About

We passionately believe that all young people deserve high-quality experiences in educational and out-of-school time settings and that intentionally designed programs, age-appropriate and engaging activities provided by well-trained, caring adults play a key role in facilitating these kinds of experiences.

That's why Fab Youth Philly, supports organizations and individuals that work with children and youth by focusing on improving program quality and connects youth workers to quality professional development opportunities. Because we also love working directly with children and teens we also innovate afterschool and summer programming for children and young adults.

Fab Youth Philly grew out of Rebecca's work as an independent consultant and you can read more about our journey and our impact as an organization by clicking here.

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to becoming Fab Youth Philly

The Why & How

At Fab Youth Philly, we know it is important to be explicit about who we are and what informs our work. Sharing this information helps us communicate externally – attracting partners, collaborators, and funders with shared values. Internally, clear theories and frameworks help guide us as individuals and teammates.

 

The lenses we use, the values that drive our work, and the principles and practices that guide our day-to-day interactions are not accidental. They are intentional and part of all that we do.

Guiding Theories  

The work we do at Fab Youth Philly is shaped by these theories. We come to these lenses through ongoing learning via books, conferences, social media, film and more; through conversations with a number of stakeholders and trusted messengers, and through observations.

From Trauma Informed to Healing Centered
Anti-Racist
Positive
Youth
Development

From Trauma Informed to Healing Centered

At Fab Youth Philly, being Trauma Informed means we work to realize the widespread impact of trauma and understand potential paths for recovery. We recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others, and we respond by fully integrating our knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices. This work has been and continues to be a journey. As an organization, we are working to move from Trauma Informed to Healing Centered practice.

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Anti-Racist

We disavow white supremacy and actively work to counter white supremacy culture within our organization. We do this by creating opportunities to openly and actively discuss where and how white supremacy shows up - within our own organization and within the organizations and systems with whom we work. It is a collective effort to develop strategies to undo or eliminate white supremacy culture. While we desire an open and inclusive environment that embraces and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique, we will not tolerate racist and oppressive behaviors.