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For a list of Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative (PYSC) Members and Partners, click HERE.


Academy of Natural Sciences 
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is America's oldest natural history museum and is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For nearly 200 years, the Academy has carried out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the remarkable diversity of our natural world and sharing these discoveries with the public through innovative exhibits, publications and educational programming.

Achieving Independence Center
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.

After School Activities Partnership (ASAP)
Created in 2002 in response to a civic outcry for help with activities for the city’s youth during the critical unsupervised hours after school, ASAP has provided after school recreational and enrichment activities to Philadelphia kids in some of the poorest and most dangerous areas of the city.

American Red Cross 
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters.

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

Art Sanctuary
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.

Ase Academy
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.

The Attic
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.


Bartram's Garden 
The non-profit John Bartram Association operates the Garden in cooperation with the Fairmount Park Commission. Thousands use it yearly for tours, educational programs, special events, recreation and as a community cultural center.

Beat the Streets Wrestling
The Beat the Streets Wrestling Program of Philadelphia is committed to helping establish youth wrestling programs in the Philadelphia metropolitan region.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers; this marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.

Big Picture Alliance
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.

Big Picture Company 
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.

Boys & Girls Clubs
The goal of Boys & Girls Clubs is to enable all young people, especially those in the most need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. A Boys & Girls Club provides: a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity.

Bread & Butter Productions
Bread & Butter Productions is a women-owned, boutique event planning, Philadelphia-based firm dedicated to raising awareness and funds for good causes. They specialize in designing creative events to maximize fundraising potential for non-profit organizationsby attracting donors, engaging the community, and developing strategic partnerships.

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia
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
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.

Bridging the Gaps 
Bridging the Gaps (BTG) links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related services for underserved and economically disadvantaged populations.   

The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
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.

Business Services of the City of Philadelphia
The Business Services Department of the City of Philadelphia provides information related to planning, starting, and running an organization in Philadelphia. The website describes the various regulations and licensing that pertain to your organization.


Campaign for Working Families
The Campaign for Working Families seeks practical ways to improve the economic status of working people in Philadelphia so that working families have the opportunity to increase their income, wisely manage their finances, protect themselves from expensive financial services, and build assets.

Canary Promotion
Canary Promotion’s work encompasses both the visual and verbal communications needed to effectively tell clients’ stories with personalized publicity, branding, marketing, design and web development services.

Caring People Alliance
Serving children and strengthening families has been Caring People Alliance's mission for over 75 years. We empower Philadelphia children and youth to become positive citizens, decision-makers and leaders by providing them, their families and their elders with high quality, community-based programs and services that promote character building, educational achievement, healthy lifestyles and teamwork.

Carson Valley Children's Aid 
Carson Valley Children's Aid is a non-profit, child welfare agency with a distinguished history of service to children and families. Carson Valley Children's Aid offers a comprehensive continuum of care.

Catholic Social Services 
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.

The Center for Grieving Children
The Center for Grieving Children is a safe and caring place where young people and their families who are grieving a death can find help to grow through the healing process.

Center for Literacy
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.

Center for Literacy- ESL classes
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.

Certificate in Marketing & Communications from LaSalle University
LaSalle University School of Business offers a Certificate in Marketing & Communications, aimed at staff responsible for marketing, communications, public relations and development, as well as executive directors and board members who recognize that they are their organization’s chief marketers.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers specialized programs and services for treating children who are experiencing psychiatric conditions, and behavioral or emotional difficulties.

The Children's Advocacy Project (CAP4Kids)
The Children’s Advocacy Project (CAP4Kids) connects child advocates and families with appropriate social service agencies and empowers families and children to advance positive change.  

Children’s Village
Children's Village is a non-profit organization providing high-quality early childhood education to young children and educational enrichment to school-age children for families of all economic levels and diverse backgrounds.

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.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center
The Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Inc. (CCCEEC)’s mission is to operate a premier urban environmental education center in Southwest and West Philadelphia that embraces and educates people of diverse backgrounds to understand and appreciate the important role the environment plays in our lives.

College Access Center of Delaware County
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.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 states that “$650M shall be provided to carry out evidence-based clinical and community-based prevention and wellness strategies authorized by the Public Health Service Act that deliver specific, measurable health outcomes that address chronic disease rates.” The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has developed an initiative in response to the Act. The goal of the HHS initiative – Communities Putting Prevention to Work – is to reduce risk factors and prevent/delay chronic disease and promote wellness in both children and adults.

