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YouthBuild in the News:

10/29/20: The YouthBuild Philly community is deeply saddened by the arrest of teacher, friend, activist, son and advocate, Anthony Smith. Anthony is a beloved Social Studies teacher who wholeheartedly dedicates his life to educating, empowering and supporting young people throughout his expansive and inclusive community. YouthBuild does not have any additional knowledge of the case beyond what has been reported in the news. Per our  policy, YouthBuild does not comment on matters related to our employees.  

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)