Resources for Families

The Violence Prevention Initiative is not a direct provider of services to families and youth. If you are in need of support services related to exposure to violence, and are a patient or patient’s family at CHOP, please ask a CHOP staff person for help in accessing these anti-violence programs and services:

Child Abuse
Dating Violence
Domestic Violence
Gang Violence and Prevention
Academic Programs
After-School Programs
Antiviolence Education/Programs
Community Service Volunteer Programs
Family Strengthening and Development
Mentoring Programs

Child Abuse

Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC)
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) specializes in delivering behavioral health services to Philadelphia’s children and their families by addressing the impact of child abuse, neglect, traumatic events, and other challenges to early childhood development.
www.cctckids.org
(215) 387-9500

National Children’s Advocacy Center
Promotes child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership 
http://www.nationalcac.org
(256) 533-KIDS (5437)

Philadelphia Children’s Alliance- Justice and Healing for Sexually Abused Children
The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, an independent non-profit organization, promotes healing and justice for child abuse victims in Philadelphia by conducting state of the art forensic interviews, providing victim support services and collaborating with other agencies to facilitate an integrated response
http://paphiladelphia.nationalchildrensalliance.org/
(215) 387-9500

Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health
A program of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Safe Place is one of the nation's most comprehensive programs addressing the critical issues of child abuse, neglect and placement in substitute care.
http://www.chop.edu/service/safe-place-the-center-for-child-protection-and-health

Support Center for Child Advocates
The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County.
www.advokid.org
215-925-1913

Youth Services Inc.
Youth Services Inc. (YSI) is a private not-for-profit, community-based social service agency dedicated to preventing child abuse, helping at-risk children and teens, and strengthening the family unit.
http://www.ysiphila.org/
(215) 222-3262

Dating Violence

Dating Violence Resource Center
The Dating Violence Resource Center provides a variety of information from research to statistics, to outreach materials on dating violence. This site also includes an excellent “Tips” link for parents, friends, and youth to help someone involved with dating violence.
(800) FYI- CALL (1-800-394-2255)

People Against Rape
http://peopleagainstrape.org/
843-745-0144

Domestic Violence

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
http://www.nrcdv.org/
(800) 537-2238

Women Against Abuse
Women Against Abuse is Philadelphia's leading domestic violence advocate and service provider and among the largest domestic violence agencies in the country.
www.womenagainstabuse.org
(215)386-1280

Gang Violence and Prevention

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)
Four different components offered to help prevent gang violence in middle schools, elementary schools, during the summer months, and within families.
http://www.great-online.org/

(800) 726-7070

Academic Programs

Institute for the Development of African American Youth, Inc. (IDAAY)
The mission of IDAAY is to provide educational and cultural programs, as well as prevention-intervention social services for youth, their families, and the broader community via a combination of carefully designed programs.
http://www.idaay.org
(215) 235-9110

LEAP Program- Philadelphia Public Libraries
The Leap Program provides after-school assistance for homework and computer literacy to first through 12th graders. 
http://www.freelibrary.org/libserv/leap.htm
(215) 686-5372

LULAC National Education Service Center
The League of United Latin American Citizens is an organization that provides resources and information on educational programming, leadership training, and scholarships for youth of Hispanic descent.
http://www.lnesc.org/site/1/Home
(202) 835-9646

Office of College & Career Awareness
The Office of College and Career Awareness works to improve the tendency of students to go to college in the Philadelphia School District by increasing the amount of college guidance and counseling available.
http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/c/ccawareness

Philadelphia Futures
Philadelphia Futures prepares high school students from low income families with college preparation, mentoring, and financial incentives.
http://www.philadelphiafutures.org
(215) 790-1666

Temple University-Upward Bound
Upward Bound is a college preparatory program offered to high school minority students interested in majoring in math and science with the goal of receiving the full college experience.
http://www.temple.edu/rcc/site/upwardbound/MSUB.html
(215) 204-3636

