Recruitment Partners

E3 Power Centers


The E3 Center model is a neighborhood-based, holistic approach to preparing out-of-school youth and youth returning from juvenile placement – aged 16-21 – to achieve long-term educational, career and personal goals.  Philadelphia’s E3 Centers are designed to provide supports along three interrelated pathways: Education, Employment, and Empowerment, the three E’s. The educational pathway provides a broad array of educational services that support youth at varying academic levels, including: low-literacy supports; GED-prep classes; and post-secondary access and planning. The employment pathway provides intensive work-readiness programming that prepares participants for unsubsidized employment.  Preparatory services include job-readiness training, subsidized internships, community-service and service-learning opportunities, as well as job search assistance. Using positive youth development principles as the cornerstone, Empowerment services support the development of life skills that help youth promote and sustain productive and healthy choices.  Initially established as part of the federal Youth Opportunity Grant initiative in 2000, Philadelphia’s E3 Center model has expanded from the original three sites to four community-based locations.  Today, this network of community-based centers provides a wide variety of high-quality education and training programs serving more than 800 youth annually.

Support and funding for the E3 Centers initiative is provided through the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Youth Development Fund. The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) serves as the managing partner of the initiative on behalf of the Philadelphia Council for College and Career Success, a committee of the Philadelphia Works board, and contracts with youth-serving organizations to operate the five Centers throughout the city. Collectively, the Centers offer services for over 1,000 youth annually, more than 300 of whom, on average, are formally adjudicated youth.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

youthBuildPhila-CharterYouthBuild is a transformational education and job training program for young people between 18 and 21 who have previously dropped out of high school.  All 215 of the young people enrolled in the YouthBuild program each year spend half of their time on an academic rotation working toward their competency-based high school diploma, and the other half engaged in meaningful community service as AmeriCorps members where they learn real world work skills that culminate in an industry-recognized credential in healthcare, construction or technology.

El Centro de Estudiantes Big Picture School

Big Picture Philadelphia is an independent non-profit that grew out of the national organization: Big Picture Learning. We came to Philadelphia in 2008 to spearhead innovative public high school reform through the implementation of the internationally recognized BIG PICTURE model.

Our philosophy revolves around offering youth an education that is centered around their passions and interests. In general, our model is very practical and relevant to the skills and career aspirations of our students. We believe in a small classroom size, learning outside of the classroom – through internships and service learning- and the cultivation of strong, long-lasting relationships among peers and their teachers (for example, the BIG PICTURE model recommends that the same cohort of youth remain together throughout High School with the same teacher for all four years).

In response to the dire drop-out statistics in Philadelphia as well as the overwhelming lack of success within Philadelphia’s alternative schools, Big Picture Philadelphia decided to have a lead role in running a school targeting previous drop-out and under-credited students. In 2009, BPP acquired a contract with the School District of Philadelphia to open El Centro de Estudiantes, an alternative school. Over the last three years, El Centro has enrolled an average of 150 students a year. Overall, we have found that our model of student-centered learning is very effective with the student body at El Centro. All of our students participate in real world learning opportunities (internships in their field of interest). Students gain motivation, parents/guardians are actively involved in their children’s education and hundreds of partners throughout the city have joined us to provide real world opportunities and mentorship.

C.B. Community School

Welcome to The C.B. Community School, Philadelphia, family!  Thank you for joining us.  At The C.B. Community School, Philadelphia, we are centered on our values of being caring, confident, competent, citizens, and our ultimate goal for you is to become a self-sufficient adult that can have the life you want after graduation.

You will find a community of supportive adults who are ready to help you on your journey towards graduation and your life after graduation.  Real learning is hard work.  The C.B. Community School may not be like any school you have been to before.  That is a good thing!  We have small classes where teachers will give you the attention you need, and we provide options to accelerate your learning on your path towards graduation.  We also help you pick a pathway for life after high school.

We have a full time Nurse; individual and group therapy at our school; a high school counselor for helping you to find what your want to do after high school;  a student run business with real paying jobs; mentoring opportunities; and a whole lot of other ways to stay engaged, positive and happy.


YESPhilly is a place where youth who’ve dropped out of school can finish their high school education, discover their talents and dreams, and start college or careers.

