Achieving Independence Center (AIC)
The AIC is a safe and communal space for teens and young adults, ages 14-21, who are currently in foster care or have been in Philadelphia foster care. Transitioning to adulthood can be overwhelming, especially for youth in foster care. AIC coaches help youth build skills for independent living and provide support to achieve education goals, such as:
- Completing high school/GED.
- Enrolling in college/vocational school.
- Improving computer literacy.
- Finding employment/career planning.
- Finding housing.
- Achieving permanency.
- Personal development.
Achieving Independence Center
1415 N. Broad St., Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19122
E3 Power Centers
The E3 Power Centers provide education, employment, and empowerment services to out-of-school youth who have not earned a high school diploma, youth returning from juvenile placement, and at-risk youth to achieve long-term educational, career, and personal goals, including self-sufficiency.
There are three E3 Centers in Philadelphia:
|Center City Branch
112 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19141
2800 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19133
(215) 763-8870, ext. 7224
operated by: Congreso de Latinos Unidos
4111 Lancaster Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Bridge, an affiliate of PHMC
Positive youth development
DHS works with several organizations to provide youth development programs for children and older youth. These services include mentoring, cultural enrichment, recreation, life skills and community service activities.
Contact any of the following organizations directly to find out more:
- Attic Youth Center
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Covenant House
- Free Library of Philadelphia (LEAP Program)
- Girls Track
- Contact: Shonda.L.Allen-Carter@phila.gov
- (215) 683-6680
- Boys Track
- Contact: Andrew.Williams@phila.gov
- (215) 683-5637
- Mazzoni Center
- Mural Arts
- PA School for the Deaf
- Temple University/Center for Intergenerational Learning (Grandma’s Kids & Family Friends)
- Teen Shop, Urban Affairs Coalition
Youth Matters: Philly
Youth Matters: Philly is a tool geared toward older youth in foster care, but anybody can use it. If you are experiencing homelessness or struggling to find housing, employment, health care, or other services in Philadelphia, Youth Matters: Philly is for you.
This app uses an interactive map to help users find and access local resources, like:
- Food banks.
- Healthcare providers.
Youth Matters: Philly was designed and built by the Juvenile Law Center and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice.
To start using it go to: youthmattersphilly.org