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23rd outreach

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Population/Demographics/People to Be Served

  This program will serve residents, primarily youth, aged 5-21. Many participants attend local schools, including James R. Ludlow School and William McKinley Elementary School, both part of the School District of Philadelphia. Participants come from the following zip codes: 19116, 19111, 19134, 19132, 19133, 19122 and 19124. These areas include the following neighborhoods (as classified by the 2019 Department of Health “The Health of Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods” Report: Torresdale South/Pennypack, Mayfair/Holmesburg, Upper Kensington, Strawberry Mansion, Northern Liberties/West Kensington, Poplar/Temple and Juniata Park/Harrowgate. According to the report, which ranks neighborhoods using both health outcomes such as length of life and quality of life, as well as health factors, including behaviors, clinical care, social/economic factors and physical environment, these neighborhoods have the following rankings, respectively: 15th, 19th, 46th (last), 44th, 26th, 33rd and 32nd.


Target Area

This program will serve the 19133 and 19122 zip codes; an area of North Philadelphia known colloquially as Beirut and Badlands.

  As per the 2019 City of Philadelphia Health Department, the 19133 zip code (Northern Liberties/West Kensington) with a populations of 28,983, median age of 31.2 and median household income of $47,579 experience a shorter life expectancy for both men and women than the Philadelphia average, as well as worse physical and mental health, more cases of high cholesterol and a higher rate of diabetes. Residents in this area smoke at a higher rate, are more likely to be obese, are less physically active, binge drink more than the Philadelphia average. The overdose death rate (72.9/100,000 people) is much higher than the Philadelphia average (44.8/100,000 people). Additionality more residents in this area are uninsured, they have fewer routine medical checkups. Last, the unemployment rate is 2% higher in this area, and more children live in poverty. There are higher rates for violent crime (129.4) per 100,000 people and homicides (3.1) than the Philadelphia averages (95.7 and 1.7, respectively).


  The 19122 zip code, qualified as Poplar/Temple by the 2019 report, has a population of 22,638, a median age of 30.2 and a median household income of $19,968. Life expectancy for both men (69.4) and women (72.) is lower than Philadelphia average. Residents experience higher rates of poor physical and mental health. There are more residents with asthma, hypertension, diabetes, and those experiencing a stroke. Residents here are more likely to smoke and are more likely to be obese. Fewer residents are insured, and they have less routine medical checkups and preventative services. In this area, reading proficiency in children (K-2) is lower, fewer have completed some college, the unemployment rate is higher, and more children live in poverty. Finally, the violent crime rate (126.8/100,000) and homicide rate (1.8) is higher than city averages (95.7 and 1.7, respectively).


Program Description/Narrative

  Our sports programs include a boxing program, ran by Mr. C. Smith an Olympic Certified Boxing Coach,  is designed to positively stimulate the minds of youth, while teaching discipline, teamwork, leadership, and a sense of direction. Boxing skills and training will help teach each participant to think before reacting which helps reduce violence in our community. Our basketball program is available to youth aged 10-21 and includes a boot camp.


  We are committed to work with, engage and inspire youth to maximize their potential to become productive citizens. Goals include:

  • Teach leadership skills

  • Define leadership

  • Explain the value of leadership

  • Leverage leadership to create better neighborhoods and foster community relationships


  Our program will foster positive experiences for marginalized youth, preparing them for employment, teaching conflict resolution,

teaching stress reduction techniques and reducing violence in the community. We strive to provide:

  • A safe haven for youth in need

  • An opportunity to engage with others

  • Empathy training

  • Socialization skills

  • Educational and creative learning experiences

  • Employment preparedness

  • A positive, fun outlet


Description of Educational, development or
motivational benefits

The program will provide leadership skills for youth that will aid in building employment skills, mentorship, and internships. The program will emphasize introduction of nontraditional jobs for various demographics, teaching customer service skills, leadership, management skills. We will also identify career paths and connect participants with employment opportunity. Additionally, the program will reduce bullying, focus on healthy eating, exercise and fitness training.



Participant Population

This program is available to all Philadelphians, however, a majority of program participants reside in the following zip codes: 19116, 19111, 19134, 19132, 19133, 19122 and 19124.

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