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North Philadelphia will be revitalized, as dreams of a better life are restored through innovative educational opportunities, the realization of earnings potential, the promotion of sustained unity, and the development of new impactful leadership within families and among youth in our community.


“I AM BECAUSE WE ARE” speaks to our organization’s foundational philosophy. We believe that individual greatness exists in the lives of the people who reside in North Philadelphia. However, it is the work of the collective that unites, sustains, and moves the agenda of renewal and revitalization forward.


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.

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