Communities In Schools 
Communities In Schools works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources. SeeCommunities In Schools Philadelphia.

Community College of Philadelphia- Youthwork Certificate
The academic certificate program in Youth Work prepares students for careers in youth services. Graduates of this program will be prepared for employment as youth service workers and youth development practitioners. Students receive a background in the principles and practices of service to children and adolescents, including programs for dependent, delinquent and special needs youth.

Community College Philadelphia- ESL Program
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.

Community Design Collaborative
The Community Design Collaborative is a community design center that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, offers unique volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in community revitalization.

Congreso de Latinos
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.

CORA Services 
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.

Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations
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.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Court Appointed Special Advocates speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are involved in the family courts. CASA does this by promoting and supporting quality volunteer advocacy to help assure each child a safe, permanent and nurturing home. They have nearly 1,000 programs nationally, including one in Delaware County, PA.

Covenant House 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.

Cradles to Crayons
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. 


Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC)
The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC), serving Southeastern Pennsylvania, is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for children, birth through eight, by offering professional development and training to the early childhood community.

Delaware Valley Science Fair 
Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc. (DVSF) was founded in 1949 and incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1993, making it one of the oldest Fairs in the country. It is now also one of the largest.  The Fairs were designed as a vehicle for stimulating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among students in middle and high schools in the tri-state area.

District-Wide Surveys: Building Better Schools

The results available on this site are from surveys designed to capture feedback from The School District of Philadelphia community on five key topics related to school improvement.

DHS Community-Based Prevention Services (DHS-CBPS)
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. 


Eatiquette, the Vetri Method for school lunch, aims to transform a child's lunch from the traditional cafeteria assembly line to an environment where children gather around round tables, pass plates of food to one another, and experience social interaction and communication.

Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation
Snider Hockey is a cutting edge program that uses the sport of hockey coupled with a rigorous off-ice life skills curriculum and supplemental educational services to build character and academic skills for high-risk inner-city boys and girls from Philadelphia and Camden, NJ.

EdTec is a social venture founded in 2001 to develop, support and advance quality charter schools. Our exceptional team has provided unparalleled expertise and support to over 200 charter schools across a comprehensive range of services.

EducationWorks (EW)
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.

The Enterprise Center Leaders About Business (TEC-LAB)
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.

Episcopal Community Services (ECS)
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.


The Federation of Neighborhood Centers
The Greater Philadelphia Federation of Settlements network offers an array of community supports including: childcare, parenting education, family-centered case management, arts and culture, summer day camps, and pre-employment and life skills training linked to career exploration and after-school contextual learning.

First Tee of Greater Philadelphia
The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia provides youth with educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Fleisher Art Memorial
The Fleisher Art Memorial, originally known as the Graphic Sketch Club, was founded by Samuel S. Fleisher in 1898 in the Jewish Union building that then stood at 4th and Bainbridge Streets. Mr. Fleisher supported the program directly during his lifetime, and, at his death in 1944, left his residuary estate in trust to support the operations and maintenance of the program under the administration of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Food Trust
The Food Trust works with Department of Public Health to make the “healthy choice the easy choice” by increasing the access and affordability of healthy foods. The HYPE campaign (“Healthy You. Positive Energy.”) supports youth councils in approximately 100 middle and high schools, all working to get their schools HYPE by improving access to healthy foods, decreasing the availability of unhealthy foods, and increasing opportunities for physical activity.

Franklin Institute Science Museum In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund
Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund works to strengthen communities and empower youth by advocating for skaters and skateboarding culture, educating youth and adults about the art of skateboarding and its benefits to neighborhoods and people, and building free, public skateparks that demonstrate innovative design, community engagement, and multi-faceted use.

Free Library of Philadelphia
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.

Fresh Artists
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.


Generocity is the platform for social good in Greater Philadelphia. Their mission is to strengthen the region’s position as a leader in social enterprise. Generocity publishes daily news and information about the solutions to local issues, including a weeklynewsletter. In addition, Generocity develops online applications designed to make it easy to give back and get involved.

