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Black History Month: Highlighting Black-Founded Nonprofit Organizations

To celebrate Black History Month, Youth Action highlighted 5 Black-founded non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area. Like Youth Action, these organizations are actively empowering the youth of Philadelphia to be successful leaders in their communities!

Institute for the Development of African American Youth, Inc. “We support youth and families first.”

IDAAY was founded by Archye Leacock in 1991 while he was pursuing his Ph.D. at Temple University. Its mission is to empower and educate low-income, disadvantaged youth to succeed. Learn more at

Urban League of Philadelphia

The Urban League of Philadelphia is affiliated with The National Urban League, which was founded in 1911 by George Edmund Hayes and Ruth Standish Baldwin. This organization strives to empower African Americans and other disenfranchised minorities to secure economic self-reliance, equality, power, and civil rights. Learn more at

100 Black Men of Philadelphia, Inc.

The Philadelphia Chapter of The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. was established in 1991, spearheaded by Ronald Jarvis. 100 Black Men has a mission of improving the quality of life for African Americans and ensuring the future of their communities by focusing on youth development. Learn more at

Black Women in Sport Foundation “Involvement in sports encourages perseverance, self-discipline, and teamwork.”

BWSF was founded by Tina Sloan Green, Dr. Alpha Alexander, Dr. Nikki Franke, and Linda Greene in 1992. Its mission is to increase the involvement of Black women and girls in athletics, coaching, and sports administration. Learn more at

The Evoluer House

The Evoluer House was founded in 2004 by L’Oréal Paris Woman of Worth, Cheryl Ann Wadlington. Its mission is to help produce strong female leadership in the workforce and in society by investing in young women and girls and their collective well-being and power. The target population is girls of color in Philadelphia aged 13 to 18 who are experiencing challenges and barriers to success. Learn more at




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