Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow (GTLT)
United Communities coordinates Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow (GTLT), the signature program of the Women’s Leadership Initiative of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The program empowers girls in grades 7 through 12 in the greater Philadelphia area, to embrace their leadership potential, helping them to become self-directed, self-regulated learners who stay on track for graduation from high school prepared for college and career. GTLT partners with the following agencies to identify girls who are exhibiting early warning indicators of dropping out of school and could benefit from the program: Congreso, Girl’s Inc, DHS-Girl’s Track, Excell CDC, Pottstown Foundation for Education, and the Tri-County YWCA.
Girls enroll in GTLT in 7th grade and continue in the program until graduation from high school and enrollment in a post-secondary education program. Through college visits, group mentoring, college and career guest speakers, presentation, and public speaking skills, as well as curriculum concentrating on personal growth and relationship building, the GTLT program aims to help prepare participants for success in the future.
For more information contact Brandi Wardlow, GTLT Coordinator at 215-468-1645 x7331 or email@example.com.
South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition (SPPC)
The South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition (SPPC) was formed in 2011 as one of the five coalitions comprising the Philadelphia Coalition Academy. The overall goal of the SPPC is to connect organizations that have a stake in collectively addressing the needs of young people, aged 13-18, in South Philadelphia by providing educational, advocacy and social programs to help reduce substance usage. SPPC is a group of stakeholders who are in invested in decreasing the access and usage of drugs and alcohol to youth who live and go to school in South Philadelphia. SPPC is intended to give youth healthy outlets and an opportunity to engage in project-based activities creating positive change, and developing skills around program planning and implementation as well as team building to cope with and combat the challenges of substance abuse in their community. This is done in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services Office of Addiction, School District of Philadelphia, School Safety Task Force, Town Watch Integrated Services, Community Business Owners and the Philadelphia Police Department.
To join and or volunteer with SPPC or to learn more please contact Jeffrey C. Jones, Director of SPPC at 215-468-1645 x7233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Communities hosts a monthly Community Council Meeting that brings in experts from different agencies and organizations to discuss hot topics around positive youth development in Philadelphia. This meeting provides an opportunity for community organizations and school staff to hear from experts about topics like supporting students on the autism spectrum, sharing sexual health resources, incorporating art into after school programs, and supporting recent immigrant and refugee students.
Community Council Meetings are generally held on the last Monday of the month from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the United Communities Houston Center, 2029 S. 8th Street. Lunch is provided for those who RSVP to the meeting.
Email Brandi Wardlow at email@example.com to be added to the Community Council email list.