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Sept. 11, 2014 by Peter Crimmins
The Free Library of Philadelphia recently received its largest donation in history from the William Penn Foundation. At $25 million, the donation will significantly contribute to the Free Library's new effort to transform into a modern institution that can provide services and appropriate space to meet the unique needs of its communities. The Free Library offers drop-in after-school homework help and literacy activities through its LEAP program.
Sept. 9, 2014 by Connie Langland
Out-of-School Time (OST) services and programs are recognized as having a positive influence on the children and youth of Philadelphia. The summer and school-year OST programs are valued at nearly $11.5 million. In addition, evaluations conducted by Research for Action, an independent research group, reveal the positive influence of OST programs on elementary, middle and high school students, from an association with higher reading grades to a decreased number of out-of-school suspensions. Read on to learn more about the scope and positive impact of Philadelphia’s OST programs.
Sept. 4, 2014 by Sophie Papavizas
Philadelphia’s Little League star Mo’ne Davis first realized her love for sports at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center, an after-school program run by the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. And her accomplishments highlight the positive impact that afterschool programs have on youth and helping them to realize their potential. In addition, recent studies show that structured activities in afterschool programs, especially those that involve physical activity and education about achieving a healthy lifestyle, can have a positive influence on the health and well-being of youth.