Programs for children and youth focus on providing young people with a safe place to learn and grow. Many organizations partner with the Community Center at Visitation to offer services that meet students where they are.
For example, the Catholic Social Services Out of School Time program for high school students makes use of the Center’s state of the art gymnasium for sports, access to a green house and community garden, a computer lab, summer job placement opportunities, along with resources for cooking and multimedia activities. Nearly 60 students grades ninth to twelfth are enrolled and come to the Center after school.
A partnership with Mariana Bracetti Academy provides training for youth mentoring. Graduation Coach Campaign, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office, hosts trainings at the Community Center at Visitation to educate adults to become the best possible leaders and mentors for Philadelphia’s students. Workshops equip adult role models with tools to help youth complete high school and consider college options.
Providence Center, a local agency with a small facility, collaborates with the Community Center at Visitation to host an annual summer camp for grades K-6th in July. For four weeks, over forty children and youth enjoy literacy themed classes, indoor and outdoor recreation, gardening, and swimming at a nearby neighborhood pool. High school students from JusticeworX provide support for the camp through a program that fosters their spirituality, builds supportive communities, and teaches them how to be advocates for peace and justice.