The George Washington Carver Science Fair
The George Washington Carver Science Fair encourages urban youth to pursue academic achievement and careers in science.  The Carver Fair is jointly sponsored by Temple University, The Academy of Natural Sciences, The School District of Philadelphia, and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  It is open to all students in grades four through twelve who attend Philadelphia County public, charter, parochial, and private schools, as well as to home schooled students residing in the county.

Get Healthy Philly
Get Healthy Philly is a public health initiative bringing together government, community-based organizations, academia, and the private sector.

Girls Rock Philly (GRP)
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.

Graduation Coach Campaign
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.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
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.

Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition
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.


Healing is an agency that is designed to service the community with programs that will prevent various types of dangerous or fatal incidents that occur with our youth and young adults. Services are provided through presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, rap sessions, conflict resolution training, and life skills through drama classes.

Health Promotion Council
Health Promotion Council (HPC) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to promote health, prevent and manage chronic disease, especially among vulnerable populations through community-based outreach, education, and advocacy.

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


Impact Services
Impact operates in seven locations in Philadelphia where it provides a range of employment and training, supportive housing, and community and economic development services to over 17,000 needy Philadelphians each year. Impact also has many programs for youth development.

Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Launched in October 2011, the Independence Blue Cross Foundation is an independent, private foundation whose mission is to transform health care through innovation in the communities it serves. The IBC Foundation and Independence Blue Cross are both committed to improving the health and wellness of the people of southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Indochinese-American Council (IAC)
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.

Institute for the Development of African American Youth, Inc. (IDAAY)
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.

Institute for Family Professionals 
Since 2003, IFP has provided professional development and support to providers in the Parenting Collaborative, a project of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. In more recent years United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania has joined this partnership with support and vision for expansion into the area of Success by 6.

International Student Athlete Academy
ISAA seeks to provide area middle & high school student-athletes, grades 6th through 12th with educational enrichment, athletic development, and personal growth skills.

iPraxis creates and fosters opportunities that engage underrepresented communities in science and technology through education and entrepreneurship.

Islamic Social Services Association of Philadelphia

Islamic Social Services Association of Philadelphia (ISSAP) provides case management and counseling needs for children and families and coordinates career and mentoring services for youth.


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. 

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Since its establishment in 1972, the refuge has worked with area educators to provide educational opportunities for their students. Our programs focus on providing teachers with the information, skills, and resources to incorporate the environment into their curriculum and to utilize the refuge as an outdoor classroom.

Juvenile Justice Center
The Juvenile Justice Center aims to enable healthy emotional and physical growth of children involved with the child welfare system, leading to the child's return to the biological family, adoption or adult self-sufficiency, and responsibility.


Katie At The Bat Team
The Katie At The Bat Team is dedicated to empowering inner-city children to achieve their full potential through participation in athletics.

Kroc Center
A new community center has opened its doors in North Philadelphia. The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive community centers on the East Coast.


Lacrosse. Education. Attitude. Perseverance. Success. (LEAPS)
LEAPS’ mission is to enrich the lives of youth through lacrosse and education, as well as instill the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

LaSalle Nonprofit Center
The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University enhances the management and governance capacity of nonprofit organizations across the Delaware Valley with the ultimate goal of enabling nonprofits to meet fully the needs of their communities.


Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
Legacy Youth Tennis and Education seeks to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, for success as individuals and as active, responsible citizens through innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development programming.

Liberty Lutheran Services
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.

Lil’ Filmmakers
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.

LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc.
LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) provides innovative educational programming to high-need students throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, including in Philadelphia.


Make-A-Wish Foundation
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Mayor's Office of Education
The City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education has many initiatives which help to achieve the Mayor's “Goals for Education.”

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.

Mighty Writers
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.

McClanahan Associates, Inc. 
McClanahan Associates, Inc is committed to strengthening programs based on flexible, yet rigorous, evaluation practices that help 
organizations and funders achieve their mission of improving people's lives. We work closely with the organizations we partner with--capitalizing on their deep knowledge of the local context, the population they serve, and their own program--and generate information and recommendations for our clients that are understandable, practical, and useful.

