What’s the hallmark of a world-class city if not the opportunities afforded its young people? Below are four amazing Philadelphia non-profits that make it their mission to create safe spaces, offer educational opportunities, and provide children and youths in Philadelphia the chance to grow their passions and build community.
The Attic Youth Center: Serving youth since 1993, The Attic is a home away from home, a center of community, and bastion of acceptance for LGBTQ youth ages 14 through 23. The only organization of its kind in the Philadelphia region, The Attic offers counseling and support services, but it also creates opportunities for youth to learn life skills, apply to schools, and participate in arts activities, games, dances, and volunteer activities.
Neighborhood Bike Works – Philadelphia’s dense urban grid and compact downtown means that, often bicycle is the fastest, cheapest, and most fun way to get from place to place. Neighborhood Bike Works has been introducing youth to the pleasures of bike riding, and teaching them the mechanics of bike maintenance and repair through their Earn-A-Bike and Ride Club programs. Plus? They offer classes for adults, too!
Urban Blazers: So often, the goal of educational programs is to build specific skills—math, literacy, science—but what about teaching kids things like bravery, valor, and an appreciation for the natural world? With activities like rock climbing, hiking, camping, skiing, rafting, and canoeing, Urban Blazers teaches underserved kids leadership and team-building skills with hands-on adventures out of doors.
Tune Up Philly – In a time when budgets for arts education are being slashed left and right, Tune Up Philly is stepping in to make sure kids are still making music. A program of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Tune Up provides students from underserved communities intensive after school music instruction, and offers them chances to perform ambitious classical music.