After-School Programs for Northeast Philly Youth: Rhawnhurst Turning Point and 300th Anniversary Mission Campaign
Rhawnhurst Turning Point is an ecumenical center (PCUSA and ELCA) for 6-12th grade youth and young adults in Northeast Philadelphia where they can learn, grow, serve, and have fun in a safe environment supported by caring volunteers and Christian Staff. The varied after-school programs of Rhawnhurst Turning Point foster a mutually-supportive community and homework assistance in efforts to increase the likelihood that students will remain in school, develop healthy relationships, and learn essential life skills. One of our eight ministry recipients for last year’s 300th Anniversary Mission Campaign, Rhawnhurst Turning Point has aimed to expand their after-school programs offered to youth in a neighborhood often labeled as “at risk” and vulnerable to the school-to-prison pipeline.
As a result of the funds received, Rhawnhurst Turning Point was able to expand their homework assistance, drop-in center, art classes, and varied service opportunities. In addition, they added STEM-based learning to their drop in program through science experiments, chess tournaments, book clubs, etc. This past year, 56 students participated with an average daily attendance of 20 young people. As they seek to expand their programs, they continue to recruit and equip new volunteers, increase their visibility through creative publicity campaigns and local networking, and empower the youth they serve to take on leadership roles within Rhawnhurst Turning Point. We give thanks for their witness in Northeast Philadelphia.
Learn More about their 300th Anniversary Initiative: https://presbyphl.org/300-mission-campaign/rhawnhurst-turning-point/