The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.


Focus Area

Philadelphia Youth Network: WorkReady

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

Career Pathways

$153,000 / 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

Providence Center

Providence Center provides educational and enrichment services to the surrounding community. The Power program will work with 25 middle school students for three hours a day, five days per week. The students will be exposed to conflict resolution, achievement motivation, personal power and cultural competence.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$35,000 / 1 year

Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

Support for career training with CTE students from Randolph school.

Career Pathways

$150,000 / 1 year

School District of Philadelphia

High-Quality K–3 Literacy Instruction in the School District includes the training of 2,000 educators in evidence-based literacy instruction to increase student reading levels.

Early Learning

$4,500,000 / 3 years


Spark partners with schools and company volunteers to expose and prepare youth for future careers. Each fall semester, students learn twenty-first-century skills through school-based workshops and practice new skills with professional volunteers while learning about a variety of career pathways. In the spring, students work with a mentor to solidify their new skills through a hands-on career discovery project related to an area of student interest.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$160,000 / 2 years

Steppingstone Scholars

Steppingstone Scholars’ Middle Grades Academy coordinates partnerships with schools, universities and other local resources to engage high-performing students in advanced math/science curricula at their neighborhood schools (Scholars Program), provide counseling and mentorship to support students in planning their high school and college trajectory, and bring in high-quality STEAM enrichment activities that expand and enhance learning of twenty-first-century skills and career trajectories.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$260,000 / 2 years

Students Run Philly Style

Students Run Philly Style transforms students’ lives through distance running and mentorship, as well as other supports. Volunteer Running Leaders go above and beyond the typical mentor model, working side-by-side with students six to ten hours each week on shared goals, such as completing the Broad Street Run or the Philadelphia Marathon. To further increase impact, Students Run is formalizing a multimedia training series for Running Leaders that fully integrates a powerful resiliency curriculum.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$150,000 / 2 years


Sunrise supports young people in staying on track for high school graduation and connecting to postsecondary education and training. Part of ongoing middle school programming, JumpStart builds twenty-first- century skills and gets youth thinking about future possibilities, while providing information and supports for maneuvering high school selection and transition. The six-week JumpStart summer bridge program works with rising ninth graders to prepare for a successful transition to high school.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$140,000 / 2 years


TechGirlz empowers middle school girls to become tomorrow’s technology leaders through free project-based workshops and an annual entrepreneurial summer camp that aims to spark a passion for tech early in girls’ lives. Programs give hands-on experience with different kinds of technology and enable girls to interact with professional women in technology fields. ​ TechGirlz is working to recruit and train more volunteer instructors and to expand the number of workshop curricula publicly available online.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$70,000 / 2 years

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