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

Mar 22, 2017

WHIP Radio Interviews POPPYN about Foster Care Episode and City Council Screening

Check out this WHIP radio interview with POPPYN Producer Josh and Coordinator Nuala about our recent episode on the Foster Care System.

Mar 04, 2017

The Collab receives “Youth Outreach Award”

Temple’s Black Law Student Association has awarded the University Community Collaborative the Youth Outreach Award at their recent Gala for Black Excellence. Leader Corps member Kayla Watkins (right) accepted the award on behalf of the Collaborative.


Feb 16, 2017

POWER Interns join the Philly Black History Conference!


Our POWER interns documented 8 hours of the Philly Black History Conference as the youth media team.  They also led the closing plenary where they shared Collab films and spoken word/musical performances.

Check out the video they produced below:


Feb 14, 2017

POPPYN screens Foster Care Episode for City Council!

In 2016, POPPYN, our award-winning youth news program, produced a compelling 40 minute video about the foster care system. Inspired by POPPYN producers who have spent time in care, this episode addresses the concerns, hopes and fears of foster youth in Philadelphia. The video also includes the voices of foster parents and highlights local resources available to foster youth. POPPYN is an after-school program for high school students based at the University Community Collaborative at Temple University.   We hope this video will support local and national advocacy efforts and be useful for foster youth — and the communities that serve them.

On Wednesday, February 22 at 3pm in the Caucus Room at City Hall, POPPYN will be screening a 12 minute clip from this episode with city council members (including Councilwoman Helen Gym and Councilwoman Cindy Bass). A few of the youth involved in this episode will be present for a post-screening  Q&A and discussion.  The commissioner of DHS and local advocates and CUA leaders will also be in attendance.

To learn more about the episode, check out this article from

josh at city hall