What We Do
North10 supports community revitalization efforts so that by 2028, Hunting Park and East Tioga will be home to:
- A high-quality cradle-to-career educational pipeline so that every neighborhood child has access to learning opportunities worthy of their promise.
- A safer, cleaner, and greener environment, where all residents have access to affordable healthy food, an array of physical, mental, and behavioral health services.
- Dignified, high-quality housing; readily available resources for current homeowners and homebuyers; and both rental and ownership opportunities that prioritizes the needs of the current residents.
- A diverse cohort of local businesses, job opportunities, and adult learning options.
Here’s what we do to make that vision a reality:
Youth and Adult Programs
K-8 Out-of-School Time
Providing high quality after school programming to local youth
North10, Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time (OST) programming offers high quality, structured learning opportunities for local youth in grades K-8, outside of the traditional school day. The program, which takes place at the Lenfest Center, runs daily from 2:30-5:30 p.m.; summer programming is also available.
Serving the children of the Hunting Park-East Tioga sections of North Philadelphia, OST has integrated a trauma-informed care approach to its after-school programming. Built on the principles of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment, trauma- informed care supports the positive growth and development of children who live with systemic stresses that can cause lasting impact.
North10 staff works together with program partners to leverage resources and ensure high- quality programming to serve the unique needs of families, children and youth in the community.
In designing this important community resource, North10 sought to create programming that values the voices of youth; encourages participation in the design, delivery and evaluation of services; instills leadership qualities in youth; and involves civic involvement, engagement and contribution through service.
The North10 OST program operates in “pods” – small clusters of students, who are referred to as scholars. Typical program enrollment includes 36 scholars, divided into four pods of nine scholars. North10 has developed guidance to ensure the health and safety of scholars, staff and partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- One full-time, highly qualified North10 youth development professional is assigned to each pod; part-time staff are assigned to groups as needed.
- Program partners conduct specialized activities in each pod throughout the week. Daily programming is broken down into two 45-minute program segments, a 15- minute “brain break”/stretch, and dismissal that includes grab-and-go dinner and breakfast for the next day.
Fall 2020 activities and programming includes ARTrageous, OST’s award-winning chess team, Urban Intervention (academic tutoring), Clay Studio, Focus Mentoring, Mighty Writers and nutrition education (through Vetri Community Partnership).
Workforce Development & Job Readiness
Hunger Insecurity and the Food Desert
North 10, Philadelphia is actively working to get healthy food into the hands of children, families and seniors who need it most. North10 provides food distribution via a hybrid of home delivery service and on-site distribution. Currently, the distribution schedule is EVERY Tuesday 1pm-2pm at the Lenfest Center.
Hunting Park-East Tioga Capital Projects
Development without Displacement
Be a Gem Crossing
North10 has received funding for a new 68,000-square-foot, mixed-use development on the site of the former Liberty Motel at Germantown Avenue and Westmoreland Street, which North10 purchased along with surrounding properties, in 2018. The planned development, located across the street from Bethune Elementary School, will turn a landmark for crime into one of progress, wellness, and community. We are proud to have signed a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) with the Broad, Germantown, Erie Collaborative (BGEC), which can be viewed by clicking on the button to the left. To learn more about the project read about it in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here and here. In order to learn more about the bid documents for the project, please click here.
Bethune Elementary Schoolyard
Deepening its commitment to the children and families of the neighborhood, North10 is working with key partners to create a safe and community-focused space at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, open to all community residents. Through a collaboration with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit organization, the schoolyard will be transformed into a community park with and for our neighbors. Based on TPL’s 10-Minute Walk Impact Report, 9,402 residents live within half a mile of the proposed schoolyard site, with 30% – nearly 3,000 – being children under the age of 20.
As part of the participatory design process, Bethune teachers and students will have a unique hands-on role in envisioning their future schoolyard. North10 and TPL are taking an important step to combat
this injustice, by providing all children the right to be children through the opportunity of outdoor play.
The School District of Philadelphia has pledged its support by investing $300,000 into the project and we have raised $225,000 in private support. Fundraising continues to reach our goal of the $1.1 million needed to complete this important enhancement to the neighborhood. Please consider giving a gift by clicking here.
Resident-Driven Neighborhood Strategic Planning
North10 Philadelphia (North10), working with Interface Studios, V. Lamar Wilson Associates, and the Scattergood Foundation, seeks to comprehensively enhance the quality of life with residents in a section of Philadelphia’s Hunting Park-East Tioga neighborhoods by facilitating a resident-driven plan that improves increases dignified, high quality housing options; stimulates economic development, jobs, and business growth; and ensures the health and wellness of the community through sound physical, mental, and behavioral health services and clean, safe environment. This section of North Philadelphia has faced decades of disinvestment and neglect leading to complicated challenges, including intergenerational poverty and few social supports for health and wellness. Please visit the plan’s page here.