Join YOUTHadelphia

YOUTHadelphia LogoYOUTHadelphia gives Philadelphia teens the opportunity to build leadership skills through philanthropy and civic engagement. It is the Youth Advisory Committee of the Philadelphia Foundation's Fund for Children.

YOUTHadelphia members are high school students from a wide range of Philadelphia neighborhoods and schools. Twice each year, YOUTHadelphia decides which nonprofits to fund based on the priorities the teen members have set.

Meetings are held Thursdays after school at The Philadelphia Foundation under the direction of two adult facilitators. Dinner and tokens for transportation are provided for every meeting.

The Fall session meets from September through December. The Spring session meets from January through June.

How to Apply

Interested Philadelphia 9th-, 10th- and 11th-graders are invited to join. To apply, complete the application (DOC) and return it with a letter of recommendation. The deadline to apply for the Spring team is the second Friday in November. Applicants will be contacted shortly after the deadline to schedule an interview.

I’d recommend YOUTHadelphia to anyone. You have a chance to build your public speaking, teamwork, organizational, critical thinking and analytical skills. And it helped me give to my community in an area where I felt it would help.”
– D’Angelo Cameron

What It’s Like To Be Involved

More participants from YOUTHadelphia explain what they gained:

It taught me a lot about philanthropy, and it was a lot of fun. It’s a great program.”
– Sean Keely-Cain

I love this program – it was a great experience! If you would like to learn about grantmaking and philanthropy, you should join.”
– Kiaria Walker

My favorite part was meeting a new group of people who have the same interest as me.”
– Asia West

I like it that my opinion and that of other students change our community to be better for youth.”
– Shakira Todd

It felt empowering. It’s really cool and a great preparation for the business world!”
– Baseerah Watson

We are teenagers improving our worlds.”
– Daniel Farmer


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