May 08, 2017

Education For Liberation Conference

On Saturday, May 6th students and staff from the Collab presented at the 8th Annual Education for Liberation Conference in Philadelphia. POWER led a workshop on Youth Media, POPPYN participated on a panel session about Environmental Justice and led a workshop on Foster Youth, Storytelling and Advocacy.


Photo Credit: Visakha Bun, POWER Intern



POWER Intern, Blue, also spoke on an opening panel and performed spoken word. See below for the video.

Apr 26, 2017

POPPYN heads to Regional and Local Conferences to Raise Awareness about Foster Youth

POPPYN is looking forward to presenting “Philadelphia Foster Youth Break the Silence: Where Storytelling Meets Advocacy at the Adolescent Networking Conference in New Jersey on April 27 and the 8th Annual Education for Liberation Conference in Philly on May 6! Workshop participants will include advocates, foster youth, families and educators from across the region. POPPYN will be speaking and screening clips from their episode about the foster care system. 17834407_1397095863674653_6054832543361820828_o



Apr 26, 2017

Up Next: DA Candidate Forum on Juvenile Justice

We’re excited to partner with local orgs and Councilwoman Helen Gym who is hosting a District Attorney candidates forum on juvenile justice. Join youth who have themselves faced the juvenile justice system as well as advocates and activists in demanding accountability at our upcoming DA Candidates Forum.

DA Candidates Forum on Juvenile Justice
May 2, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Ben Franklin High School
550 N. Broad Street

See more info on the Facebook Event Page. 



Apr 03, 2017

Help Send Our Students Abroad This Summer!


It’s springtime once again, which means its time for our annual fundraiser to send our high school students on once in a lifetime trips all over the world. We do this through the Experiment in International Living, an incredible organization who have been sending young people abroad for almost 100 years.

We are partnering with EIL again to send SEVEN of our students abroad this summer!

Although our students have received partial scholarships from EIL, they need more support to off-set travel costs.

We started a go-fund me page if you’d like to contribute or help spread the word.

Thanks for your support!


Mar 28, 2017

Teaching Consent in Philly Schools

We recently received a grant from the Valentine Foundation to expand our consent workshops into more schools in Philadelphia. This spring we will be presenting full day workshops in several high schools to raise awareness about sexual consent and rape culture. See below for a description of the workshop.


In today’s culture, young people are bombarded with messages about sex and consent. Across genders, youth are often navigating these messages and their own boundaries without a firm understanding of what consent actually is. Given the high numbers of sexual assault, it is critical for youth to learn to distinguish between the myths and the facts. In this workshop, students will learn what consent is, why it is necessary and how to ensure that consent is freely given, every time. Students will then apply their knowledge to realistic scenarios (from dating to street harassment) with support from trained facilitators. Students will leave this workshop more informed, affirmed and courageous — to speak up and take a stand.
This workshop includes student work produced in the VOICES and POPPYN Program.

The workshop has also been adapted to target educators. To learn more, please contact