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Community Evening Resource Centers (CERC)

Providing free, safe spaces at night for youth to engage in fun, structured activities.


Community Evening Resource Centers (CERC) provide free, safe spaces and activities for kids and teens ages 10 to 17. You can take part in structured activities, do your homework, and make new friends.

Centers offer free, nightly activities like:

  • Sports.
  • Photography, cooking, yoga, and video-gaming classes.
  • Community service projects.
  • Job-readiness training.
  • Conflict resolution and violence prevention training.

CERC staff mentor youth to encourage positive development. They can also connect youth to other programs and services that support school work, mental health, and other needs.


Phone: Call your CERC directly for more information. Phone numbers are listed below.

How to attend a CERC

All centers are free to attend for Philadelphia youth ages 10 to 17. You don't need to register or notify your CERC before you arrive.

CERC can also receive youth who are in violation of the City's minor curfew law and have come to the attention of the Philadelphia Police.

Hours and locations

All centers are open every night from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Contact your nearest CERC to learn about their activity schedule.


Juvenile Justice Center
100 W. Coulter St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 849-2112


Institute for the Development of African American Youth (IDAAY)
2305 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19132
(215) 235-9110


Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance
1920 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 336-3511


Community of Compassion, Inc.
6150 Cedar Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 239-6820


(formerly known as Norris Square Community Alliance)
2036 N. Mascher St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 426-8734


Unique Dreams
4704 Leiper St.
Philadelphia, PA 19124
(215) 960-5066

Find more resources for youth and young adults

Learn about other programs and services from the Department of Human Services.


Community Evening Resource Centers are made possible by a partnership between the Department of Human Services, Philadelphia City Council, and the Philadelphia Police Department. Learn more about our partnership.