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The Village of Arts and Humanities

What the org has to say: “Our mission is to amplify the voices and aspirations of our North Philadelphia community by providing arts-based opportunities for self-expression and personal success that engage youth and their families, revitalize physical space, and preserve black heritage.”

What we found: The Village strives to create a mental and physical safe space for any young person it connects with. Students at the Village learn both the artistic and business aspects of art forms like photography, ceramics, and sustainable design. The Village primarily recruits directly from the neighborhood it exists in, and relies on other organizations to help it reach young people who have been incarcerated or involved with the criminal justice system.

Features & Policies

  • Internships in arts and media offered to teens (currently $50 biweekly)
  • For youth aged 8-19
  • Partnered with YASP, YSRP, and The Juvenile Law Center
  • Recruiting done directly in neighborhoods
  • Free of charge
  • Food and drink provided
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Staff members subject to background checks
  • In-person with reduced numbers due to COVID

Languages spoken by staff

  • English


  • Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project
  • Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project
  • The Juvenile Law Center

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