth in the creation, analysis, and distribution of media. Their network of youth media educators and producers supports youth in becoming creative media makers, critical thinkers, and engaged global citizens.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
www.pyos.org
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra uses extraordinary music education and the pursuit of music excellence to build a strong sense of character, discipline, commitment and maturity in a diverse student population.

Philly Youth Radio
https://phillyyouthradioproject.wordpress.com
Philly Youth Radio provides high school students with the tools and training to create their own radio stories – and the opportunity to share them on a larger stage.

Rock to the Future
http://rocktothefuturephilly.org
Rock to the Future provides music education to Philadelphia's underserved youth at no cost to them or their families.

Scribe Video Center: Documentary History Project for Youth
http://scribe.org/about/documentaryhistoryprojectyouth
DHPY is a program of the Scribe Video Center in which middle and high school students work with experienced filmmakers and historians after school and during the summer to research, plan, and produce documentaries about issues of local historical significance.

Settlement Music School
www.smsmusic.org
Settlement Music School is the largest community school of the arts in the United States. Settlement is dedicated to its mission of providing children and adults with the highest quality individual and group instruction and activity in music, dance and the related arts.

Spiral Q
www.spiralq.org
Spiral Q uses popular arts (parades, print, pageantry, puppets) to build an urban arts democracy rooted in principles of accessibility, inclusion, self-determination, collaboration, sustainability, and life long learning. Spiral Q works with reclaimed and recycled materials, teaches in schools and community organizations throughout the city, leads collaborative planning of giant public art projects, and supports creative community organizing.

WHYY Afterschool: Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons
www.whyy.org/hamiltoncommons/afterschool.html
WHYY Afterschool, also known as the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, incorporates video production training, media literacy, and community activism, as students create videos on a topic important to them and their communities. Through the video production process, the youth learn to view media critically and develop the leadership, team-building, and creative skills needed for 21st-century success.

Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania

www.yanj-yaep.org

Young Audiences, the region's largest arts education organization, offers interactive workshops for youths and educators and performances by professional artists to engage youth in compelling learning environments.

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Civic Engagement and Service Learning

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
www.civicyouth.org
CIRCLE conducts research on civic education in schools, colleges, and community settings and on young Americans’ voting and political participation, service, activism, media use, and other forms of civic engagement. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

The Enterprise Center Leaders About Business (TEC-LAB)
http://theenterprisecenter.com/youth/
TEC-LAB provides innovative programs that give youth a forum to explore entrepreneurship, develop leadership skills, and serve their communities as they create viable career options for the future. Programs include Executive Incubator After School Program and Summer Business and Leadership Camps.

Girl Scouts
www.girlscouts.org
In Girl Scouts, members enjoy a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships. Girls at home and abroad participate introops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and over 100 local Girl Scout councils offer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States.

iCivics
www.icivics.org
iCivics is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources. Our educational resources empower teachers and prepare the next generation of students to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens.

Mural Arts Restorative Justice Youth Program
http://muralarts.org/programs/restorative-justice
Through the Restorative Justice program, current inmates, ex-offenders, and juvenile delinquents are given the opportunity to learn new skills and make a positive contribution to their communities to repair the prior harm they may have caused. Through weekly programs and opportunities for involvement, Mural Arts provides art instruction to over 300 inmates and 200 juveniles every year.

National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC)
www.nylc.org
NYLC develops young leaders by tapping into their passion to address real-world issues. Whether their goal is to improve their community, promote traffic safety, or reform education, NYLC programming trains youth to become leaders on topics that matter to them.

Need in Deed
www.needindeed.org
Since its founding in 1987, Need in Deed’s mission has been to use the classroom to prepare young people for civic responsibility and service to others, enabling them to become capable, contributing members of society. Working in public, charter, independent and faith-based schools, NID trains and supports teachers as they adopt a teaching and learning strategy known as service-learning.

Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)
www.phennd.org
PHENND is a consortium of 36 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area that works to build the capacity of its member institutions to develop mutually beneficial, sustained, and democratic community-based service-learning partnerships. PHENND Update compiles weekly listings of resources from local events and job opportunities to national conferences and grant announcements.