Montgomery Early Learning Centers: Professional Development Dimensions
Professional Development Dimensions, formally known as The Southeastern PA School Age Child Care Project (SEPASACC), is a regionally-based professional development and technical assistance division of MELC, supporting both public and private after-school programs in the Philadelphia region whose mission is to encourage the development and expansion of high quality and innovative out-of-school time programs by using strategies, tools and processes grounded in best practices, research and national standards.

Multiplying Connections
Multiplying Connections is a Philadelphia collaborative whose mission is to build and sustain a trauma-informed system of services for young children and their families.

Mural Arts Restorative Justice Youth Program
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.


Need in Deed
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.

Neighborhood Bike Works
Neighborhood Bike Works increases opportunities for urban youth in underserved neighborhoods in greater Philadelphia by offering educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities through bicycling; it also promotes cycling as a healthy, affordable, environment-friendly form of transportation.

Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penn’s primary vehicle for bringing to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive,and interconnected problems of the American city so that West Philadelphia (Penn’s local geographic community), Philadelphia, the University itself, and society benefit.

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
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. Since opening its doors in 2007, NFTE Philadelphia has reached 2,500 students from low-income communities with entrepreneurship education programs.

Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF)
The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) serves as a development finance institution for nonprofit organizations by providing financing and advisory services.

Norris Square Civic Association
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.

Northern Children’s Services
Northern Children’s Services seeks to build the self-confidence and resiliency of at-risk children and their families. They accomplish this by providing a full spectrum of behavioral health and child welfare services to children throughout the region.

Norris Square Neighborhood Project
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.


Office of Grant Development

This Office supports Philadelphia-area schools and school projects through Communication and Collaboration linkages, Grantwriting/Technical Assistance, a Grants Newsletter, and additional professional development.

Office of Specialized Instructional Services
The Office of Specialized Instructional Services (OSIS) is committed to the educational, social, developmental, physical, and emotional well-being of all students within the School District of Philadelphia. They also offer services to address child behavioral health issues.

Office of Strategic Partnerships

The Office of Strategic Partnerships supports the School District of Philadelphia in connecting external organizations to schools, in an effort to align resources (human capital or financial) with the priorities and objectives outlined in the District's Action Plan.

OIC of America
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.

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
OMG assists and assesses change through evaluation, strategic research and planning, and grants management and capacity building support. The multifaceted nature of their work enables them to use a uniquely designed set of services to answer the specific questions of each client.

Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association (OCCCDA)
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.


People’s Emergency Center (PEC) 
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.

People’s Emergency Center: Digital Inclusion and Technology Program
The PEC Center for Digital Inclusion and Technology (CDIT) offers free access to computers for general use and training throughout the year to students of all ages to develop the technology skills necessary for success in 21st century careers and education.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (the Center) collectively enhances the cultural life of the Philadelphia region by funding artists and projects of excellence, courage, and imagination in Management.

Philadelphia Academies

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 Anti-Drug & Anti-Violence Network
The mission of PAAN is to promote community safety through services that reduce drug abuse and violence as well as to help at-risk youth develop positive alternatives that will return them to the mainstream of society.

Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance
Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance (PADA) offers a variety of opportunities for people of all lifestyles and demographics to play Ultimate. Their Youth Outreach (YO) Program brings Ultimate to lesser privileged children in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Area Math Teachers' Circle (PAMTC)
PAMTC provides opportunities for professional mathematicians and middle-grades math teachers to engage in collaborative and creative mathematical problem-solving. The PAMTC is part of the Math Teachers' Circle Network of the American Institutes of Mathematics (AIM).

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership (PAEP)
PAEP promotes learning in and through the arts for students in K-12 schools and community sites throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Children’s Alliance
The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, an independent non-profit organization, promotes healing and justice for child sexual abuse victims in Philadelphia by conducting state of the art forensic interviews, providing victim support services, collaborating with other agencies and leading the development of an integrated response.

Philadelphia Children's Coalition
TeenZeen is being developed by National Children’s Coalition to be a complete resource and activity guide for children and youth in the Greater Philadelphia area, including nearby Pennysylvania and New Jersey suburbs.

Philadelphia Children’s Connection
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 City Rowing
Philadelphia City Rowing seeks to empower local public school students through the sport of rowing.

Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable

The Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable (PCPR) is a network of professionals from non-profit and campus-based college prep programs, university admissions and financial aid offices, and the School District of Philadelphia. The PCPR exists to increase the number of Philadelphia high school students who are college-ready, matriculate and graduate from post-secondary institutions.

Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable Scholarships   

Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable has launched a scholarships page on its website. The page features available scholarships. To list a scholarship opportunity, forward the details to


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

Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
The Commission on Parks and Recreation (PaRC) is eager to work with you to provide the very best ideas and recommendations to our elected and appointed officials concerning the protection, preservation and promotion of Philadelphia's historical, cultural, environmental and recreational resources and programs. 

Philadelphia Department of Public Health
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health provides resources, information, and advice particular to the Philadelphia community about how to stay healthy. The Office of the Health Commissioner sets policy and provides leadership for the Department of Public Health.

The Philadelphia Education Fund
The Philadelphia Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization that fulfills its mission of providing quality public education through funding provided by private donors, foundations, corporations, and public sources.

Philadelphia Education Grants

Philadelphia Educations Grants was created to help educators and school staff find grants for schools in Philadelphia. It has excellent resources on grants for a variety of topics.

Philadelphia Education Research Consortium

Launched by Research for Action (RFA), the site features original PERC research, as well as news, research, and resources from other consortia and research organizations nationwide. It is an innovative partnership with RFA designed to provide research and analyses on some of the city’s most pressing education issues.

Philadelphia Foundation
Philadelphia Foundation is a public charity community foundation that manages more than 800 charitable funds, maximizing the strategic impact of charitable contributions.

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

Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)
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. PHENND Update compiles weekly listings of resources from local events and job opportunities to national conferences and grant announcements.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Teen Programs
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 Out-of-School-Time Literacy Initiative

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.

The Philadelphia OST Projec
The Philadelphia OST project is a 3-year undertaking to “Build an OST System of Systems” that will help move the city toward a coordinated system of OST programs. Philadelphia's project is one of nine cities funded by The Wallace Foundation’s Next Generation OST Initiative. The project’s website is housed within the website of the Out of School Time Resource Center (OSTRC) at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice.

Philadelphia Public School Notebook
The Philadelphia Public School Notebook is an independent, nonprofit news service serving thousands of supporters of the Philadelphia public schools. The Notebook serves as an information source and voice for parents, students, teachers, and other members of the community who are working for quality and equality in Philadelphia's public schools.

Philadelphia Student Union
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.

Philadelphia Summer Camps

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

Philadelphia Urban Food and Fitness Alliance (PUFFA)
PUFFA Youth Wellness Advocates are high school students from across Philadelphia who are interested in seeing healthier food in their schools and communities and more safe places for fitness activities and play in their communities.

Philadelphia Writing Project
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.

Philadelphia Young Playwrights
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.

Philadelphia Youth Commission
The Philadelphia Youth Commission is a panel of young Philadelphians who review legislation and policies that affect youth and advise the Mayor and City Council on those issues. The Commission consists of 21 young people between the ages of 12 and 23. Each City Council member appoints one Youth Commissioner and the Mayor appoints four.

Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative
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 Network

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.

Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization is the Tri-State region’s premier youth orchestra for gifted, young, classical musicians and one of the oldest and most highly regarded youth orchestra organizations in the United States.

Philadelphia Youth Organization
Philadelphia Youth Organization is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit based at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th and Fitzwater Streets. PYO programs include instructional baseball and soccer leagues; high-level travel baseball and soccer teams; and programs for prospective college students.


Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative
The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative (PYSC) augments the impact of Philadelphia’s extraordinary collection of independent, non-profit organizations that use sports to benefit local children and youth, particularly those from under-resourced environments.

Philadelphia Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first.


PhilaSoup holds microgrant dinners where innovative and dynamic Philadelphia-area educators come together, highlight the great work that teachers are doing, and fund projects of their choice. 

Philly 3-1-1
Philly311 will help eliminate the need to sort through the 500 phone numbers and hotlines available to contact the City government. A call to 3-1-1 customer service will connect you to the information and services you need.

Philly After School Activities Partnership (ASAP)
After School Activities Partnership (ASAP)’s mission is to rally the Greater Philadelphia region into a broad campaign to increase supervised after school programs for kids of all ages. ASAP recruits volunteers to assist existing programs and organize new after school clubs and programs as driven by their interests and the needs of the community.

