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 Generocity.org.

josh at city hall



Feb 01, 2017

2017 Social Justice Panel Event


Aug 31, 2016

What A Summer!

VOICES and POWER students explored activism through the arts, POPPYN produced an episode about the 2016 Election, four students studied abroad and many others participated in local events including the BlackStar Film Festival and the Youth Action Assembly.

VOICES & POWER Ask: Is Art Revolutionary?

13895283_10154570193797323_8065869705603548074_nVOICES and POWER students came together in our Summer Academy to explore the question: Is art revolutionary? Through an investigation of historical and contemporary examples of street art, murals, photography, music, visual albums, and poetry, our youth grappled with this question to develop their own perspective on the role that art plays in social change. In smaller project groups they sought to: 1) reclaim their identities and neighborhoods through photography, 2) inform the public and debunk myths about street artists through video-making, and 3) move an audience on a social justice issue through performance poetry.

POPPYN Covers the 2016 Presidential Election 


POPPYN interviewed delegates, community organizers during the Democratic National Convention and produced a skit about youth making decisions at the polls. There will be a public screening of the episode this fall at Temple University.

Youth Action Assembly

Photo credit: The Notebook

Photo credit: The Notebook

In July, Collab members joined a panel on education at the Youth Action Assembly, an event organized by the Urban Creators during the DNC. LC member Stormy moderated the panel.



Experiment in International Living

IMG_0952This summer four of our students traveled abroad to Morocco, France, Japan and China through the Experiment in International Living (EIL). Thanks to EIL and generous friends of the Collab who helped fund these life-changing travel opportunities for our students.

BlackStar Film Festival 


In August, “Standardized Madness: How Testing Affects Philadelphia Students,” a documentary produced by Power Interns, screened at the BlackStar Film Festival’s youth program. POWER interns and POPPYN producers also participated in a Master Class on Directing at the festival.



Onward, Graduates!

Congratulations to our seniors! Many are heading off to college this fall. Romao (above with his proud mother, Toya) has just begun his freshman year at Kutztown University. “It’s wonderful,” he says.


Mar 23, 2016

Help us send students abroad this summer!

Four of our high school students will travel and study abroad this summer. For many of them, this will be their FIRST time on an airplane and abroad! Our students have received generous scholarships, but we as an organization need to raise $3,000. Please consider making a donation here!