Since 1992, YouthBuild Philadelphia has helped former high school dropouts reclaim their education and build a brighter future for themselves through education, job training and service.
Our program has grown over the past two decades – from existing inside a single classroom to being one of the largest YouthBuild programs in the US – but we remain true to our core mission and purpose: helping motivated young people succeed.
Approximately 100 YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School students graduated on Aug. 25 during a ceremony held at Zion Baptist Church, 3600 N. Broad St.
The graduates, once high school dropouts, reclaimed their education by returning to school at YouthBuild and learning through rigorous academics, hands-on vocational training and community service.
Excerpt taken from Philadelphia Tribune Article: YouthBuild Philly Charter Students Graduate
Through a partnership between YouthBuild Philadelphia and Saint-Gobain North America, a Malvern-based company that manufactures high-performance building materials, students worked with local contractor Eureka Metal & Glass Services to install a new glass technology called SageGlass into their classroom.
Excerpt taken from Generocity Article: How a Corporate Partner is Helping YouthBuild Philly Students become ‘Green Leaders’ in Construction
WHYY DOES SOOOO MUCH FOR PHILADELPHIA, IT’S COMMUNITIES AND IT’S COUNTRY.
LIVECAREPHILLY EMPHATICALLY ADORES, PRAISES AND RESPECTS THIS INDELIBLE INSTITUTION WHICH HAS IMPACTED SO MANY LIVES IN SO MANY WAYS.
THANK YOU WHYY, SINCERELY.
This tiny blub does not even begin to represent what they do, have done and are growing to do. Please take time to understand what they offer you by going to their website and seeing for yourself.
WHYY is the leading public media organization in the Philadelphia Region, including Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond. You can access us on television, radio, in the community and right here online.
We are deeply committed to the needs of young people. In fact, many people’s first experience with WHYY is watching our award-winning PBS Kids television programs as a child. We also offer multimedia instruction in our studios and at 28+ local schools. However, our children’s service is just the tip of the iceberg.
We produce more than a dozen local programs, such as Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Friday Arts and Radio Times. We offer a robust regional news service supported by a newsroom more than 50 people strong. We are also your local PBS and NPR station, bringing you long-time favorite programs, such as Antiques Roadshow, Morning Edition and more.
We bring together people in the community for more than 50 events each year. From critical conversations about civic issues with experts to “meet and greets” with big personalities, keep an eye on our events calendar for things to do all year round.
One of the things that makes us who we are is that we are Member-supported and a not-for-profit organization. Support from people in our community makes up about 50% of our operating budget, with additional support from leadership gifts, corporate underwriting and grants from foundations. This special funding formula allows us the creative freedom to create high-quality programs and services not possible anywhere else.
About Our Education Department
WHYY is renowned for the educational kids programs it broadcasts on TV, but when it comes to supporting kids as they grow up, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. WHYY’s education initiatives support children and the parents, teachers, and other adults who care for them. We offer free lesson plans, hands-on media arts training at WHYY’s Philadelphia Studios and more. Our signature program, WHYY Media Labs, is a partnership with more than 28 schools across Philadelphia that brings equipment and instruction to thousands of students each year.
The Bridge is a nonprofit behavioral health treatment and youth opportunity program for adolescents and their families seeking to overcome substance abuse, mental health issues, truancy and other challenges. The Bridge includes a comprehensive continuum of services, accredited by the Joint Commission.
Residential Treatment Program
The Bridge provides up to 27 adolescent males and females with a residential treatment program that addresses substance abuse disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse problems. Our Hands-On Learning Initiatives give clients the opportunity to explore career options through local businesses and technical schools. Training programs include carpentry, plumbing, video production, automotive repair and much more. Our residential treatment program incorporates an on-site school as well as weekly counseling sessions that include individual and group therapy. As part of their treatment, boys at The Bridge attend weekly therapy sessions with their families.
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Health & psychiatric services
- Behavior modification
- Anger management/conflict resolution
- Animal assisted therapy
- After-case case management
- Family psych-education
- Family nights
- Outpatient counseling
Educational and Skills Building
- On-site licensed private school with certified teachers
- College preparation and enrollment services
- Computer classes
- Art and music classes
- Health and nutrition education
- Life skills classes
- Balanced and Restorative Justice victim awareness curriculum
- Gardening club
- Dive training
Hands-on Learning Initiatives
- Job readiness instruction and résumé writing
- Carpentry, electrical plumbing classes
- Culinary classes
- Engine building classes
- Music and video production
- Paid work experience
- Restitution payment assistance
- Vocational Training