West Philadelphia YMCA
The YMCA provides academic support programs for 7th through 12th graders
http://www.philaymca.org/branches/west-philadelphia
(215) 476-2700

Women in Natural Science Program
This program focuses on academic enrichment for girls in 8th and 9th grade. Activities offered include field trips, science experiments, and other enriching activities.
http://www.ansp.org/education/wins/index.php
(215) 299-1045

YMCA Achievers
The YMCA provides academic support programs for 7th through 12th graders.
https://philaymca.org/community-programs/y-achievers/
(215) 235-6440

After-School Programs

Don’t Fall Down In The Hood
Don’t Fall Down In The Hood, a division of Institute for the Development of African-American Youth, Inc. (IDAAY), aims to reduce the high rate of recidivism of adjudicated youth, increase the targeted youth’s life skills, and improve interactions between law enforcement officers and this high risk youth population. literacy.
http://idaay.org/our-programs/dont-fall-down-in-the-hood/
(215) 235-1307

LEAP Program- Philadelphia Public Libraries
The Leap Program provides after school assistance for grades 1 through 12 in homework and computer literacy.
http://www.freelibrary.org/libserv/leap.htm
(215) 686-5372

Antiviolence Education/Programs

Antiviolence Partnership of Philadelphia
This organization helps children and youth resolve conflict nonviolently, while assisting victims and their families to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of violence.
http://www.pcvainfo.org
(215) 748-7780

The Center for Grieving Children
The Center helps children grieving a death heal and grow through their grief, while strengthening families, communities, and professionals’ understanding of how best to respond to their needs.
http://grievingchildren.org/
(267) 437-3123

Good Shepherd House
This program educates youth on how to resolve conflict without violence.
http://www.phillymediators.org
(215) 843-5413

Healing Hurt People (HHP)
Healing Hurt People (HHP), the cornerstone program of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University, is a community-focused, hospital-based program designed to reduce reinjury and retaliation among youth ages 8-30.
http://www.nonviolenceandsocialjustice.org/Healing-Hurt-People/29/
(215) 762-3448

Red Kite Rising
This program teaches martial arts to youth to help them heal from trauma using somatic therapies. Red Kite Rising currently works with the youth of Jane Addams Place, a shelter in Philadelphia.
http://www.rkrhealing.com/
(610) 420-6079

Student Antiviolence Education Program
This program provides education and examples to students on dealing with conflict in nonviolent ways.
http://www.pcvainfo.org
(215) 748-7780

WAVE (Working Against Violence Everywhere)
This proactive safe schools initiative is designed to help prevent violence in middle and senior high schools.
http://www.waveamerica.com/
(888) 960-9600

West/Southwest Philadelphia Victim Services Program
This program offers counseling, referrals, legal system assistance, crime victims’ compensation, and protection orders for victims.
http://www.pcvainfo.org
(215) 748-7780

Community Service Volunteer Programs

City Heroes Program
The City Heroes Program matches high school students with community service opportunities.
http://www.cityyear.org/cityheroes.aspx
(215) 988-2118

Greater Philadelphia Cares
Philadelphia Cares is an organization developed to match volunteers of all ages with their desired community service projects.
http://www.philacares.com
(215) 564-4544

Volunteer Way/United Way
Powered by the United Way, Volunteer Way is a resource that connects all people to volunteer opportunities in the Delaware Valley.
http://phillysjunited.volunteermatch.org/
(215) 665-2501

Family Strengthening and Development

Early Head Start Program
These centers offer free health, educational, and social services to low income families with pregnant woman and/or children ages 0 to 3 years old.
http://www.chop.edu/service/early-head-start/home.html
(267) 425-9900

Eastwick Family Center
Eastwick Family Center offers families six different programs including: case management; information, referral and linkage to health; behavioral and social service; parenting education; after-school programs; summer programs; and positive child and youth development programs.
http://dhs.phila.gov/intranet/scintrahome_pub.nsf/Content/Prevention+-+Community+Family+Centers+-+Locations+-+Eastwick
(215) 492-6457

