The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.

 


Project
Focus Area
Type/Funding

Musicopia

Musicopia’s professional musician-instructors and ensembles immerse students in experiencing, studying, and performing music from cultures around the globe. Out-of-school time initiatives that engage middle school students include the Musicopia String Orchestra and the Musicopia Percussion Ensembles, as well as Dancing Classrooms Philly, an affiliate that offers ballroom dancing training as a vehicle for building character and social skills.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$140,000 / 2 years

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

Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine is committed to remain a world-leading institution in three equally valued and inter-related missions of patient care, education and research. The Penn Medicine High School Program is two-fold: 1) create a pipeline of future employees for the University of Pennsylvania Health System; and 2) deliver on the commitment to West Philadelphia to expose youth to careers in the healthcare industry. The Program is designed to serve a cohort of 11th and 12th grade students for a period of two years with the goal of earning a high school credential, exposure to various careers within the health care industry and upon successful completion earning full-time employment with Penn Health System or transitioning into a post-secondary option.

Career Pathways

$150,000 / 1 year

Philadelphia Academies

Program support for Roxborough and Lincoln High Schools and implementation of career academy model.

Career Pathways

$200,000 / 1 year

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts celebrates and preserves the legacy of jazz through education as well as a jazz performance venue. The Clef Club’s Music Education programs bring together a unique intergenerational community that provides rich opportunities for mentoring aspiring young musicians, instrumental instruction on-site and in area schools, formal and informal musical participation experiences and opportunities for youth to work side-by-side with leading and emerging jazz musicians.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$80,000 / 2 years

Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Inc.

Philadelphia Youth Basketball provides positive coaching and mentorship, academic support, leadership development and family engagement for eighty middle school children in North Philadelphia.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$275,000 / 2 years

Philadelphia Youth Network

Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) aligns systems and leverages resources to improve workforce outcomes for youth. Exceed 18k will build upon the solid foundation that has been laid by PYN, working across Philadelphia’s diverse and deeply committed network of youth workforce development partners, to expand the partnerships, program models and infrastructure needed to achieve sustainability and scale. PYN will double the number of youth served (to 18,000 annually) through youth workforce development programs in Philadelphia and create a citywide youth employment “hub” focused on a centralized point of entry for youth, employers and providers.

Career Pathways

$200,000 / 2 years

Philadelphia Youth Network: WorkReady

Sponsor students under the 2017 WorkReady Philadelphia internship program to benefit West Philadelphia.

Career Pathways

$150,000 / 1 year

Play on Philly!

Support for an intensive music instructional program for youth in low-income areas. The program builds the executive function of students during a year-round afterschool program.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$200,000 / 2 years

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

Support for career training with CTE students from Randolph school.

Career Pathways

$150,000 / 1 year

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Photo: YouthBuild Philadelphia

 

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest | 1930-2018

Philadelphia lost another civic giant this week with the passing of H.F. Gerry Lenfest, who died last Sunday at the age of 88. Reflecting on his life and legacy, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the Philadelphia of today without the incomparable leadership and largesse of Gerry Lenfest. The businessman and entrepreneur turned philanthropist extraordinaire ranks among the city’s most highly-respected and influential civic leaders, and the philanthropic path he blazed with his wife Marguerite will certainly have a profound impact on the fabric of our city for decades to come.

The Lenfests became wealthy from the sale of their cable business in 2000, and were among a new breed of donors whose mission was to give away the vast majority of their fortune during their lifetime.  In less than 20 years, the couple‘s giving has exceeded $1.3 billion. While the Lenfest’s philanthropy touched on a range of issues, Gerry is perhaps best known in Philadelphia for his financial support and leadership of some of the city’s major arts and cultural institutions, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Curtis Institute of Music, The Barnes Foundation, and the Museum of the American Revolution. His giving also made headlines recently when he purchased Philadelphia Media Network (owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and Philly.com) and donated it to a newly-created nonprofit, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the first-of-its-kind organization dedicated to developing and supporting sustainable business models for great local journalism. 

In addition to establishing The Lenfest Foundation, the couple also created a philanthropic legacy for the next generation by endowing foundations for their three children – Diane, Chase and Brook. Last year the Lenfests joined a distinguished roster of donors to be honored with the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. The award citation noted their innate modesty and hailed them for embodying the essence of generosity, altruism, and dedication to the common good.

A public celebration to honor Gerry Lenfest is being planned for the fall at the Academy of Music.

 

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