A collaboration betweeen Philadelphia OST systems, PhillyBOOSt shares and leverages resources to promote high quality programs fpr Philly youth, builds a learning community of OST champions, and expands opportunities for youth outside the school day.

Philly Goes to College
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.

Philly OST

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.

Philly Parents

Philly Parents is a website providing information for parents in Philadelphia schools on important resources, programs, and news. This collaborative community is headed by Jay Cohen, whom you can contact at  

Philly S.O.S.

Philadelphia's most comprehensive and up-to-date online resource for social services brought to you by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.

Philly Youth Radio
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.

Please Touch Museum
Since 1976, Please Touch Museum has been the Children's Museum of Philadelphia. PTM's mission is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness.

Pop-Up Play

Pop-up Play offers play experiences for young people K-16 where they can experience, create, and lead. This organization can customize their learning experience for specific groups and design something that works best for your youth population. They are passionate about the idea that people of ALL ages learn best through playful experiences and hands on practice.

PreSchool PLUS Early Learning Program
PreSchool PLUS Early Learning Program is a quality, not-for-profit, licensed, Keystone Stars designated, early care and education program for children three months to five years old.

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

Project GRAD Philadelphia
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

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.

Public Health Management Corporation

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations. It fulfills its mission to improve the health of the community by providing outreach, health promotion, education, research, planning, technical assistance, and direct services. Also, PHMC publishes an online newsletter called Public Health Directions.


Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia Coalition
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.

Reflective Teacher Network
Reflective Teacher Network provides a context for educators in the Philadelphia area to connect and improve their practice while fostering a reflective community. They use a protocol called Problem of Practice to identify a specific need in a school or classroom from a participant and work in groups to support that individual in developing a plan of success.

Regional Foundation Center
The Regional Foundation Center informs the local nonprofit sector through research, resources and referrals. The RFC houses Philadelphia’s largest publicly accessible collection of print and electronic resources on fundraising, nonprofit management, general philanthropy and institutional advancement. The RFC also provides free access to the Foundation Directory Online--the most comprehensive database of U.S. grant makers and their grants.

Research for Action
Research for Action (RFA) bridges the worlds of research and educational policy and practice. For two decades, RFA's mission has been to conduct rigorous studies – qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods – designed to provide a broad range of educational stakeholders with the information they need to improve student outcomes and strengthen schools and communities.

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

RSVP of Montgomery County
RSVP of Montgomery County seeks to promote volunteerism, particularly among people 50 years of age and older, while providing opportunities for volunteers to pursue their interests and use their abilities to help meet the critical human needs in and around Montgomery County, PA.


Saint Joseph's University

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.

Salvation Army
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.'

School District of Philadelphia
The School District of Philadelphia is the eighth largest school district in the nation, by enrollment. Located in a historic and culturally rich setting, the District is a racially and ethnically diverse community committed to education. The mission of the School District of Philadelphia is to provide a high-quality education that prepares, ensures, and empowers all students to achieve their full intellectual and social potential in order to become lifelong learners and productive members of society.

Scribe Video Center: Documentary History Project for Youth
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.

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.

Settlement Music School
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.

Simply Outrageous Youth
Simply Outrageous Youth utilizes an innovative and exciting method of teaching business, financial, and life skills. SOY teaches youth through fun, games, and role-playing and also offers a variety of programs that serve educators and children from ages 9 through 15.

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
Smith strives to be Philadelphia’s foremost resource for play by providing opportunities for unstructured creative play for children 10 and younger.

Solutions for Progress, Inc.
Solutions for Progress, Inc. provides research, analysis, programming, development, maintenance, training, help desk, and marketing services. The also operate The Benefit Bank, which functions as a benefits eligibility screener, a benefits application filer, and as IRS-certified tax preparation software.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Key
As the Southeast Regional Key, PHMC offers technical assistance and professional development to childcare providers in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery Counties through specialized staff as well as subcontractors. PHMC also evaluates providers to assess their quality levels based on the Keystone STARS system, an initiative of OCDEL to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania.

Spiral Q
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.

Springboard Collaborative
Springboard Collaborative combines targeted student instruction with parent training in an incentivized system that closes the literacy gap.

SquashSmarts combines the sport of squash with academic tutoring and mentoring for under-served, urban youth in order to develop academic and athletic achievement.


