Since 2015, we've provided programming directly to more than 500 children, teens and young adults (and counting!).

Programming emphasizes opportunities to be exposed to and develop leadership, civic-engagement, arts, creativity and workforce development and are designed using a positive youth development framework:

  • Develop and foster positive relationships;

  • Establish and uphold clear, fair and high expectations; and

  • Create opportunities for youth to connect, to navigate and to be productive.


Programming takes place year-round in various capacity, though summer is typically where we work with the largest number of children and teens.

play captains

Coined after the Block Captain and Jr. Block Captain roles, the Play Captains Initiative is a workforce development and civic-engagement initiative with the mission to empower and train teens in leadership, playful learning and facilitation to make the Play Streets and neighborhoods of Philadelphia more playful. Play Captains are hired during the summer and afterschool.

safety captains

The Safety Captain Initiative is an afterschool job for teens that uses a project based learning approach to answer questions like: What makes a youth friendly neighborhood? What makes a neighborhood safe?


The job includes getting paid to learn about, research and discuss concepts like community, safety, health & wellness. As part of their job, teens will take part in workshops, go on field trips, and will be taught how to conduct community asset mapping, and more!

other youth programs

The Teen Business Lab was
created with Michele Martin

of The Bamboo Project and is designed to be a 6, week

12-seession series of workshops that introduce teens and young adults to entrepreneurship.  First piloted in a community center setting, the course can also be modified to fit into a traditional school setting, too. The TBL can be modified or tailored for any group.

We place special emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking and work with teens to plan out a 'side hustle' they can develop while still in school. While we'd love it if every participant walks away ready to start their business, our ultimate goal is to introduce young people to a new way of thinking and provide some basic tools so when they are ready, they have what they need to get started.

Teen Business


Middle School Programming

                     In Spring of 2016, Fab
                   Youth Philly was awarded a

                grant from The Mayor's 

               Fund to create and facilitate

              a community engagement

      project for middle schoolers at the Norris Homes running July 2016-May 2107.

For this middle school project, Fab Youth Philly pulled together a highly talented team of teaching artists, community activists and youth workers, including:  Jennie Shanker, Andrea Walls, Alia Hatch, Mary Baxter, Harvey Hicks, Nathan McChristy, Folasshade Laud-Hammond, and Sannii Crespina-Flores

Video directed and produced by Andrea Walls

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