Philadelphia Student Union
www.phillystudentunion.org
The Philadelphia Student Union exists to build the power of young people to demand a high quality education in the Philadelphia public school system. PSU is a youth led organization that makes positive changes in the short term by learning how to organize to build power.

SERVE Philadelphia
www.servephiladelphia.com
SERVE is an initiative of the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service to oversee the development and implementation of the Mayor's strategic plan for service.

Spiral Q
www.spiralq.org
Spiral Q uses popular arts (parades, print, pageantry, puppets) to build an urban arts democracy rooted in principles of accessibility, inclusion, self-determination, collaboration, sustainability, and life long learning.

United We Serve
www.serve.gov
Serve.gov, the online home of United We Serve, is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency charged with promoting and fostering volunteering and national service in America. 

Vote Kids
www.votekids.org
The Vote Kids Action Fund is a Political Action Committee devoted to making children a political priority and demanding that public officials support better policies for kids.

Youth Action
http://youthactionteam.org
Founded by young alumni of the Tavis Smiley Foundation in 2003, Youth Action is a youth-led Philadelphia community development organization operated solely by high school and college students that works to empower young African Americans to become socially, economically, and civically aware.

Youth Service America
www.ysa.org
Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of opportunities for American youth, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally.

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Drop-Out Prevention and College Prep

Affordable Colleges Foundation 
www.affordablecollegesonline.org
Affordable Colleges Foundation came to be in 2011 with the mission to provide strategies and information about pursuing and affordable higher education. Their free community resources materials and tools span topics such as financial-aid and college savings strategies, affordability and scorecard rankings, opportunities for Veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. 

Affordable Online Degrees
http://www.affordableonlinedegrees.net/
Affordable Online Degrees highlights the various methods of cutting costs without reducing the quality of the degree. The site covers topics such as earning inexpensive college credits via MOOCs, how to save time and money by taking PLA exams, and more cost-saving strategies.

Ase Academy
http://www.aseacademy.org
Ase Academy utilizes collegiate mentors and interdisciplinary programming to engage underserved urban youth and their families in meaningful and measurable academic and cultural enrichment and leadership opportunities.

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia
http://breakthroughphilly.org
Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia is a six-year academic enrichment program that builds a path from middle school to college for low-income students from Philadelphia’s public schools. 

The Bridge
http://www.thebridgephiladelphia.org
The Bridge is a nonprofit behavioral health treatment and youth opportunity program for adolescents and their families seeking to overcome substance abuse, mental health issues, truancy and other challenges.

College Access Center of Delaware County
http://www.collegeaccessdelco.org
College Access Center of Delaware County provides free college preparation services to high school students and adults, with plans to expand services to middle school students in the near future.

College Affordability Guide

www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org

College Affordability Guide aims to provide accurate information, analysis and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree.

College Atlas
www.collegeatlas.org
College Atlas is the encyclopedia of higher education. Their mission is to provide helpful resources for parents and students alike. They feature a robust database of different colleges and universities in the United States and internationally, as well as rankings lists and informative articles on studying, financial aid, finding a job and more.

CollegeBound Network 
http://www.collegebound.net
The CollegeBound Network (CBN) works with America's leading colleges, universities, and career schools in connecting learners with educational opportunities.

College Prep Roundtable
www.collegepreproundtable.org 
Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable showcases local programs, opportunities, presentations, workshops, special events, funding, and other resources which promote college access for Philadelphia high school students. The PCPR exists to increase the number of Philadelphia high school students who are college-ready, matriculate and graduate from post-secondary institutions.

College Results Online (CRO)
http://www.collegeresults.org
CRO is a free interactive web tool that provides facts on college graduation rates to students, parents, school counselors, and college advisors. You can select nearly any college or university and compare its graduation rate with that of similar institutions serving similar groups of students.CRO lets you view graduation rates by students' race, ethnicity, and gender. If you're considering colleges, this feature can help you pick one that will boost your chances of success.

College Scorecard
https://collegescorecard.ed.gov
College Scorecard aims to provide reliable data on factors important to prospective students, such as how much graduates earn, and how much debt they have when they graduate.

 

ConsumerAffairs Online College Guide

www.consumeraffairs.com/education/online-colleges/

The Guide allows consumers to compare reviews for online colleges and make informed decisions based on a variety of factors including financial aid, degree programs, cost, quality, and more.

