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The Pew Charitable Trusts Announces $9 Million In Support Of Philadelphia Area Children, Youth And Families

  • March 20, 2007

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The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it will provide $9 million over the next three years to 48 Philadelphia area nonprofit organizations serving disadvantaged children, youth and families.  Chosen through a competitive application process, these agencies have a deep understanding of the needs of children and families, draw upon well-researched approaches and have strong track records for demonstrating results. 

"We are pleased to be able to help these organizations carry out their vital work with young people, one of Philadelphia's most vulnerable groups, and we applaud their excellence and effectiveness in doing so," said Frazierita D. Klasen, deputy director, Local Programs, Health and Human Services at The Pew Charitable Trusts.  "We share with them a deep commitment to improving the lives and futures of our youth and their families."

These grants will support programs through March 2010 and reflect four priorities of the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia.  The Trusts' support is intended to:

  • help improve the quality of local child care and early education programs;
  • offer prevention and early intervention services for children displaying early signs of social and emotional problems;
  • help parents and caregivers of children with mental health problems to find appropriate services for their child; and
  • increase opportunities for disadvantaged youth to achieve academically and make useful contributions to their communities. 

The Pew Fund provides funding for three primary groups of at-risk populations: vulnerable adults who live on society's margins; the isolated and frail elderly; and disadvantaged children, youth and their families. Last March, the Pew Fund made awards totaling $4.2 million in support of services to the elderly. Next March, it will announce grants for programs for vulnerable adults. Since the Pew Fund's inception in 1991, it has awarded approximately $155 million to support health and human service organizations in the region.

The 2007 Pew Fund children, youth and family grantees are:
 
Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education
Philadelphia, PA
$195,000 over three years
For support of the After-School Tennis and Tutoring program for elementary and middle school youth in Philadelphia.

The Attic Youth Center
Philadelphia, PA
$195,000 over three years
For support of leadership development activities for lesbian and gay youth.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
$195,000 over three years
For support of the Community-Based Mentoring program to provide adult mentors for at-risk children and youth.

The Big Picture Alliance
Philadelphia, PA
$135,000 over three years
For continued support of filmmaking workshops for at-risk teens.

Chester County Futures
Exton, PA
$145,000 over three years
To support academic enrichment and mentoring services for high school students in Chester County.

Chester Education Foundation
Chester, PA
$160,000 over three years
For continued support to provide after-school tutoring, life skills and career exploration opportunities to Chester Upland School District students.

The Children's Hospital Foundation
Philadelphia, PA
$300,000 over three years
To provide behavioral health screening, counseling and referrals for young children receiving primary care services in West and South Philadelphia.

Children's Literacy Initiative
Philadelphia, PA
$150,000 over three years
For support of the Blueprint for Early Literacy Project to improve the quality of literacy instruction in Head Start centers in Philadelphia.

Children's Village
Philadelphia, PA
$120,000 over three years
For continued support to provide developmental assessments, referrals and follow-up for young children.

CORA Services
Philadelphia, PA
$225,000 over three years
For support of an after-school program at the Thurgood Marshall school in North Philadelphia.

Dawn Staley Foundation
Philadelphia, PA
$120,000 over three years
For continued support to provide an after-school program in North Philadelphia for at-risk girls.

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children
Philadelphia, PA
$235,000 over three years
For support of the Child Care Mentoring and Accreditation Project to improve the quality of home-based child care.

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
$225,000 over three years
For support of the Grow Clinic to provide behavioral health services to children who suffer from malnutrition.

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
$180,000 over three years
For support of the Primary Care Behavioral Health Program of Eleventh Street Family Health Services.

Elwyn, Inc.
Elwyn, PA
$220,000 over three years
For support of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies Preschool Coalition to improve the social-emotional development of children in Head Start Programs in Philadelphia.

ESF Dream Camp Foundation
Bryn Mawr, PA
$120,000 over three years
For operating support of year-round educational and recreational activities for low-income children in Philadelphia.

Family and Community Service of Delaware County
Media, PA
$204,000 over three years
For continued support of the Overcoming Barriers to Opportunity program to provide services to children at risk of school failure and their families in the Chester Upland School District.

Family Services of Montgomery County, PA
Eagleville, PA
$172,000 over three years
For continued support of the Families and Schools Together project to provide services for at-risk elementary and middle school children in Norristown.

