Links

Cultural Competence & Inclusion

These links are about creating inclusive environments and recognizing multiple examples of diversity such as race, gender, income, or learning ability.

 

Children in Poverty Learning Differences
Cultural Competence Gender Issues and Sensitivity
English Language Learners Racial Issues and Sensitivity
Faith-Based Programming Sexual Identity

 

 

Children in Poverty

Achieving Independence Center
www.vyhphila.org/locations/philadelphia/aic
Managed by Valley Youth House, the Achieving Independence Center (AIC) is a unique resource for young adults transitioning from the foster care system to independent adulthood. The Center provides co-located access to many of the supports and services youth need to make this transition.

CORA Services
www.coraservices.org 
Rooted in a tradition of care and compassion, the Mission of CORA Services is to assist children, youth and families experiencing emotional, academic and social challenges which impede their development and productivity. A private, not-for-profit service organization located in Philadelphia, PA, CORA Services provides an array of comprehensive professional services focused on prevention, intervention, remediation and referral assistance.

Cradles to Crayons
http://cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia
The mission of Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is to provide children living in low income and homeless situations from birth to preteen the basic essentials, free of charge, that they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn. Additionally C2C provides a foundation for lasting social change through meaningful, tangible volunteer activities experienced by thousands of adults and children each year. 

Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
www.childrensdefense.org
The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. It pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

DHS Community-Based Prevention Services (DHS-CBPS)
http://dhs.phila.gov/intranet/pgintrahome_pub.nsf/content/prevention+-+home/
The Division of Community Based Prevention Services (DCBPS), within Philadelphia's Department of Human Services, is committed to providing the social supports that strengthen at-risk families and allow them to thrive in their own communities.

EducationWorks (EW)
http://educationworks-online.org
EducationWorks is a not-for-profit organization that provides comprehensive support for economically disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia, Chester, PA; and Camden and Trenton, NJ. The goal of EW is to provide educational programs and services that enrich the lives of children, youth and families confronting high rates of poverty and other barriers to educational achievement.

Every Child Matters
www.everychildmatters.org
The Every Child Matters Education Fund supports and provides opportunities for focused public attention on important children’s issues including: child abuse prevention, improved healthcare for low-income children, child care, early childhood education, after-school programs, and federal budget and tax decisions.

Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition
www.uac.org
The Urban Affairs Coalition works to improve life’s chances for young people, low-income families and minority-owned businesses by creating economic opportunities and strengthening nonprofit organizations in urban communities.

Let's Get Ready
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.

National Center for Children in Poverty
http://nccp.org
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is one of the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

OIC of America
www.oicofamerica.org
Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, Inc. (OICA) is a non-profit organization that operates through a national network of local affiliated organizations. OICA has 42 affiliates in 22 states and the District of Columbia . Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America has forty-five years of experience in serving the poor, unemployed, underemployed and youth.

People’s Emergency Center (PEC) 
www.pec-cares.org 
PEC nurtures families, strengthens neighborhoods, and drives change. We are committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout our entire community. PEC provides comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and their children, revitalize our West Philadelphia neighborhood, and advocate for social justice.

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Cultural Competence

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)
www.brycs.org
BRYCS assists service providers from refugee resettlement agencies, mainstream service agencies, such as child welfare and schools, and ethnic community based organizations. BRYCS provides individual consultations, trainings, and conference presentations on topics related to serving refugee children and families. In addition, BRYCS authors publications and maintains a Clearinghouse of thousands of resources.

Covenant House Pennsylvania
www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-charity/pennsylvania
Covenant House Pennsylvania provides a full range of services to meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth, including Street Outreach programs, a 51-bed Crisis Center, transitional living programs, and a Community Service Center

National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI) 
http://fcnetwork.org
In 2006, the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners merged with the Family and Corrections Network to create the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated (NRCCFI). The mission of NRCCFI is to uphold the value of families of the incarcerated and provide support to programs that serve them. Also, they provide an internet-based resource called Children of Prisoners Library (CPL) that provides free information sheets designed for people serving children of prisoners and their caregivers.

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.

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.

