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Announcing Our 2023 Grantees

This year, The Spruce Foundation had a truly outstanding pool of 65 applicants, the most we’ve ever had! We applaud all of the incredible organizations that applied for their work in support of Philadelphia youth.

After weeks of deliberation by our Grant Review Committee and Board of Directors, we’re incredibly honored to announce this year’s grant recipients. Grab a ticket to our Summer Social & Celebration on Thursday, June 15th, to honor them with us at the beautiful PHS Pop-Up Garden on South Street.

Achieve Now works to produce strong, confident, effective, and joyful readers who see reading as an integral part of their lives and are life-long learners. Their mission is to bring all K-2 students to grade-level reading while integrating the best practices that achieve this result into daily school curricula. To empower students, they use values-driven and asset-based language, encouraging them to self-regulate, to share what they are feeling and articulate what they need, and to take ownership of their learning. 

Collective Climb (CC) empowers BIPOC teenagers (aged 15-19) in West Philadelphia as the “leaders of liberation” through CC’s Restorative Community Project (RCP), a program where young people work as co-authors of a research report focused on participatory action, restorative justice, and building the restorative community. Their mission also includes their Collective Kickbacks, free community dialogues facilitated by RCP circle-keepers, and their Youth Advisory Board.

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (KYL/D) celebrates the ability of dance to integrate body, spirit, and mind, proceeding from a rich frame informed by diverse philosophies, living traditions, and contemplative practices of Asian origin. One of KYL/D’s main programs is CHI Dance where students learn fundamental dance technique through the skills mindfulness provides, allowing them to focus on the connection of body, mind, and breath inside and outside of the classroom.

We Love Philly empowers students with positive community experiences and essential professional skills through mindfulness, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, ownership, and content creation. Among their many initiatives, their student-driven curriculum and innovative cooperative ownership structures – in which students actually own, manage, sell, and profit from specific projects – motivate participants to graduate high school, earn money, and learn sustainable in-demand professional trades.

Congratulations again to these amazing nonprofit organizations uplifting youth in Philadelphia! Now’s your chance to celebrate them with us next month:

Summer Social & Celebration

Thursday, June 15th, 2023 | 6-9 PM
PHS Pop-Up Garden on South Street