The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.


Focus Area

Big Picture Philadelphia

Planning grant for new high school.

Career Pathways

$150,000 / 1 year

Building 21

Building 21 designs, implements and operates innovative new career pathway high schools in partnership with school districts to meet the present needs and future goals of all learners by empowering networks of learners to connect with their potential career passions. Students begin their exploration in their first year and, as they move through high school, connect with more extensive and intensive opportunities to pursue their chosen pathways.

Career Pathways

$450,000 / 1 year

Community College of Philadelphia

Planning grant for new programming

Career Pathways

$100,000 / 1year

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Support for a planning grant to improve employment and educational services for disconnected youth, in addition to building out a supportive employment system via micro-enterprise within Congreso.

Career Pathways

$300,000 / 1 year

EducationWorks: PowerCorps PHL

On the job training for disconnected youth with the goal of preparing them for employment and/or college.

Career Pathways

$503,000 / 1 year

JEVS Health Employment Pipeline

Support to build an employment training program in partnership with Einstein Medical to prepare youth for patient representative positions.

Career Pathways

$275,500/ 2 years

JEVS Human Services

JEVS’ The Choice is Yours (TCY) program operated in partnership with the Philadelphia DA’s office, is an innovative diversion program for first-time, nonviolent felony offenders facing mandatory minimum prison sentences. TCY offers individuals a second chance at success: instead of prison, TCY participants perform reparative community service and receive job-readiness training, academic tutoring, mentoring, and job placement services.

Career Pathways

$300,000 / 2 years

Jobs For the Future, Inc

Support for work to organize educational system with employment opportunities

Career Pathways

$500,000 / 3years

Mural Arts

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest public arts initiative of its kind and a model for community development across the country and around the globe. An average of 35 participants are referred to the Guild program by Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP) and 25 are referred by the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS). Those coming from PPS receive preliminary training in the prison and are eligible to participate in the Guild for four months. Those coming from YVRP have no preliminary training and are eligible to participate in the Guild for six months. Participants receive $12 an hour for 20 hours per week, during which time they are engaged in Skill-building, Workshops, Apprenticeship on Murals and Community Improvement Projects, Work Readiness Training.

Career Pathways

$125,000 / 1 year

Opera Philadelphia

Opera is launching an industry pipeline program entitled “Workforce Readiness Program” (WRP) that will create a training program for students to access technical careers in the performing arts. This program is unique in that it is the first in the country to pair students with union employees from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

Career Pathways

$193,000 / 3.3 years

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