Youth Development - Make a Difference in a Teen's Life

February 15 is Empower Youth Employment Day!
Spread the news: Summer WorkReady Applications are OPEN!

The Urban Affairs Coalition and its network of program partners provide youth with access to safe havens, education, and jobs.

Our work includes:

  • Violence prevention programs, making it possible for children to learn that they can have safe, productive and joyful lives
  • Access to school choice, allowing parents and communities to have a say in how and where their children are educated

How We Work

  • We organize policy agenda related to positive youth development and galvanize program partners around youth-specific issues, activities, and service delivery gaps
  •  We promote innovative program development and pursue funding opportunities to develop new youth programs that meet existing and emerging needs
  •  We provide ongoing support to a cohort of our existing youth-serving program partners to help them improve quality through technical assistance
  •  We provide youth-serving program partners with resources and information on best practices, and provide opportunities for program partners to collaborate to leverage funding

We Work To

  • Improve program quality and impact of youth-serving grassroots nonprofits and program partners through targeted individualized technical assistance, administration of organizational health self-assessments, and providing individualized organizational health and development coaching
  • Provide performance management services via Efforts-to Outcomes (ETO) software, outcomes measurement, and one-on-one technical assistance 
  • Offer group capacity-building workshops, resources, and information on best practices via Coalition U courses and a special Lecture Series facilitated through our monthly Program Partner meetings
  • Deliver high-quality "signature" programs of and resources from the Coalition e.g., our Summer WorkReady youth employment programs and the Philadelphia Charter School Directory

Primary Focus Areas

  • Education, Employment, and Pathways to the New Economy
  • Aged-out and homeless/ foster care populations (serving special needs populations)
  • Health and life skills education
  • Youth safety/ violence prevention
  • Mentoring (with a focus on African- American males)

February 15 is Empower Youth Employment Day!

Spread the news: Summer WorkReady Applications are OPEN!

UAC's Summer Youth Employment Program is celebrating the opening of the summer WorkReady applications with a weeklong celebration, highlighted by Empower Youth Employment Day.

Mayor James F. Kenney has proclaimed Thursday, February 15, 2018 to be Empower Youth Employment Day in Philadelphia! Empower Youth Employment Day is meant to, "urge all citizens and employers to be aware of the unique talents and needs of our youth workforce population, and provide them with new opportunities that could have lifetime benefits on their quality of life." Read the full Proclamation here.

Please join UAC and the City of Philadelphia as we share stories, pictures, and articles about youth employment in Philadelphia all week long, February 12-16. We have attached the Empower Youth Employment Media Toolkit, equipped with sample Facebook posts, tweets, Instagram pictures, and email blasts you can use to share with your networks. Download the toolkit here.

For more information about the UAC Summer Youth Employment Program and the process for enrolling, please go to our website

For More Information Contact

Youth Division
1207 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-851-0110


Partners in the Coalition

Art Programming for the community of Point Breeze  
To provide a safe haven for Philadelphia’s youth to discover the power of their voices through poetry and spoken word, by using their voices, youth cultivate personal and social transformation.
To provide youth and community programming by utilizing exhibits of classic and modern Black authors and their composition as tools for teaching and learning.


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May 12, 2015
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May 7, 2015
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