Starfinder's soccer, educational, and personal development programs inspire young people from underserved communities to achieve success both on and off the field.

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

STEM City Phil

STEMCityPhil is a civic campaign to build collective public will for excellent STEM education and opportunities, ensuring that all Philadelphians can participate in the economy of today and tomorrow. 

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

Step Up to STEM
Girard’s “Step up to STEM” uses proven, nationally recognized curriculum components to provide strong STEM education for Girard’s population of at-risk youth. “Step up” is an ongoing initiative launched in 2011-12.Girard College is a Grade 1-12 college prep academy, providing full-scholarship, residential education to academically capable students from vulnerable neighborhoods.

Student Leadership Consultant (SLC)
SLC's objective is to build a school-wide culture that fosters intrinsic motivation to achieve in all students, setting students up for success in high school, college, and beyond. To accomplish this goal, an SLC spends 30 hours per week at each partner school, working with school leadership, influential students, and teachers.

Students Run Philly Style
Students Run Philly Style transforms students’ lives through running and mentorship. They pair volunteer running leaders with teams of students to inspire them to push themselves further than they ever imagined.

Summer Search
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.


Teachers Lead Philly
Teachers Lead Philly facilitates research and discussion about effective professional collaboration.

Tech Impact
Tech Impact (formerly NPower PA) provides hands-on technology support to nonprofits via implementation and support of an organization’s entire technology infrastructure, either in the cloud or on-premise. They are the nonprofit behind as well as ITWorks,which is a 16 week training program to help young urban adults (18-24) move into an IT career.

To Our Children's Future With Health.
To Our Children’s Future With Health (TOCFWH) is a community based non-profit agency serving over 1500 youth, adults, and families in West and North Philadelphia and Harlem, New York since 1992. 

Triple Threat Foundation
Triple Threat Foundation is committed to serving youth in and around the Philadelphia area in education, basketball/athletics, and life.



United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
The mission of United Communities is to work in partnership with the various communities for social and economic justice and to foster harmony for building self-sustaining communities through advocacy, economic programs, social programs, and educational opportunities.

United States Dream Academy
The U.S. Dream Academy is a national after-school enrichment program that provides homework assistance, character building, healthy eating education, healthy snacks, the use of technology, and mentoring to children of incarcerated parents and children falling behind in school. U.S. Dream Academy has sites nationwide including Philadelphia.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
The United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) seeks to engage communities and provide tools, services, and expertise that can enable individuals and families to become stronger and more independent.

The University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia
The UCCP prepares and supports youth and young adults to become confident, effective leaders and collaborates with organizations to create cultures that value and integrate the contributions of youth, thereby building stronger communities. Also, you can subscribe to UCCP's e-newsletter, Partners for Change.

University of Pennsylvania: Office of Equity and Access Programs
The Office of Equity and Access provides professional guidance to scholars of all ages and backgrounds through an extensive array of services and programs.

Urban Blazers
Urban Blazers serves young people from Philadelphia’s most under-resourced communities through programs consisting of experiential education that are typically delivered through outdoor activities that serve as hands-on learning environments.

The Urban League of Philadelphia
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.


West Philadelphia Alliance for Children
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.

WHYY Afterschool: Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons
WHYY Afterschool, also known as the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons, offers free hands-on training in documentary production, studio production, and radio production for teens, grades 10-12. Also, WHYY Young Journalists Summer Camp and WHYY Film Academy are intensive summer production experiences for area teens. The after-school programs are free. Scholarships are available for summer camps.

Wooden Boat Factory
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.

WorkReady Philadelphia 
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.

Work to Ride
Work to Ride (WTR) is a community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth though constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports, and education.



YESPhilly is a place for young 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.

The YMCA is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA offers a wide range of sports programs and camps for children and teens. For adults and seniors, the Y has personal training, a variety of group exercise classes, wellness orientations, and free babysitting services.

Youth Action
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 Emergency Service (YES)
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.

Youth Mentoring Partnership (YMP)
Youth Mentoring Partnership (YMP) programs help youth master goal setting skills, build mental toughness, and forge character through intense physical fitness and sports.




Zhang Sah
Zhang Sah provides innovative programming that combines education, positive youth development, martial arts, and fitness to help individuals become both physically and mentally progressive and to perfect their character.