Fastweb
http://www.fastweb.com
Fastweb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. They provide information for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult.

Frugal Dad
http://www.affordableschoolsonline.com/cheap-online-colleges/
Frugal Dad is a comprehensive and informative resource focusing on issues of higher education and how to pay for it. The website allows users to search for colleges and their respective tuition.

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine

www.goodcall.com/scholarships/search

Better information, smarter decisions. From scholarships to college rankings and beyond, GoodCall makes information accessible and more digestible for consumers pursuing postsecondary education.

Graduation Coach Campaign, Philadelphia
http://www.phillygradcoach.org
As Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter has committed his administration to increase the city’s high school graduation rate to 80% by 2015 and to double the percentage of college graduates from 18% to 36 % by 2018. Several approaches have been put in place to combat these issues including: the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, appointed by the Mayor to oversee cross-sector efforts to meet his education goals; Project U-Turn, which was launched in 2006 to understand and resolve Philadelphia’s dropout crisis; and PhillyGoes2College, an informational and referral center within the Mayor’s Office of Education that helps Philadelphians of all ages earn a college degree.

Inside Online Degrees
http://www.onlinedegrees.net
Inside Online Degrees aims to provide those prospective students with information straight from the source - compiling an ever growing series of interviews with past and current online students.

Let's Get Ready
http://www.letsgetready.org
Let's Get Ready addresses the inequalities and obstacles low-income students face in attaining a college education, empowering them to reach opportunity and success.

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.

OnlineCourses.com
http://www.onlinecourses.com
OnlineCourses.com aggregates the best free and open courseware for students and professionals, all in a conveniently searchable online courseware platform.

Open Education Database
http://oedb.org/careers/science 
Open Education Database provides a comprehensive collection of online college rankings and free courses. They also provide a tool for career exploration, including a degree finder and salary statistics for various career fields like those related to STEM and healthcare.

Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC)
https://pacac.org
PACAC is a professional organization dedicated to encouraging, advocating, and promoting equal access to post-secondary education, fostering communication among students, families, professionals, and institutions, and facilitating professional development.

Philadelphia Academies
http://www.academiesinc.org/
The mission of Philadelphia Academies, Inc. (PAI) is to expand life and economic options for Philadelphia public school students through career-focused programming that prepares young people for employment and post-secondary education.

Philadelphia Department of Human Services
www.phila.gov/dhs
The Department of Human Services's mission is to to provide and promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency. 

Philadelphia Futures
www.philadelphiafutures.org
Philadelphia Futures prepares first-generation-to-college low-income students to enter and succeed in college. 

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)
http://www.pheaa.org
PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs.

Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)
http://www.phennd.org
The Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) is a consortium of 36 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area. PHENND works to build the capacity of its member institutions to develop mutually beneficial, sustained, and democratic community-based service-learning partnerships. The consortium actively seeks to revitalize local communities and schools and foster civic responsibility among the region's colleges and universities.

Philadelphia Youth Network
www.pyninc.org
As a catalyst for collective action, the Philadelphia Youth Network makes connections among individuals, organizations and systems. PYN works to increase capacity and resources in order to provide high-quality preparation so Philadelphia’s youth can thrive in a regional and global economy.

Philly Goes to College
http://phillygoes2college.org/
An initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Education, PhillyGoes2College is a resource and referral center that connects Philadelphia residents of any age with the help they need to go to college. 

Play Positive

https://play-positive.libertymutual.com/

Play Positive features articles and similar resources for parents, coaches, partners, and other youth sports stakeholders.

Project Forward Leap (PFL)
http://www.projectforwardleap.org
Project Forward Leap (PFL) is a seven-year education and enrichment intervention program for students enrolled in inner city and school districts with significant levels of student underachievement and high dropout rates.

Project GRAD Philadelphia
http://philadelphia.projectgrad.org
Project GRAD Philadelphia seeks to ensure a quality public education for all children, increase high school graduation rates, and prepare graduates to be successful in college.

Project U-Turn
www.projectuturn.net
Project U-Turn is a citywide campaign to focus public attention on Philadelphia’s dropout crisis and to design strategies and leverage investments to resolve it.

