Youth Development

Impact’s abiding interest in enhancing opportunities for youth spans decades and has taken many forms.

In the education arena, Impact has worked to develop a full service childcare center in an old industrial space. Now managed by an outside childcare provider, the facility serves over 70 children a year and employs 24 people, mostly from the neighborhood. As sponsoring community agency for the First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School, Impact happily played a role in launching the school, and continues to serve on its Board, fostering growth of this education alternative now serving over 550 children grades K–6.

Increasing youths’ connection to the world of work has also been important. A long-time participant in the Summer Career Exploration Program (SCEP) program, Impact employed talented college students in placing and supervising income-eligible youth in summer jobs related to areas of interest. Its Youth Violence Reduction (YVRP) and Youthbuild programs helped older youth improve literacy, earn GEDs, get work experience, and land jobs.

For almost a decade, the CheckMate program created a safe haven for at-risk middle schoolers. Today, Camp Kensington creates summer recreation for fifty 8–13 year olds, and a variety of community building activities seek to involve youth and their families in neighborhood events.

The Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Golf Association (GPSGA) was incorporated as a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization in 1979 by interested business people and golfers in the Philadelphia area.  The GPSGA has served thousands of youth from Philadelphia and the surrounding 7 counties through special events, clinics and tournaments.  Many youth have gone on to pursue successful amateur golf careers, some have become professional golfers but most importantly, the youth served have been exposed to the game’s principles that instill character in their everyday lives.  For over three decades, the GPSGA has been committed to insuring that all area youth are exposed to the game.  For more information on The FirstTee of Greater Philadelphia: photo

The GPSGA was awarded The First Tee Chapter status in 2003 and in 2004 opened our new teaching center located at FDR golf course. More than 12,500 youth have participated in our program since opening over 10 years ago. Eight years ago, Sean O’Hair, the 2006 Tour Rookie of the year, joined Jay Sigel, Champions Tour on our Board of Directors.  In 2007, TFT Philadelphia started a Middle School golf league in conjunction with the Philadelphia Board of Education and Philly Coke.  In 2008, The First Philadelphia Preparatory School was the first charter school to participate in TFT’s National School Program. MPAA1

 In 2008, TFT Philadelphia expanded to the Walnut Lane G.C. to provide on course opportunities for youth. Mentoring started in late 2009 at both TFT Philadelphia teaching sites. In 2010 we opened a teaching center and practice area at Walnut Lane G.C.  Also that year, we introduced the Science of Golf to our participants and we started programming at FortDix and McGuire AFB.

Impact continues to look for ways to involve youth in the community and enhance opportunities for them to realize their gifts and make contributions.