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YOUTHadelphia announces $85,000 In grants

Friday, June 15, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
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Members of YOUTHadelphia present a grant check to the Norris Square Neighborhood Project to support the Youth Broadcast Media Project

PHILADELPHIA, PA (6/14/2012)

YOUTHadelphia, the Youth in Philanthropy Committee of The Philadelphia Foundation's Fund for Children, today announced grants totaling $85,000 for nine projects meeting what the teen committee members determined are Philadelphia's most pressing concerns:

  • Homeless Services
  • Mentoring
  • Providing LGBTQ Support (for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth)
  • Addressing Teen Delinquency (through services to incarcerated youth or addressing gang violence, youth violence and crime.)

"The 19 teens involved learned that giving money away wisely is not easy – but it is very empowering,” said R. Andrew Swinney, president of The Philadelphia Foundation.

Among the programs supported are: development of a YouTube channel featuring positive messaging about North Philly youth, a farm stand run by teen volunteers, support groups for LGBTQ youth and for underserved Chinese immigrant youth, a program for teens involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and a program encouraging nonviolent behavior among students with minor offenses.

Receiving $10,000 grants are: 

• The Chinese Youth Organizing Project of Asian Americans United
A program for underserved Chinese immigrant youth to address problems they face daily, such as school violence, language barriers (English as second language), social oppression and limited knowledge of the college application process.

•  The YPC Youth Outreach to LGBTQ Youth!, a program of The Attic Youth Center
A school outreach program that focuses on safety in schools for LGBTQ youth and that addresses bullying, self-acceptance and HIV prevention.

•  B Seen! B Heard!, a program of GALAEI, the Gay And Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative
To develop a year-round LGBTQ youth group that will include mentoring, presentation skills, a speaker's bureau and continue the annual alternative prom for LBGTQ youth.

•  Walking the Walk: A Teen Mentoring Initiative, a program of Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia
A program that provides teenagers with the experiences, skills and resources necessary to live in a diverse world, deepen their own identities and break through walls that distance and divide them from people of other religious, cultural and economic backgrounds. 

Juveniles for Change, and Youth Fostering Change, both programs of the Juvenile Law Center
To allow youth served by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems to advocate for social change through conversations with legislators, media outreach and public education. In the process, participants develop leadership skills, political knowledge and a sense of community.

•  The Youth Broadcast Media Project, a program of Norris Square Neighborhood Project
To develop a youth-run YouTube channel that includes monthly live broadcasts and ongoing collaborative multimedia video projects with positive messaging about North Philly youth, presenting alternatives to teen delinquency.

•  College for Teens – A Step Component, a program of the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence
A program for students with minor offenses or school infractions to learn about the root causes of their behavior, nonviolent alternatives to their behavior and to develop a forum to share suggestions with law enforcement representatives on how to decrease the youth crime rate.

•  The Grumblethorpe Youth Volunteers,a program of the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks
To support the Farm Stand project designed for lower Germantown youth. By operating the stand, youth learn about small business, teamwork, accomplishing goals and advocating for oneself and others.

In addition, Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility will receive $5,000 for its Youth Court program. The program uses positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. Youth courts hear a range of low-level crimes, handling cases that would otherwise wind up in Truancy Court or result in out-of-school school suspensions.

The 19 YOUTHadelphia committee participants, a diverse cross-section of teens from 16 public and private schools, have met weekly since January to set priorities and select appropriate recipients for the grants.

The teens developed an application for the grants, held an open house at which the funding guidelines were explained to potential applicants, assessed the eligibility of the applicants to receive charitable dollars and narrowed the initial group to a set of finalists.

The students then conducted site visits during which they participated in service projects to learn more about the programs each organization offered. The final determination rested on whether the proposed project fit the initial criteria the teens had established.


YOUTHadelphia 2012 members included Kenneth Ayala, Naiomy Diaz-Pagan, Megan Hill, Sarah Krulik, Jake Lotkowski, Christy Mai, Sadiya Malcolm, Joseph Marshall, Jacoby Montague, Sadiyah Sabree, Robert Thomas, Bach Tong, Teyin Tseng, Jordan Vann, Oberon Wackwitz, Kiaria Walker, Baseerah Watson, Asia West and Rita Willard.

They represent schools including Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, CAPA (The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts), Archbishop John Carroll High School, Esperanza Academy, Frankford High School, Girard College, Agnes Irwin School, Olney Charter High School, Mastery Charter School (Pickett campus), Mathematics Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia (MCSCS), William L. Sayre High School, Science Leadership Academy, Springside School, West Catholic High School and World Communications Charter School.


Since 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. As a public charity community foundation, it manages more than 800 charitable funds, maximizing the strategic impact of charitable contributions. It invests and administers these funds and awards the distributions – about $20 million a year to nearly 1,000 area organizations – as grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit


YOUTHadelphia, the Youth in Philanthropy Committee of the Philadelphia Foundation's Fund for Children, annually distributes grants through the Fund for Children, which was established through contributions by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Phillies when they built their new stadiums. Grants are made to organizations within the city of Philadelphia serving young people. The mission of YOUTHadelphia is to build youth leadership skills by empowering teens to give back to their community.

YOUTHadelphia's grants represent 10 percent of the Fund for Children's annual distribution. The remaining 90 percent of grants from the fund are awarded through two separate processes that make strategic investments in youth-led programs and which provide immediate support for community organizations serving children and youth.