Saint Joseph's University

http://online.sju.edu

This page on St. Joseph's website is dedicated to providing leadership tools for students. It offers educational materials for individuals that are beginning their journey with higher education.

Steppingstone Scholars
http://steppingstonescholars.org
Steppingstone Scholars works with partner schools to create opportunities that lead to college for underserved students in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Student Paths
http://www.studentpaths.com
Student Paths partners with schools and educators to share its passion for better preparing students for their future in college, career, and life readiness.

Summer Search
http://www.summersearch.org
The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year- round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network. 

University of Pennsylvania: Office of Equity and Access Programs
http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/aap/
The Office of Equity and Access provides professional guidance to scholars of all ages and backgrounds through an extensive array of services and programs.

University of Scranton

http://elearning.scranton.edu

This website is a part of the University of Scranton and can be useful for individuals looking for online business and leadership resources. It offers information on trends in the field and help while getting your online business degree.


Upward Bound 
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/index.html
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

The Urban League of Philadelphia
http://www.urbanleaguephila.org
The Urban League of Philadelphia works within the Philadelphia public school system to provide programs that enhance the standards academic format and create a college-going culture. These programs include: Childcare Information ServicesCommunity Scholars ProgramGear UpProject Ready, and Urban Green League.

Top5OnlineColleges.org
top5OnlineColleges.org 
Top5OnlineColleges.org provides resources, such as “99 Tools for Online Teaching,” to help make things clearer when it comes to online education and higher education in general.

Tuition Funding Sources

www.tuitionfundingsources.com

TFS provides free access to one of the largest scholarship databases, including information on financial aid programs and career assessment tools. Sign up to learn about 7 million scholarships totaling more than $41 billion to help pay for college.

USA Funds
http://www.usafunds.org
USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access, and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services.

YESPhilly
http://yesphilly.org
YESPhilly is a place foryoung adults who have dropped out of school to get an education and support to get into college or get a job. Everyone at YESPhilly also participates in their media arts studios and has counseling support.

YMCA Black Achievers Program 
http://www.fvymca.org/file/any/Black%20Achievers%20Brochure.pdf
The YMCA Black Achievers program of the YMCA of the USA is an academic achievement/career development initiative purposed to help teens of color set and pursue high educational and career goals, resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning

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Literacy

Center for Literacy
http://www.centerforliteracy.org
Through a wide range of literacy services, including reading, writing, math, life, technology and work skills, CFL helps a diverse population of learners meet their needs and achieve their personal and employment-related goals.

Episcopal Community Services (ECS)
http://www.ecsphilly.org
Episcopal Community Services empowers vulnerable individuals and families by providing high‐quality social and educational services that affirm human dignity and promote social justice. Their programs focus on shelter and housing, safety and stability, and literacy and education.

First Book

https://www.fbmarketplace.org/

First Book is a resource that can provide high-quality books and education resources for schools and programs serving kids in need. If you serve children from low-income families, First Book may be able to help with reading materials.

Free Library of Philadelphia
http://www.freelibrary.org
The Free Library of Philadelphia seeks to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning.

Mighty Writers
http://www.mightywriters.org
At Mighty Writers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Philadelphia city kids learn that writing with clarity leads to a lifetime of success. MW's free writing programs help students (ages 7-17) develop reading and writing skills they desperately need to advance through school and succeed afterward—in college or trade school and a competitive and ever-changing job market.

Philadelphia Out-of-School-Time Literacy Initiative
http://www.freelibrary.org/libserv/postli.htm
Administered through the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation (FLPF), the Philadelphia Out-of-School Time Literacy Initiative (POSTLI) is a literacy technical assistance and professional development service provider for the OST community.

Philadelphia Writing Project 
http://tep.gse.upenn.edu/inspire/inspire_philadelphia_writing.html
The Philadelphia Writing Project, located at PennGSE is a site of the National Writing Project. It is a growing teacher network of over 600 K-12 teacher consultants who work in a variety of ways with teachers and other educators to explore literacy, writing, teaching and learning in their classrooms and schools regardless of grade or discipline.

