Better Tomorrows provides a wide range of Programs across our Family (Youth and Adult) and Senior Sites.
Our Core Programs provide a focus on proven methods that measure our impact towards our mission to empower individuals, families, and neighborhoods to thrive across all those in our reach. We also support many other diverse activities that appeal to the needs and desires specific to each of our sites and their communities.
Choose a combination of filters to get a glimpse into the various ways in which we strive to create better tomorrows!
How to use these Filters: In order for the program to appear below, it must match at least 1 criteria in both Age Group and Program Type. If you check off more than 1 in either category, it will list all the programs that cross match with either selection (e.g., Youth AND Health OR Education, Strong Communities AND Adult OR Senior).
Youth aged 8 to 18 years are encouraged to meet challenges within their communities by exploring science, health, and citizenship opportunities.
Youth participating in these program excel beyond their peers, including:
* Four times more likely to make contributions to their communities
* Two times more likely to be civically active (Grades 8-12);
* Two times more likely to make healthier choices (Grade 7);
* Two times more likely to participate in Science, Engineering and Computer Technology programs during out-of-school time (Grades 10–12);
* 4-H girls are two times more likely (Grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (Grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.
An array of art courses – sometimes including more advanced classes such as photography and Photoshop – are offered to residents of all ages. Classes are designed to provide education of the arts and technique and skill building. Better Tomorrows partners with local artists and art advocates to provide instruction.
Better Tomorrows organizes trips to museums, local galleries, and special exhibitions to promote art appreciation and community involvement.
Better Tomorrows staff provides college preparatory courses and individual counseling to help youth and adults ascertain a strong educational foundation, and meet necessary pre-requisites for college admittance. Moreover, staff members share resources on financial aide opportunities, and how to personally finance advanced education. When appropriate, Better Tomorrows partners with evidence-based college prep organizations. Learn more about how this support changes the lives of people facing adversity here.
Older people who rated their quality of life as “good” were less likely to experience social exclusion. Better Tomorrows staff regularly plan special events designed to unite and strengthen the local community and prevent social exclusion. Learn more about one of these events here.
Better Tomorrows computer facilitators teach residents how to not only use a computer, but also how to use various online and technological programs. The goal of these classes is to help residents and community members become savvy computer users who can effectively apply this body of knowledge within employment and educational settings.
Better Tomorrows partners with local food professionals to teach individuals basic culinary skills and how to prepare nutritionally balanced meals. The programming includes: encouraging youth, adults, and seniors to explore new foods, instruction on the science of eating, and reinforcing healthy lifestyles.
Better Tomottows Entrepreneurship classes help emerging entrepreneurs build vibrant businesses that create employment opportunities, provide needed goods and services, serve as role models, and establish community gathering places that contribute to community revitalization. These classes promote personal independence and professional advancement that teach residents how to take ownership of their careers.
Better Tomorrows organizes community gardens where individuals are trained in horticulture and learn responsibility, work and life skills, and the nutritional values of fresh produce. The gardens are cultivated and maintained by residents and the produce that is grown is sold to residents at below cost (or to famers markets at market rate) to raise money to maintain the garden.
Better Tomorrows staff in tandem with community volunteers lead Daisy, Brownie, and Girl Scout troops. These groups promote civic involvement, friendship, entrepreneurship, and independence through fun, interactive learning experiences and activities.
Parent(s) / Guardian(s) and their children are invited to participate in Better Tomorrows Health Fairs, where local health providers and human services organizations provide educational opportunities and resources aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles.
This innovative program teaches youth about the science of space and space travel. Youth learn about established projects at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) while generating their own ideas and models.
Better Tomorrows provides safe, financially accessible, structured activities for children after school and during the summer. These free, supervised OST (Out-of-School-Time) activities are designed to be engaging and educational while promoting civic involvement and independence. Moreover, they allow parents and guardians the time and opportunity to successfully complete responsibilities without worrying about the well-being of their children.
Early Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education can promote a lifetime interest in these fields. At select Better Tomorrows sites, staff members provide specialized robotics and STEM activities for youth. These educational opportunities facilitate structured exploration and promote academic curiosity.
Better Tomorrows’ residents interested in advanced educational opportunities or technical training are provided guidance and application assistance to available scholarships. Better Tomorrows staff members help residents identify and obtain educational scholarships.
Better Tomorrows partners with the US Soccer Foundation to implement the evidence-based youth soccer program that supplements a youth soccer league with curriculum focused on health, mentoring, and family strengthening. The Soccer for Success program has impactful results, according to a recent study:
Ninety-four percent (94%) of participants said they try harder in school as a result of this program;
Eighty-nine (89%) of participants in the overweight and obese categories decreased their Body Mass Index (BMI) percentile;
Eighty-two percent (82%) of participants said they make healthier choices about food or drinks as a result of this program;
Seventy-three percent (73%) of participants reported spending less time watching TV or playing video games as a result of this program; and
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of participants said they like exercising more as a result of this program.
Learn more about this partnership program here.
Teens aged 13 to 18 years old come together to discuss life events, concerns, questions, and the future while providing emotional support for one another. The Better Tomorrows staff facilitates group meets weekly, and consistently promotes higher self-esteem.
Better Tomorrows partners with local basketball programs where trained basketball coaches organize league games and practices. Mentorship and goal setting is a critical part of Better Tomorrows basketball leagues. Partners include Sonny Hill and Rebirth of Camden's Tyheem Baker. Learn about one of these great partnerships here.
Trained instructors and experienced riders organize cycling activities for youth. Interested children and youth participate in skill conditioning, racing competitions, and goal oriented training. Such partnerships include the Bicycling Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
A majority of participants find the program environment comfortable enough to express themselves, and view cycling as a symbolic activity.
91% of youth reported that they enjoy cycling.
76% stated they can really be themselves while at the program.
69%, stated that it would be very hard for them to leave the cycling program even if they wanted, indicating an apparent normative commitment amongst participants.
Better Tomorrows team, Team Jackie Jones, is always looking for new sponsers and partners.
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