First United Methodist Church of Germantown
Philadelphia, PA
$150,000 over three years
For continued support of an after-school program for students from Germantown High School.

Jewish Employment and Vocational Service
Philadelphia, PA
$240,000 over three years
For support of its Family Program to improve family relationships and reduce the likelihood of problem behaviors in children of substance-addicted parents.

Juvenile Law Center of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
$180,000 over three years
For continued support to improve access to behavioral health services for children and adolescents involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Lutheran Children and Family Service of Eastern Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
$131,000 over three years
For continued support to improve the utilization of behavioral health services by refugee and immigrant children and families.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium
West Chester, PA
$195,000 over three years
For support of depression screenings, referrals to community resources, and health and parenting education for low-income pregnant women in Chester County.

Maternity Care Coalition
Philadelphia, PA
$250,000 over three years
To provide perinatal depression screening and prevention education to low-income women.
Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
$195,000 over three years
For support of the Parent Empowerment for Advocacy through Knowledge program in Montgomery County, to assist parents and other caregivers of children with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Neighborhood Interfaith Movement
Philadelphia, PA
$180,000 over three years
For continued support of Child Development Associate training for child care providers in Northeast Philadelphia.

Norris Square Neighborhood Project 
Philadelphia, PA
$105,000 over three years
For operating support to provide services for children and youth in the Norris Square community.

Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth
Philadelphia, PA
$270,000 over three years
To expand its Child Health Watch Helpline to assist families in the region to secure available behavioral health services for their children.

Philadelphia Futures for Youth
Philadelphia, PA
$262,000 over three years
For continued support of the Sponsor-A-Scholar program for at-risk high school students in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Mural Arts Advocates
Philadelphia, PA
$225,000 over three years
For continued support of the Big Picture project, an arts education program offered after school and in the summer.

Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility
Philadelphia, PA
$120,000 over three years
For support of the Peaceful Posse program to prevent violent behavior in middle school youth in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Society for Services to Children
Philadelphia, PA
$180,000 over three years
For continued support of the Families and Schools Together program to provide services for at-risk elementary school children in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Youth Network
Philadelphia, PA
$175,000 over three years
For support of community service opportunities for youth who are out of school and those who have been involved in the juvenile justice system.

Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
$360,000 over three years
For continued support of Youth First, a comprehensive sexuality education and youth development program.

Project Forward Leap Foundation
Philadelphia, PA
$240,000 over three years
To provide educational enrichment and support to low-income middle school and high school students in Chester and Philadelphia.

Reading Terminal Farmer's Market Trust
Philadelphia, PA
$140,000 over three years
For support of the Snack Smart Street Soldiers project to provide nutrition education services to children in three low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Resources for Human Development
Philadelphia, PA
$75,000 over three years
For support of the Achievement Project to help Chester youth succeed in high school and pursue post-secondary education.

Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA
$225,000 over three years
For support of the Rosemont Initiative for Success through Education program to help girls in Philadelphia public high schools attend four-year colleges.

Special People in Northeast
Philadelphia, PA
$206,000 over three years
For support of early intervention and behavioral health services for young children and their families.

Summerbridge of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
$135,000 over three years
For support of an academic enrichment program for young people in Olney and North Philadelphia.

Support Center for Child Advocates
Philadelphia, PA
$225,000 over three years
For support of its Outcomes in Behavioral Health Project, to increase access to needed services for abused and neglected children.

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
$225,000 over three years
For support of the Partnership Prevention Project to prevent behavioral and emotional problems in young children in North Philadelphia.

Trevor's Campaign, Inc.
Newtown Square, PA
$160,000 over three years
For continued support of the Discover program for homeless and formerly homeless children in North Philadelphia.

Village of Arts and Humanities, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
$150,000 over three years
For support of the Learning Through the Arts Program for young people in North Philadelphia.

Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
Philadelphia, PA
$105,000 over three years
For support of the Bridging Cultures program, which provides assistance to immigrant students at South Philadelphia High School.

West Philadelphia Community Mental Health Consortium, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
$150,000 over three years
For support of Across Ages to provide mentoring to at-risk middle school youth.

White-Williams Foundation
Philadelphia, PA
$190,000 over three years
For support of the College Connection program for disadvantaged youth in Philadelphia.

YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity
Philadelphia, PA
$260,000 over three years
For continued support of the Family Child Care Network to improve the quality of family child care.

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