The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.

 


Project
Focus Area
Type/Funding

Jobs For the Future, Inc

Support for work to organize educational system with employment opportunities

Career Pathways

$500,000 / 3years

KIPP

KIPP Philadelphia Schools’ mission is to develop the character, knowledge and skills of its students so that they will succeed in college. In addition to supporting strong academics, KIPP encourages students’ growth and achievement through enrichment activities, ongoing character education, support for the transition to high school and exposure to the world around us. This is made possible by extending the school day, as well as adding Saturday school and three weeks of school in August.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$150,000 / 2 years

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education prepares young people for success as active, responsible citizens through innovative tennis, educational support, life skills and leadership development programming. Changing the Game, Legacy’s afterschool program offered at various community sites, is designed to positively impact participants’ health, wellness and fitness; non-cognitive skills such as grit, resiliency, consciousness and self-control; and educational success.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$135,000 / 24months

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

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

$300,000 / 2 years

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

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