We are one community. And to have a lasting impact, organizations, civic leaders, and residents must come together to develop the solutions our children need. At the Lenfest Foundation, we think the first step in collaboration is to share knowledge. We are committed to sharing valuable resources so that individuals who touch young lives can continue to learn, expand, enhance, and create a new normal.


Below are a series of articles, publications or speeches that provide some provocative information for practioners who are seeking to improve their practice.


Growing Together, Learning Together

What Cities Have Discovered About Building Afterschool Systems

This research study examines powerful impact of after-school programs and provides examples of how to strengthen programs.

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Hours of Opportunity, Volume 1

Lessons from Five Cities on Building Systems to Improve After-School, Summer School, and Other Out-of-School-Time Programs

An examination of the OST systems in five city's and discoveries of how to improve the program delivery system.

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Early Wins for Middle College

Philadelphia's First Middle College

Today, Parkway Center City has a new life as it reinvents and modernizes ideas that inspired the school’s design almost 50 years ago. The school is Philadelphia’s first middle/early college. For students who enrolled before the summer of 2017, college courses were not an option. But in 2017, incoming ninth graders applied for a special admissions program that combined high school and college by replacing some high school requirements with similar, more challenging college courses. The school is adding a new grade every year and will reach full capacity of about 600 students beginning in August of 2020.

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A Model for Urban Workforce Development

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

This report is the second in a series of Nowak Metro Finance Lab City Cases, a set of case studies that will dig deeply into institutional and financing models that have driven large-scale urban transformation. City Cases seek to provide sufficient detail to enable large-scale adaptation and adoption and, over time, contribute to a new paradigm for financing inclusive cities by demonstrating how reorganizing public, private and civic resources in novel and creative ways can reshape local economies and remake local places.

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