The following list represents our currently funded initiatives.

 


Project
Focus Area
Type/Funding

Spark

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

$220,000 / 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

$400,000 / 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

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

$145,000 / 2 years

Taller Puertorrequeno

Taller Puertorrequeno offers cultural services to children, youth, and their families. Taller works to transform students into effective and successful community members. The Cultural Exploration Program (CEP) serves up to 50 students, providing homework help and introducing students to local artists, performers and educators.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$40,000 / 1 year

TechGirlz

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

$45,000 / 1 year

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ

The Pre-K for PA Campaign works to improve the school readiness of at-risk three- and four-year-olds statewide. The campaign seeks to increase the number of publicly funded, high-quality, pre-K opportunities toward the goal of universal pre-kindergarten.

Early Learning

$200,000 / 2 years

University City District

University City District’s primary mission is community revitalization. Working within a place-based, data-driven framework to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, bring life to commercial corridors, connect low-income residents to careers, and promote job growth and innovation. (UCD) will expand the number of underserved residents training in core employment pipelines. Create new employment opportunities through business ventures fueled by the purchasing power of institutional partners; the first such social enterprise is a nascent landscaping firm, Green City Works.

Career Pathways

$400,000 / 2 years

University City Science Center

University City Science Center is a dynamic hub for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to business incubation, the Science Center offers entrepreneurial support and youth education programs that leverage the rich resources available on our campus. Through First Hand, our STEM initiatives, the Science Center cultivates interest and appreciation for STEM disciplines among youth and aims to diversify STEM career pipelines by exposing students to career options in the field.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$200,000 / 28 months

WHYY / Public Media Commons

WHYY will provide an after-school video production program that focuses on self-directed video experience as well as self expression.

Middle School Out-of-School Time Programs

$150,000 / 2 years

1 4 5 6 7

Photo: YouthBuild Philadelphia