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YouthBuild in the News: 

5/18/22: YouthBuild Philly sits down with WURD Radio to discuss its mission and Stomping Grounds Social Justice Café (WURD)

5/6/22: Students will help renovate charter school’s green building project (GRID Philly)

5/3/22: These Students Seek Social Justice From the ‘Grounds’ Up at Philly Coffee Shop (NBC 10)

3/29/22: YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School buys building on North Broad Street for new home (Philadelphia Business Journal)

11/12/21: The new Philadelphia café, run by a high school student, wants to change his life with coffee (Pennsylvania News Today)

11/12/21: Run by high school students, a new Philly café wants to change lives with coffee (The Philadelphia Tribune)

11/12/21: Run by high school students, a new Philly café wants to change lives with coffee (WHYY) 

11/8/21: Stomping Grounds Café, a new coffee shop in West Philadelphia, offers life lessons to students (Philly Inquirer)

11/5/21: Stomping Grounds Café celebrates ‘magic’ of coffee in West Philadelphia (Generocity)

11/1/21: Stomping Grounds Café is a new student-led, social justice café in  West Philadelphia (FOX 29)

10/29/21: Philadelphia area students of color miss more school due to discipline (6abc)

10/19/21: YouthBuild Philly Class of 2022 Acceptance March

1/15/21: MLK Day 2021 means virtual programming and socially distant community service

10/31/19: YouthBuild: Giving Students a Second Chance at Graduating High School

9/30/19: Local YouthBuild Charter Service Member Wins National Award

9/4/18: YouthBuild Acceptance Ceremony

7/25/18: Philadelphia youth joined youth from Brazil to create a mural

11/6/2017: Nonprofits Give Disconnected Youths Another Chance

11/6/2017: How 4 Disconnected Youths Got Help

8/22/17: Philly School Gives Students a Second Chance to Earn a Diploma

3/29/17: Here’s what Philadelphia nonprofits stand to lose if AmeriCorps is eliminated (Generocity)

2/27/17: Women’s Way and YouthBuild Philly have new leadership (Generocity)

10/10/16: This youth advocate is leaving the charter school she ‘grew with’ to build something new (Generocity)

8/26/16: YouthBuild Philly Holds Special Graduation Ceremony (CBS 3)

6/30/16: Philly Students Turned These Two Abandoned Properties into Eco-Friendly Homes (Curbed Philadelphia)

6/29/16: In Nicetown, A Green Building Celebration (Philadelphia Magazine)

6/29/16: YouthBuild Transforms Neighborhood (ABC 6)

5/11/16: The Highest Hanging Fruit (The Philadelphia Citizen)

4/29/16: SRC approves three Renaissance charters, postpones vote on non-renewals (WHYY/Newsworks/The Notebook)

4/13/16: For students with juvenile justice involvement, better options lead to more diplomas (The Philadelphia Public School Notebook)

4/5/16: A matter of degrees (The Philadelphia Public School Notebook)

3/16/16: Charter School Uses Coffee To Improve Lives Of Former High School Drop Outs (CBS 3)

12/3/15: How to go from homeless to employed (the Philadelphia Inquirer)

12/2/15: Once homeless and hungry, Philadelphia barista seizes chance to succeed (Philly Voice)

10/18/15: Next Phila. mayor must attack poverty through training programs (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

9/27/15: Reconnecting with a productive path (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

9/25/15: Creating Opportunity for the Next Generation of Thinkers (USA Today)

9/18/15: YouthBuild charter gets $1.1 million from feds to grow (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

7/14/2015: Starbucks Wants to Do Something Genuinely Useful for America: Hire Young People Who Need Work (

7/13/2015: Connecting Young People With Jobs (The New York Times)

6/26/16: Students tell their stories: A chess expert nearly lost to the system (The Philadelphia Public School Notebook)

5/20/2015: More students re-engaging, but resources are scarce (The Philadelphia Public School Notebook)

5/20/2015: What’s Working? What’s Not? (Focus on Boosting Graduation Rates for All) (The Philadelphia Public School Notebook)

2/15/2015: Local, national effort to help at-risk students (The Philadelphia Tribune)

8/28/2014: High School Dropouts Get Reprieve at YouthBuild Philly Graduation (WHYY/Newsworks)

4/3/2014: TEDxPhiladelphia Presents Ideas for a Greater Philadelphia (Campus Philly Blog)

2/27/2014: Service Leads to New Direction (Corporation for Community & National Service Blog)

2/3/2014: Student’s film exposes challenges youths face (Philadelphia Tribune)

1/29/2014: YouthBuild students help restore John Coltrane House (PlanPhilly Eyes on the Street Blog)

11/26/2013: Raising the Roof: Solar Schools Initiative unleashes the potential atop our schools — and inside them (GRID Magazine)

9/23/2013: Teens Go Platinum: High schoolers turn a rundown property into a LEED Platinum showpiece, with help from some friends (GRID Magazine)

10/29/20: The YouthBuild Philly community was deeply disturbed by the arrest of teacher, friend, activist, son and advocate, Anthony Smith during the George Floyd protests in October 2020. Anthony, a beloved social studies teacher, has dedicated his life to educating, empowering and supporting the young people in his expansive and inclusive community. His responsibilities at YouthBuild Philly have not changed, and following his release from custody, he rejoined us on site and in the field. We, along with Anthony’s family and friends, are closely following his upcoming case and hope he will receive fair, just and equitable treatment.