The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.


Focus Area

Mighty Writers

Mighty Writers builds welcoming and fun youth writing centers in challenged neighborhoods, offering year-round programs including an afterschool Mighty Academy, themed writing workshops, mentorships and a College Readiness Initiative. Mighty Writers continues to expand and strengthen middle school programming at four community sites through staff and volunteer training focused on the unique needs of middle school students, with special focus on the transition to high school.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$140,000 / 24 months

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


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 Wooden Boat Factory

Support for a maritime after-school program for middle school students that fosters social-emotional and resiliency skills.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$120,000 / 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

$250,000 / 1 year

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