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. There are currently two sites in South and Southwest Philadelphia. They are open daily from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Site locations are below. Activities, which run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., are listed, too. 

Locations:

Dixon House Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance (formerly known as Diversified Community Services)

Homework support, sports activities, yoga class, cooking instruction, and movie nights.

1920 S. 20th Street

215-336-3511

elisharichardson@gpca-phila.org 

Community of Compassion, Inc. 

Drone programs, financial literacy class, and peer mediation. This site has a unique partnership with the Philadelphia Police, where youth participate in an initiative that connects the Philadelphia Police with youth through photography. 

6150 Cedar Avenue

215-239-6820

compassioncdcphilly@gmail.com 

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

Stay tuned! Two additional community-based sites are coming to Central and Northwest Philadelphia. New site updates will be made once more information becomes available.