Written by Glory Wells, Mayor’s Intern at the Office of Children and Families 

As a city, Philadelphia is determined to keep youth safe and active. Read on to learn about our Community Evening Resource Centers (Centers). Discover how they help to empower youth and promote positive development. The Centers are open daily from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Centers are safe and secure settings for youth to engage in structured activities. All activities are free. This includes engaging in community service and preparing for the workforce with job-readiness training. They can take part in cooking classes and sport activities. 

Youth can use the Centers’ resources for academic aid. And mental health support. 

Karima Welcome participates in Center programming. She revealed, “I love this program because I feel it’s an escape for me. My favorite part is eating meals and participating in the activities. My favorite activity is Rapping About Prevention because it’s a great start for my plans in life.”

Youth can learn about conflict resolution, violence prevention, family engagement, and youth mentorship. 

Staff and members aim to connect with youth. They strive to be positive role models. Through these connections, youth develop skills and build character.

“The Community Evening Resource Center is creating and instilling opportunities that define, direct, and conform to positive values and success!” expressed Shellronda Whiters-Ogden, who is a Center Youth Mentor. 

All Philadelphia youth are welcome to join the program. They are open daily from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 


Juvenile Justice Center
100 W. Coulter St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144

IDAAY (Institute for the Development of African American Youth)
2305 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19132

Dixon House at Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance
(formerly known as Diversified Community Services)
1920 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Community of Compassion, Inc.
6150 Cedar Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Community Evening Resource Centers are made possible due to a partnership between Philadelphia Department of Human Services, City Council, and Police Department.