The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.


Focus Area

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 Young Playwrights

Philadelphia Young Playwrights taps the potential of youth and inspires learning through playwriting. Young Playwrights’ out-of-school time programs for middle school students extend learning from in-class activities and include various opportunities, including the Saturday Reading Series, where students work with a mentor to revise their scripts for production and public performance; the Young Voices Middle School Monologue Festival; and Saturday Playwriting Retreats, where students work with a team of teaching artists and actors to further develop scripts in a collaborative setting.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$100,000 / 14 months

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

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

$175,000 / 1 year

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

Salvation Army

Salvation Army worship and community centers in Philadelphia offer recreational activities, educational and enrichment opportunities, and religious and character-building programs that can include Sunday school, youth troops, music classes, athletics, computer and homework labs, arts and crafts, camping and more. Middle school programs provide academic instruction and project-based learning, interactive STEM education, college and career awareness, music, filmmaking and life skills.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$50,000 / 15 months

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


Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) supports immigrants, refugees, and their families as they seek access to opportunities, which advance their lives. The Hip Hop Heritage program engages youth by teaching them Break Dancing, Deejaying, Graffiti Arts and MC’ing.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$35,000 / 1 year

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