Teaching Tolerance
www.tolerance.org
Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations, and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. They provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners. Also, they publish a weekly newsletter for educators interested in anti-bias issues and related classroom materials.

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English Language Learners

Center for Literacy- ESL classes
www.centerforliteracy.org/programs-q10008-c2-English_as_a_Second_Language.aspx
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.

Community College Philadelphia- ESL Program 
www.ccp.edu/vpacaff/divess/ESL/index_ESL.html
The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program and Services at Community College of Philadelphia is designed to meet the needs of students whose native language is not English. The College offers a variety of ESL courses and support services to help students succeed academically and participate in the English-speaking communities.

Motivos Magazine
www.motivosmag.com
Motivos is a full color glossy magazine printed in English and Spanish that inspires and empowers Latino youth to explore their full potential and make informed choices about life, college, and career options.

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).

YMCA- ESL programs
https://philaymca.org/branches/main-line/community-programs/
The Main Line YMCA is offering ESL classes for high beginner to intermediate level non-native speakers as well as English conversation classes for all skill levels.

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Faith-Based Programming

Catholic Social Services
www.catholicsocialservicesphilly.org 
Catholic Social Services traces its roots to colonial Philadelphia. The ten agencies of CSS administer programs dedicated to serving men, women, and children in need. They are an expression of the charitable works of the local church.

JEVS
www.jevshumanservices.org
JEVS Human Services enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs. Consistent with core principles and entrepreneurial spirit, JEVS Human Services creates innovative and sustainable solutions to address current and future community needs. 

Liberty Lutheran Services
www.libertylutheran.org
The mission of Liberty Lutheran is to faithfully provide vital resources for individuals and families facing life-changing situations, from the earliest stages of life through the many stages of aging.

Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA)
www.occcda.org
Through OCCCDA, children and youth are provided positive out of school activities, families can be reconciled, individuals are taught job skills and trained for small business development, community members who have conflicts are able to walk through mediation, and churches can partner as ambassadors to a community in need.

Salvation Army
www.use.salvationarmy.org
The Salvation Army is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. The Army’s doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise God’s saving purposes. Its objects are ‘the advancement of the Christian religion… of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.'

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Learning Differences

The Arc of Philadelphia
www.arcpddc.org
Promoting citizenship and choice for people with cognitive, intellectual, & developmental disabilities through legislative action, advocacy, and connecting you to The Arc Community.

BrainSTEPS Program
www.biapa.org
BrainSTEPS works to make sure that those who must provide educational support to children with brain injury have a good understanding that will help these students achieve optimal educational success.

Children and Adults with ADD (CHADD)
www.chadd.org
CHADD is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.

Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
www.childrensdefense.org
The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. It pays particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

First Signs
www.firstsigns.org
First Signs, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating parents and professionals about the early warning signs of autism and related disorders.

Mobility International USA
www.miusa.org 
MIUSA is a cross-disability organization serving those with cognitive, hearing, learning, mental health, physical, systemic, vision, and other disabilities.

Project Elijah Empowering Autism (PEEA)
www.peea.org
Project Elijah Empowering Autism (PEEA) is an after-school program for children with autism.\

Pennsylvania Medical Home Initiative
www.pamedicalhome.org
Pennsylvania Medical Home Initiative is an approach to health care that emphasizes the partnership between pediatric clinicians and families, providing care for children and youth with special health care needs.

Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)
http://dbhids.org
DBHIDS provides services through a network of agencies while collaborating with the Philadelphia School District, child welfare and judicial systems, and other stakeholders.

Reading Rockets
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.

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Gender Issues and Sensitivity

 

Girls Inc.

www.girlsincpa-nj.org

The Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Chapter of Girls Incorporated inspires and empowers girls through outreach programming, advocacy, education, and mentoring relationships.

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.

Kesa Kivel

www.kesakivel.com

Kivel, an artist, educator, and social justice activist, has compiled curricula on feminist issues for girls and young women. Her three programs are available for free on her website.

Teaching Tolerance
www.tolerance.org
Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations, and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. They provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners. Also, they publish a weekly newsletter for educators interested in anti-bias issues and related classroom materials.