YESPhilly operates an Accelerated High School.  Our classes are small and are designed to give students the coursework they need to earn high school diplomas, while they engage students interest, give them opportunities to learn by doing, and develop their creativity.  The after-school opportunities to develop their 21st century skills through activities that link media arts, business, and social action. We are a one-stop shop for out-of-school youth looking to correct their life trajectory and secure a better future for themselves and their families.

Summer Search

Summer Search was built on the idea that all young people should have the chance to rise to life’s full promise, regardless of their circumstances.

Since 1990, our one-of-a-kind program has helped low-income students across the country rise to their potential and become beacons of change in their communities.

It isn’t quick – the journey begins in their sophomore year of high school and continues to and beyond college graduation. And it isn’t easy – it takes a big investment of time, money and, most importantly, love.

Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE)

RISEThe Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-offenders (RISE) utilizes direct service and partnerships with other agencies to successfully reintegrate the formerly incarcerated back into their communities.  RISE recognizes that those that receive the skills, training and education necessary to compete in the formal economy are far less likely to participate in criminal activity.  RISE aims to improve public safety while also assisting the formerly incarcerated in becoming responsible and productive Philadelphians by addressing barriers that impede their chances for success.

Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP)

yvrpYVRP is a multi-agency effort led by the Philadelphia Office of Public Safety working in coordination with the District Attorney’s Office, the Courts, Adult and Juvenile Probation, and the Philadelphia Police Department.  YVRP reduces violence committed by and against people aged 14-24 years through intensive support and surveillance of young people at greatest risk of killing or being killed.  In addition to keeping young people alive and preventing them from committing or being victimized by violence, YVRP assists them in becoming responsible, productive citizens by providing positive supports such as drug treatment, job training, mentoring and educational assistance coordinated through a team of Street Workers employed by the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network (PAAN).


mentorMENTOR is a court-based program, coordinated by Judge Michael Erdos and Judge Lisa Rau, that matches individuals serving county sentences with volunteer mentors. Over the course of the 12-18 month program term, mentors provide emotional support and encouragement to their participants, as well as practical assistance to overcome some of the traditional barriers to successful reentry. MENTOR also empowers its participants to take advantage of additional resources provided through a network of community-based partner organizations

When a participant successfully completes the MENTOR Program, he or she will receive a substantial reduction in the remaining term of court supervision. This is a carrot, not a stick. In addition, it is expected that participation in MENTOR will result in healthier communities and families, and a decrease in the various human and financial costs associated with crime, prosecution, and incarceration.

Philadelphia Housing Authority

The Philadelphia Housing Authority, also known as PHA, is the biggest landlord in Pennsylvania. PHA develops, acquires, leases and operates affordable housing for city residents with limited incomes. PHA’s funding comes primarily from the federal government. PHA also works in partnership with the city and state governments as well as private investors. Although PHA is a public agency, it operates in many ways like a private property management company. PHA employs the best practices of the private real estate industry.

PHA was established in 1937 and is the nation’s fourth largest housing authority. PHA houses nearly 80,000 people in the City of Philadelphia and employs 1,400 people to deliver services to its clients. PHA’s budget totals approximately $400 million.

Achieving Independence Center (AIC)

AchievingIndependenceThe Achieving Independence Center (AIC), managed by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS), serves approximately 500 youth per year and is a “one-stop shop” designed to help youth aged 14 to 21 transitioning from dependent care to self-sufficiency.  AIC youth work with Life Coaches to create customized service plans to help achieve goals related to completing high school or obtaining a GED, enrolling in college/vocational training, employment/career planning, housing, connections/relationship-building, and personal development.

Episcopal Community Services

ecsEpiscopal Community Services has served people in need for over 140 years. The programs have changed with the times, but the legacy of caring and competence forged in the age of orphanages and tuberculosis lives on in our response to today’s challenges.

As a mid-sized social service agency, ECS is able to leverage resources efficiently while still providing a personal level of service. Nobody is just a name or a file at ECS and that makes a huge difference to the people we serve, some of whom have been shuffled through “the system” throughout their lives.

NorthEast Treatment Centers

NorthEast Treatment Centers (NET), a non-profit, licensed and accredited organization, offers a range of behavioral health and social services to adults, adolescents, children and families in the Greater Philadelphia region, the Lehigh Valley and the state of Delaware. From foster care and school therapeutic services to residential and outpatient programs for addiction recovery, our services are comprehensive, quality-driven, cost-effective and delivered by a staff that’s committed to doing its best for their consumers.