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Yes Philly

  • Yes Philly
  • 2709 N. Broad Street
    4th floor
  • Philadelphia, PA 19132
  • 215-769-0340
  • 2002

Program Description

YESPhilly is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency whose mission is to develop a broad base of opportunities for Philadelphia's out-of-school youth to prepare them to become successful, self-sufficient adults. Since its inception, YESPhilly has provided opportunities to over 200 high school drop-outs per year. We have developed an educational model that prepares students for college and careers by tying together personal development, media arts and technology skills, and academic instruction to meet Pennsylvania standards for high school.

YESPhilly has invested in systems-building and development of best practices specifically for this population. In 2002, we produced the "Blueprint for Out-of-School Youth" which set many of the goals carried forward by Philadelphia Youth Network's Project U-Turn, a campaign developed to specifically address out-of-school youth in Philadelphia. With the support of local agencies and foundations, we have designed new instructional models and curricula, as well as a model to utilize home visits to connect with student's families. In 2008, we began receiving funding from the William Penn Foundation to develop curricula for students working toward GED credentials. With their support, we have prepared students to pass the GED test and tackle college level academics through an enhanced instructional model that addresses the needs of low-literacy learners.

Since 2013, we have operated the YESPhilly Accelerated High School, the newest member of the School District of Philadelphia's Alternative Education system to give students a second chance to earn their high school diploma. Our academic curriculum systematically improves basic literacy and math skills, covers the materials needed for credit attainment, and develops college-level academic skills. Media arts and technology skills are infused throughout the school with several levels of media and technology classes, and opportunities to use media skills in all subjects. Our program and its project-based learning structure ensure that students become fully engaged and motivated as learners as they work toward their high school diploma.

Success Stories

Najua Curtis was in 11th grade when she left Ben Franklin High School. As is the case with many youth, she had faced many obstacles that led to her departure from school. Her mother's instability left Najua and her siblings relocating from shelter to shelter. In her search for support and stability, she started to spend most of her time with her boyfriend.

Najua had dreams of becoming a nurse and she knew that she needed to return to school to make that happen. In the summer of 2011, she began to search for a new school. She heard about the G2C program at YESPhilly and applied. Najua was young and immature and benefited greatly from the support of her counselor, classmates, and G2C Director. Najua was determined to succeed, but was sometimes discouraged due to the continuous housing issues. When she stopped attending, YESPhilly persistently worked with her until her attendance improved.

Najua earned her GED after her 18th birthday in November, 2011. She participated in an internship at Mercy Hospital and applied for CCP's Nursing Program. The G2C staff supported her throughout her enrollment process. She is progressing well in her classes at CCP and credits it to the college preparation classes that she received in the G2C program. The essay writing, techniques to communicate with her professors, and the Dell laptop computer helped to prepare her for success. She meets with the G2C director weekly to pick up her SEPTA Transpass and touch base.

Najua successfully completed her first year at CCP and plans to take an English class during the summer session. She will meet with G2C director for assistance with PHEAA summer grant.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 4%
  • African American: 95%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 180

First-Generation

  • More than 75%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Delaware County Community College
  • Strayer University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 60%