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Youth Education for Tomorrow

The Youth Education for Tomorrow Center (YET Center) is a after school and summer literacy initiative funded by Public Private Ventures of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia.  The CISP YET Center has been housed at the William Dick Elementary School located at 2498 West Diamond Street  since 2007.  The YET model is based on research and best practices in balanced literacy and seeks to strengthen the efforts of community based organizations to help children learn to read.  The services provided by the Dick YET Center are consistent with No Child Left Behind’s essential components for literacy instruction.  


The Dick YET Center operates 90 minutes per day Monday through Thursday from 3:09 p.m. to 4:39 p.m. from October to May and serves 25 students in second and third grades that have been targeted by the School District of Philadelphia as in need of literacy skills supports .  The Center follows a daily schedule of activities assuring a balanced literacy program comprised of independent reading, teacher reading, oral language, vocabulary and comprehension activities, writing and reading games.  Staffing includes a YET Center Director, certified instructor or lead teacher, assistant teacher, and a trained literacy volunteer.  Additionally, a Family Community Coordinator services the center by tracking attendance and connecting families to city services.


In 2007-2008 the center’s participants showed encouraging results on the Rigby Reads evaluation.  Students who began the year below basic improved and average of .88 points over the baseline.

To learn more about any of our programs, please call 267.386.4600 or