People Interested in Zippy and ZAny Zcribbling (PIZZAZ)

http://pages.uoregon.edu/leslieob/pizzaz.html

PIZZAZ has been an online resource since 1995 from Leslie Opp-Beckman for scribblers and teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Professor Garfield

http://www.professorgarfield.org/pgf_home.html

Professor Garfield foundation's mission is to be a world leader in the direct, free delivery of innovative digital learning content with emphasis on children's literacy and creative expression. This site creates fun and educational interactive activities and games where kids can play and learn at the same time.

Reach Out and Read 
http://www.reachoutandread.org
Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and to encourage families to read together. Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia Coalition is Philadelphia's local chapter.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
http://www.rif.org
RIF is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. We prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most.

Reading Rockets
http://www.readingrockets.org
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Also, you can subscribe to any of their various weekly and monthly newsletters.

ReadWriteThink

www.readwritethink.org

RWT's mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials for grades K-12. 

Share Literacy

http://www.shareliteracy.org/

Share Literacy is a national non-profit dedicated to providing literacy services for at-risk children through discounted books and home literacy kits.

Springboard Collaborative
http://springboardcollaborative.org
Springboard Collaborative combines targeted student instruction with parent training in an incentivized system that closes the literacy gap.

Teaching for Change

www.teachingforchange.org

Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

West Philadelphia Alliance for Children
http://wepac.org
WePAC’s mission is to promote childhood literacy by engaging volunteers in Philadelphia public schools through re-opening and staffing libraries, academic mentoring, and after-school enrichment.

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Project-Based Learning

Big Picture Company
http://www.bigpicture.org 
Big Picture Learning’s mission is to lead vital changes in education, both in the United States and internationally, by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized schools that work in tandem with the real world of the greater community. BPC believes that in order to sustain successful schools where authentic and relevant learning takes place, there must continually be innovate techniques and tested learning tools to make schools better and more rigorous.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights
http://www.phillyyoungplaywrights.org
Philadelphia Young Playwrights is an intensive arts-education program that pairs a professional teaching artist with a classroom teacher. The two work together as an Artistic Team, guiding and supporting students in the process of writing a play. The program fosters student learning, exploring, and succeeding.

Scribe Video Center: Documentary History Project for Youth
http://scribe.org/about/documentaryhistoryprojectyouth
Documentary History Project for Youth is a program of the Scribe Video Center in which middle and high school students work with experienced filmmakers and historians after school and during the summer to research, plan, and produce documentaries about issues of local historical significance. Each year the documentaries focus on different topic exploring the social, environmental, cultural, and/or political history of the region.

Wooden Boat Factory
http://www.woodenboatfactory.org
The Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory is a maritime education organization whose mission is to engage the city’s youth through hands-on, experiential programming inspired by the heritage of the sea.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

For an extensive list of STEM links, click HERE.

Sports and Recreation

For an extensive list of Sports and Fitness links, click HERE.

Summer Programming

American Camp Association
http://www.acacamps.org
The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who share their knowledge and experience and ensure the quality of camp programs.

NASA Summer of Innovation Curriculum Tools
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/summer/education_resources/index.html
NASA’s education specialists have developed themed units and camps of NASA content to help make your summer programming both exciting and meaningful. The selected units and camps are specific, hands-on, problem-based activities that are appropriate for the summer learning setting.

National Summer Learning Association
www.summerlearning.org/
The National Summer Learning Association (formerly the Center for Summer Learning) develops, evaluates, and disseminates model summer learning programs, stimulates research, and builds public support to ensure that all children have access to learning opportunities during the summer months.

Philadelphia Summer Camps

http://www.philadelphiasummercamps.com/

A comprehensive directory of Philadelphia's art, sport, academic, residential, and specialty camps for the upcoming summer.

Philly OST
http://afterschoolinphilly.weebly.com/
Philly OST is your one stop shop for afterschool and summer programming. PhillyOST, an important DHS prevention strategy, consists of 70 community-based provider agencies operating a variety of programs for youth of all ages across Philadelphia.

Summer Search
http://www.summersearch.org
The mission of Summer Search is to find resilient low-income high school students and inspire them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year- round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.

