North Light Receives $50,000 Grant for Teen Programs

urban farm
Jasmine Rogers, an eighth grader at the Pickett Campus of the Mastery Charter Schools and applicant for the Teens 4 Good program at North Light, helped with weeding at the half acre urban farm in The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.

North Light Community Center has received a $50,000 grant from the Fund for Children of The Philadelphia Foundation to support its Youth Encouragement Program (YEP). Announcement of the grant was made by R. Andrew Swinney, president of the foundation, whose board of managers approved the grant on May 4, 2012.

Irene A. Madrak, executive director of North Light, said the funds would be used to continue the youth programs including Teens 4 Good, the Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy and the Summer Career Exploration Program. Billy Eisenberg, director of education and teen services, said, “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with the Fund for Children of The Philadelphia Foundation to provide college and career readiness to over 400 at risk youth annually.”

North Light Community Center is a multi-service, community based non-profit organization located at 175 Green Lane. Founded in 1936, North Light’s mission is “to promote the welfare of the community, including the social, educational and athletic development of the youth”. North Light makes a positive difference through a variety of initiatives that support positive youth development, strengthen families and build community. Current offerings include year-round childcare for school age children, tutoring, youth development programs, arts and recreation, emergency supports, teen employment, and neighborhood access to technology.

The Philadelphia Foundation, a public charity, is Southeastern Pennsylvania’s leading center for community philanthropic engagement and is committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties through funds initiated by its donors. Established in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation continues to help donors harness their generosity and vision by providing tools, knowledge and financial stewardship directed to maximize the strategic impact of charitable contributions. Grants from more than 775 charitable funds strengthen the effectiveness of nonprofits and support programs that are vital to the people of this area.