Informative, fun-filled event seeks to attract hundreds to PA Convention Center

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia will host a free Parent & Youth Resource Fair at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Scores of city agencies and service providers will share information, materials, and guidance to assist and support children and teens.

Hosted by the Office of the Mayor, City Council, the Office of Children & Families, the Managing Director’s Office, and 211, the one-stop-shop opportunity is the City’s latest effort to help parents and families connect Philadelphia’s young people with activities, programs, and employment this spring, summer, and throughout the year.

The event will have something for everyone, offering resources for residents, families, and children of all ages. The Resource Fair is being hosted for the first time and will feature giveaways, a deejay, parent workshops, and free refreshments.

“With summer just around the corner, this is a great time for families to learn about camps, job opportunities, out-of-school time programs, and all the great services offered by the City and our partners,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “I want to thank our co-hosts and partners for working together to organize a fun and informative event.”

“We are excited about this resource fair as it provides a unique opportunity for parents and youth to learn more about the diverse array of positive and safe programming, including employment, for young people and their families this summer and all year round”, said Office of Children & Families Deputy Mayor Vanessa Garrett Harley. “These services and programs can make the difference in a young person’s life and will give our parents the support they need to find, safe, fun, and enriching activities for their children and teens.”

At the Resource Fair, young people can connect to summer camps, late afternoon/evening activities, employment, emotional support, tutoring, mentoring, conflict resolution, food access, and more.

“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for parents, grandparents, guardians, and young people to access information in one place right before the summer season,” said Managing Director Tumar Alexander. “Many of our City departments and partner providers will be there to talk to young people about their interests and try to connect those interests with available programs.”

“This Resource Fair is exactly what parents, families, and youths need,” said Council President Darrell L. Clarke. “Our young people need constructive, positive events and programs to occupy and enrich their minds this summer, and all of these city agencies, working collaboratively with non-profit providers, will make these programs available to parents and families this Saturday at the Convention Center. Come and check it out!”

The list of confirmed Resource Fair exhibitors is updated regularly. Please visit this blog post for the latest updates and further event details.

Resource Fair attendees should access the event in Exhibit Hall G through the Convention Center’s North Broad Street entrance. The site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Contact or call 215-709-5366.