“YESPhilly is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency whose mission is to develop a broad base of opportunities for Philadelphia’s out-of-school youth to prepare them to become successful, self-sufficient adults. Since its inception, YESPhilly has provided opportunities to over 200 high school drop-outs per year. We have developed an educational model that prepares students for college and careers by tying together personal development, media arts and technology skills, and academic instruction to meet Pennsylvania standards for high school.”


  • Accelerated Program

    Program Type

  • 9th-12th

    Grades Served

  • Teacher-Based Learning

    Instructional Model

Academic Highlights

Interactive Education
YESPhilly uses Summit, a national blended-learning model that gives students more capacity to manage their own education through robust online curricula and an interactive platform. YESPhilly teacher customize Summit with project-based activities relevant to the students’ skills and interests.

Mural Arts Program
Mural Arts Philadelphia, along with other community partners, provides weekly workshops that teach and encourage students to express their ideas and interests through drawing and painting. YESPhilly graduates are eligible for internships and apprenticeships through Mural Arts Philadelphia programs.

Mental Health Services & Support
YESPhilly partners with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia to provide our students with free, on site therapy which focuses on deep, long term work. Students are also able to continue with their professional counselor after they graduate, if they wish, free of cost. The counselors come in every week, and are empathetic and very enthusiastic about serving our students.

Extra Curricular Activities

YESPhilly offers WorkReady opportunities, Temple Expressive Music Laboratory, Culinary Arts cooking classes, Zumba classes, Financial Literacy classes, Mural Arts Restorative Practices Youth Program, volunteer opportunities with North Broad Renaissance, and Coded by Kids.