The Northwest Philadelphia Performance/Community Center is the brainchild of the LIT Sports Program staff. The site of the center is a community center, former school or vacated building located in either the East Germantown, West Oak Lane, Ogontz area; an incorporated community in the northwest section of Philadelphia. The nearest community center for youth and families are more than seven miles away in the West Germantown area and a few miles away in Roxborough. The center will be a vital one-stop-shop for community members to access health, financial and academic enrichment, youth and senior programs and social services and have a safe place to participate in recreational activities and special events. The Nortwest Philadelphia Performance/Community Center will be a local source of assistance for area constituents.
The overall objective of this project is to create an enabling environment for the constituents of East Germantown, Ogontz and West Oak Lane so that they can be self - dependent, contribute to the development of the area and be an active participant in development effort of their neighborhood.
Health and Fitness: Our wellness programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits. Participation in programs at our center will offer youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.
Youth Enrichment Programs: Our program is projected to engage more than 400 youth, ages 13-18 with year-round programs that provide academic supports, mentoring, civic engagement, leadership training and life- and workforce-readiness skills. Programs help students stay and achieve in school, become prepared for college and career success and are offered in-school, after-school and during the summer.
Academic and Social Enrichment: SAT/ACT Preparation, Presentation and Interview Training, Leadership Summit, NCAA compliance program, Health and Wellness forum, Financial Literacy workshops, College Recruiting 101, Alternative Careers and Parent’s Seminar.
Recruitment: To pilot the program, constituents will be recruited from the area high schools; Mastery Charter Pickett Campus, Randolph Skills Center, Saul, Lankenau, Martin Luther King, Delaware Valley Charter, Central, Philadelphia Girls High and Hill-Friedman World Academy. Adult constituents will be recruited from various neighborhoods; and mega and smaller churches (Enon and Mount Airy COGIC), the West Oak Lane Senior Center, Volunteers will be recruited from local colleges, the UAC staff, and the UAC Advancement department. As the program grows, constituents will be encouraged to assist with the recruitment efforts by asking individuals they know who meet the eligibility criteria, to join/become members.