The Urban League of Philadelphia
http://www.urbanleaguephila.org
The Urban League of Philadelphia works within the Philadelphia public school system to provide programs that enhance the standards academic format and create a college-going culture. These programs include: Childcare Information ServicesCommunity Scholars ProgramGear UpProject Ready, and Urban Green League.

WorkReady Philadelphia
http://www.mypyn.org/workready.php 
WorkReady summer programs are paid, six-week experiences that give young people, ages 14 to 21, the opportunity to learn and earn in corporate or community-based settings. There are several different kinds of programs, including internships, academically focused, service learning experiences.

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Workforce Development

ACT
http://www.act.org/
ACT believes in the value of early engagement, data, and preparation for both college and career. They offer comprehensive assessment, research, information, and program management services to support education and workforce development.

The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
http://www.thebizctr.com/youth
The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise offers the Urban Youth Entrepreneurship Program which is an exciting, motivational program that encourages and prepares youth between the ages of 14-17 to start their own business. Youth learn basic characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, risks and rewards of running a business, life skills (including budgeting and investing), and the importance of a business plan and steps on how to write one.

Dress for Success
http://www.dressforsuccess.org
The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Enterprise Center Leaders About Business (TEC-LAB)
http://theenterprisecenter.com/services/for-youth
TEC-LAB provides innovative programs that give youth a forum to explore entrepreneurship, develop leadership skills, and serve their communities as they create viable career options for the future. Programs include YES In-School Program, Summer Business and Leadership Camps, Executive Incubator After School Program, Leaders 4 Success, and Food, School, and Community.

Hopeworks ‘N Camden
http://www.hopeworks.org
Hopeworks ‘N Camden uses education, technology, and entrepreneurship to partner with young men and women as they identify and earn a sustainable future.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
http://www.nfte.com
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures. 

Project U-Turn
www.projectuturn.net
Project U-Turn is a citywide campaign to focus public attention on Philadelphia’s dropout crisis and to design strategies and leverage investments to resolve it.

Philadelphia Academies
http://www.academiesinc.org/
The mission of Philadelphia Academies, Inc. (PAI) is to expand life and economic options for Philadelphia public school students through career-focused programming that prepares young people for employment and post-secondary education.

Philadelphia Children’s Connection
www.philly-connect.org
PCC, an initiative of the Philadelphia Children's Foundation, offers resources to help youth discover their interests and develop the skills they need to make positive career choices and important life decisions. The Philadelphia Children's Foundation releases a monthly e-newsletter that covers a wide range of topics affecting Philadelphia's children, youth, and families.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Teen Programs
http://www.philamuseum.org/communityengagement
The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers various teen programs and internships designed to work with a small group of sophomore, junior, or seniors from schools throughout the Philadelphia region. Each program is designed to inspire, mentor, and prepare those selected students for leadership roles and further study in the visual arts. Internship opportunities for high-school students nurture professional development and foster growth of the museum profession.

Philadelphia Youth Network
www.pyninc.org
As a catalyst for collective action, the Philadelphia Youth Network makes connections among individuals, organizations and systems. PYN works to increase capacity and resources in order to provide high-quality preparation so Philadelphia’s youth can thrive in a regional and global economy.

Startup Corps
http://startupcorps.org
Startup Corps was created to provide curriculum, workshops, mentorship, and micro-capital for high school students in Philadelphia who wish to launch micro-ventures.

WorkReady Philadelphia
http://www.mypyn.org/workready.php 
WorkReady summer programs are paid, six-week experiences that give young people, ages 14 to 21, the opportunity to learn and earn in corporate or community-based settings. There are several different kinds of programs, including internships, academically focused, service learning experiences.

YESPhilly
http://yesphilly.org
YESPhilly is a place foryoung adults who have dropped out of school to get an education and support to get into college or get a job. Everyone at YESPhilly also participates in their media arts studios and has counseling support.

YMCA Black Achievers Program 
http://www.fvymca.org/file/any/Black%20Achievers%20Brochure.pdf
The YMCA Black Achievers program of the YMCA of the USA is an academic achievement/career development initiative purposed to help teens of color set and pursue high educational and career goals, resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning.

YouthBuild
www.youthbuild.org
YouthBuild USA is a national nonprofit organization that works to unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives.

 

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