Every Murder is Real Healing Center (EMIR)
Every Murder is Real Healing Center (EMIR) is a nonprofit organization that services and supports family members and friends who have been affected by homicide.
http://emirphilly.org/

Families and Schools Together (FAST)
This programs brings families and the school community together to improve the parent/child relationship, increase parental involvement in their child's education and promote good child behavior in school and at home, and to improve overall family cohesion.
http://www.familiesandschools.org/
(608) 663-2382

Family of Murder Victims
2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19130
http://avpphila.org/families-of-murder-victims-fmv/
(215) 567-6776

Intercultural Family Services Inc.
Intercultural Family Services is a family preservation program.
http://www.ifsinc.org
(215) 386-1298

Southwest Philadelphia Parents Group- Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church
This is a program within PAN that educates and improves parenting skills to help increase communication between parents and their children.
(215) 727-3687

Southwest Community Enrichment Center
Southwest Family Center offers six different programs including: case management; information, referral and linkage to health; behavioral and social service; parenting education; after-school programs; summer programs; and positive child and youth development programs.
http://www.pcacares.org/OrganizationDetail.aspx?organization=Southwest+Community+Enrichment+Center
(215) 386-8250

West Philadelphia Parents Group
Offers parenting skills and works to improve communication between parents and children.
(215) 727-3687

Youth Service Inc.
Youth Service. Inc. (YSI) is a private not-for-profit, community-based social service agency dedicated to preventing child abuse, helping at-risk children and teens, and strengthening the family unit.
http://www.ysiphila.org/
(215) 222-3262

Mentoring Programs

Big Brother/Big Sister of America
Establishes one-on-one relationships with adult volunteers and at-risk youth.
National: http://www.bbbs.org
Southeasten Pennsylvania: http://www.bbbssepa.org
(267) 773-4100

Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & South New Jersey
Ages Served: 5-18
Girls Inc. inspires girls to be strong, smart, and bold. It provides mentoring relationships for at-risk girls in a group setting for the duration of the school year. Girls Inc. also offers summer camps staffed by volunteers.
http://www.girlsincpa-nj.org/

(215) 735-7775

Hunting Park Community Development Corp.
The CitySTARS after-school mentoring programs include a wide variety of enrichment activities that take place after school on weekdays, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. CitySTARS also offers activities during school vacations or on early dismissal days.
http://www.phil.frb.org/community-development/community-profiles/philadelphia_pa-counties/selected-community-organization.cfm?guid=049
(215) 226-2300

Nu Sigma Youth Services
This program is designed to promote leadership development and to discourage risky behavior, such as substance abuse and violence, in African American males ages 6 to 18 through mentoring.
http://www.nusigma.org/
(215) 851-1848
Contact Darryl Coates:dcoates@gpuac.org

Philadelphia Futures Sponsor-A-Scholar
Ages Served: 11-18
Sponsor-A-Scholar helps motivated students from low-income families get "to and through" college. SAS uses a multi-pronged approach, which provides students with a long-term mentor, program services, staff support, and funds for college-related expenses.
http://www.philadelphiafutures.org/sas-high-school/overview
(215) 790-1666

Police Athletic League
The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia is a non-profit organization established to divert kids ages 6 to 18 from a life of crime by providing recreational and educational programs at 24 centers throughout the Philadelphia area. The educational programs include a computer education club, homework club, and literacy club. Recreational programs include basketball leagues, baseball, flag football, dance, and golf.
http://www.palnyc.org/800-PAL-4KIDS/Home.aspx
800-PAL-4KIDS (800-725-4543) & 212-477-9450

U.S. Dream Academy Inc.
The U.S. Dream Academy is a national after-school enrichment program that provides homework assistance, character building, healthy eating education, healthy snacks, the use of technology, and mentoring to children of incarcerated parents and children falling behind in school.
http://www.usdreamacademy.org/dream_cities/philadelphia-pa
(215) 339-1090