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North Philly Project uses education, recreation and mentorship programs to elevate individuals and families as they assert ownership in the rebuilding of our community.


The program empowers youth and families to take charge of their lives. This is done by addressing their situation and empowering them with tools and resources that focus on the following empowerment zones.


North Philly Project was created and exists to be a change agent in North Philadelphia. Our intent is to be a resource of hope and inspiration, helping area youth and their families connect to their life dreams. NPP focuses on programs such as Youth Mentoring and Nutritional Initiatives in an effort to be a needed resource for the building of families and community.

North Philly Project began with a conversation. Former Police Athletic League officer Harold Barnes was speaking with a former player and mentee, Calvin Jones when the question was asked “How can we help turn North Philly around”. That question was posed to many other Harold Barnes mentees. The group included men, women, coaches, teachers, pastors, retired city and state employees. They shared the commonality of being raised in North Philadelphia. They shared the commonality of wanting a better North Philadelphia. They shared the commonality of a vision for change in North Philadelphia. Most of all they all shared a love for North Philadelphia.


Our mantra “I Am Because We Are” speaks to our organization’s philosophy. We believe that individual greatness exist in the lives of people residing in North Philadelphia. When we collectively use that greatness to elevate the quality of life for North Philly, our city realizes it’s true worth. North Philly Project is catalyst of change and restoration of dreams. Get ready because “The Best is yet to come”. Welcome to North Philly Project!


To Mr. Harold Barnes

The light you provided to our community is not forgotten. In your position as a law enforcement officer, you were fair, honorable and conscious of the issues within the community you served.  When the uniform was off you became our father, mentor, coach, referee, big brother, chauffer and sometimes meal ticket. You ran centers at 29th and Lehigh and 27th and Haggart with limited resources or support. Yet you made it work for us. You made it work for families that didn’t have a lot. You made each person feel important by finding the time for everyone.

Countless men and women owe you so much for helping us build the foundations that sustain our lives. In us you have lifelong friendships, people who pray for you, call you and look forward to your trips home to your beloved North Philly.​ It is because of you that there is a North Philly Project. It is because of you that we answered the call of a community in distress, help those marginalized and operate as a team to bring change to the greatest community on earth. It was the example we saw from you growing up that is the blueprint of how to humbly serve our community. If there was no Harold Barnes there would be no North Philly Project.  We love you more than words can ever express. 
~ North Philly Project
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