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Racial Issues and Sensitivity

ASPIRA Association
www.aspira.org
The ASPIRA Association, a 501(C)(3) organization, is the only national Hispanic organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth.

Congreso de Latinos
www.congreso.net/site
Congreso's vision is to provide a bilingual and culturally sensitive comprehensive network of services to support and empower residents to create positive solutions to challenges they face daily. As a holistic human service agency, Congreso offers a wide range of adult and youth services including: truancy intervention, out-of-school time youth development programs, workforce development, drug and alcohol counseling, housing counseling, health education, teen pregnancy prevention and intervention, maternal and child health programs, and HIV/AIDS services.

Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations
http://elconcilio.net
Founded in 1962, The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio) is the oldest Latino organization in Philadelphia and has a well-established reputation as a leader for Latino family services. The Council's mission is to ensure that equitable social, educational, cultural, prevention/intervention services and programs are made available to the Philadelphia community.

The Indochinese-American Council (IAC)
www.iacphila.org
IAC's mission is to help disadvantaged, multi-racial minority Americans including newly-arrived refugees and immigrants from all parts of the world to achieve social, economic and educational advancement and mobility.The IAC also has a multitude of youth programs.

Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition
www.uac.org
The Urban Affairs Coalition works to improve life’s chances for young people, low-income families and minority-owned businesses by creating economic opportunities and strengthening nonprofit organizations in urban communities.

Institute for the Development of African-American Youth, Inc. (IDAAY)
http://idaay.org
IDAAY is a nationally recognized leader in at-risk youth development. They provide education, intervention, and parenting support services to Philadelphia youth ages 5 through 25. 

Motivos Magazine
www.motivosmag.com
Motivos is a full color glossy magazine printed in English and Spanish that inspires and empowers Latino youth to explore their full potential and make informed choices about life, college, and career options.

Mural Arts Restorative Justice Youth Program
http://muralarts.org/programs/art-education/restorative-justice-youth
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.

Norris Square Civic Association
http://nscaonline.org
Norris Square Civic Association (NSCA) is a grassroots, community-based development corporation founded by a group of community women. NSCA’s mission is to empower Norris Square residents to improve their lives by becoming self- reliant, and to unite and build the community through the development and improvement of the physical, economic, social, cultural, and educational aspects of the neighborhood.

Norris Square Neighborhood Project
www.myneighborhoodproject.org
Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) is an arts and gardening organization, serving youth and adults in programs focused through the lens of Latino culture. The mission of NSNP is to nurture and actively involve neighborhood children and their families in learning responsibility for self, culture, community, and environment.

YMCA Black Achievers Program 
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.

Youth Emergency Service (YES)
http://ysiphilly.org/programs/youth-emergency-service
Youth Emergency Service (YES) is a shelter in the Philadelphia area offering immediate housing to homeless and runaway youth. Each year, YES provides a safe and supportive environment, on-site medical treatment, counseling, educational enrichment, and recreational opportunities to more than 400 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18.

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Sexual Identity

The Attic
www.atticyouthcenter.org
The Attic creates opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society

Gender Spectrum

www.genderspectrum.org

Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

GLSEN

http://glsen.org/educate/resources

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network advocates and educates decision makers and teachers about creating an inclusive climate for LGBT students. The organization's website provides resources for LGBT-inclusive curriculums, lesson plans on bullying, and professional development opportunities for educators to expand their understanding of the issues facing LGBT students.

Mazzoni Center
www.mazzonicenter.org
Mazzoni Center provides medical care, mental health counseling, and a full range of HIV/AIDS testing & social services to the Philadelphia-area’s sexual minority and HIV-affected communities.

Safe Schools Coalition

www.safeschoolscoalition.org

The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership that supports LGBT youth by providing resources to schools, raising community awareness, providing skill-based training for educators, and serving as a advisory resource.

Trans Student Educational Resources

www.transstudent.org

Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. TSER supplies trans-related information and support for teachers, advocacy organizations, and promotes trans awareness in the media. Their website includes model policies, infographics, and a resource database for websites and LGBTQ youth camps.

The Trevor Project

www.thetrevorproject.org

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, workshops for youths and ally adults, and other community resources to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues, mental health concerns, and suicide prevention.

 

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