Who We Are
The mission of We Love Philly, a recognized 501(c)(3) outside of school time program, is to empower students with positive community experiences and essential professional skills through mindfulness, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and content creation. We Love Philly teaches students how to navigate complex emotional stressors, equips them with essential life skills, arranges volunteer experiences to promote community, connects students with local entrepreneurs and business owners to gain expertise, and lastly helps students to create their own brand.
Every element of our program is aimed to empower our students. In class, students journal, learn mindfulness, and explore crucial life skills such as financial literacy and home ownership. In the community, students volunteer for causes that they deem crucial and worthwhile to them. When meeting with local business owners and entrepreneurs, they conduct interviews where they learn from prominent members of our communities. Afterwards, using what they have learned, they create podcasts and other social media content to spread the word--all the while learning video and audio production skills. The last stage of our program focuses on brand creation, so students can begin paving their own paths to success.
Our students come from widely diverse backgrounds, including those who have been ignored or left behind by mainstream institutions. By highlighting emotional, volunteer, and entrepreneurial skills, We Love Philly empowers students with the skills to thrive in the 21st century.
By enrolling In We Love Philly students will earn:
1. Skills that will enable them to take ownership of their community(home ownership, local laws, taxes, etc)
2. Mindfulness/meditation techniques to help students
develop empathy and self awareness
3. 21st century Digital Marketing skills that will help them develop an independent business/brand
4. Networking and Communication skills from participating businesses in the Philadelphia area
5. Video and audio editing skills
6. Research and interviewing skills from creating The We Love Philly Podcast on a weekly basis
7. High School Credits from a Pennsylvania State Certified Teacher
Our success relies on our We Love Philly values
WE LOVE stands for:
Wisdom - Focus on teaching students to love to learn
Empathy - Understanding and caring for the feelings of others
Love - Focus on Self-Love as a driving inspiration to life
Ownership - Focus on taking responsibility for the future of your community
Visualize - Focus on meditation and to strengthen the creation of ones reality
Environment - Focus on acquiring knowledge about the environment in order to become self sufficient
Using a project based learning curriculum, we challenge teenagers to explore their own potential in a universe that has no limitations.