Programs

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia is focused on helping children build the best life they can by helping them overcome obstacles. Every child is unique and requires an individualized approach in order to succeed. Whether a child needs extra academic help, a mentor, a health check-up, additional food supplies, or even employment training, Communities In Schools of Philadelphia is there to make sure each child gets exactly what they need. A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for all young people.

Communities In Schools of Philadelphia has a multitude of programs throughout the state, including:

ELECT and Social Services

Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT) Teen Parent Classrooms are designed to assist pregnant and/or parenting students (females and males) in the completion of high school education and make successful transitions into self-sufficiency and parenthood. Intensive case management, parenting and child development training, health and nutrition seminars, academic and social service supports, life skills development, and home visits are provided.

Ladies of Learning: A mentoring program for parenting high school females that emphasizes college readiness.

Males Achieving Responsibility Successfully (MARS): A program that helps adolescent fathers and young men complete their high school education and transition into the workforce or post-secondary education.

Diplomas Now: An innovative school turnaround model that works with the city’s most challenged middle and high schools to deliver targeted interventions to specific students.

Out of School Time

Licensed After School Child Care Centers: The centers serve children in grades K-5 weekdays from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at two school district locations. These non-school hour programs are designed to increase safety and security; interrupt the attraction of harmful behaviors such as smoking, drinking, drug use, and sexual activity; and improve graduation rates and interest in school. The youth targeted are currently involved with or are potential Department of Human Services’ clients.

Workforce and School Support Services Alternative Education

Empowerment, Education and Employment (E3) Southwest Power Center: A program that serves youth ages 16-21 with educational services, employment readiness and placement services, and empowerment initiatives.

Performance Learning Center® (PLC) Southwest: A small, non-traditional high school geared toward students who are not succeeding in a traditional setting. The Center focuses on personal support and provides an intense academic program, anchored by an online instructional system and project-based learning.

In School Programs

Career Advancement & Retention Effort Services (CARE): Communities In Schools of Philadelphia operates CARE Services, an employment program which works with a consortium of organizations contracted to participate in the City of Philadelphia’s comprehensive approach to youth workforce development.

Workforce Development

Urban Technology Project: A program designed to empower youth and their communities through meaningful technology experiences that link youth leadership development, education, and community building, partnered with the Digital Service Fellows AmeriCorps.