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Workready Summer Job 2018

Another exciting summer job opportunity for youths of ages 14 – 18 years to come participate in an exciting chance to get paid to learn during this summer.

Carefully follow the steps in the flyer below to apply for either our service learning position (T122) or internship position (P118).

After completing the online application on PYN Workready website. Please click the link below to download, print and fill out the enrollment form.

Please call 267-738-9473 (Anja) to schedule an enrollment session, after applying and completing the enrollment forms.

Poplar: Community Learning Farm Fills Need, Establishes Roots

The oldest of its three farms was founded in 2005 next to the East Poplar Playground on 8th Street, between Brown and Poplar streets. The farm partners with the nearby recreation center, providing produce for the meals for after-school programs and summer camps. It also has community garden plots available for rent to nearby residents who want to grow their own food and a weekly farmer’s market that begins in the spring. Please click here to read the complete article by Philadelphia Neighborhoods

— Text and images by Evan Easterling and Tom Ignudo.


We are quickly approaching our one year anniversary at Bok in South Philadelphia! Not only has this move been fiscally good, it has been strategically incredible! For a long time, I had believed that we should be out of Center City and back into the community . . . and Bok offered us a wonderful chance to do this and, in doing so, join an incredible hub of creative people, innovators, artists, other non-profit agencies, and so much more!

We have been able to put our experience and skills to work here as part of the Bok community. Over this past year, we provided pre-screening hiring services for both the Bok Bar (Bok’s amazing rooftop summer bar) and Humble Dumplings (the food vendor for Bok Bar). During the summer, we were able to place many of our high school students into amazing internships with many of the businesses in Bok! We had internships with furniture builders, clothing designers, a boxing gym, a Yoga studio, and much more! We culminated the summer internships with a gallery show featuring the creations of our students . . . all related to work. There were spoken word performances, drawings, paintings, fashion design, and much more!

This year, our year-round in-school program, USLA 2.0, will be focused on seniors at South Philadelphia High School. We are excited to begin programming at this vibrant school.

We are excited that our partnership with Opera Philadelphia is moving out of its pilot period and into a full program year!  Through this partnership, we introduce students to careers in technical theater! One of only two such programs nationally, we are excited about what is planned for the next three years!

We are VERY happy to announce that we are the recipients of a $25,000 grant from the McLean Contributionship to help with improvements to the Community Learning Farm at 8th and Poplar! This will go towards the addition of a new barn, new fencing, improvements to the classroom area, upgrades to the high tunnel, and a new and portable farm stand – among other improvements! And, to add to this, we have a group of Temple University engineering students who are working to create a state-of-the-art rain catchment system for our high tunnel!  The new, taller fencing will provide greater protection from vandalism, which has been a regular problem on the farm. Through this farm we will expand our partnership with the East Poplar Playground and its Director – Ty Gross! We will provide more farm-based educational opportunities for the children and youth that participate in programming at the playground. We are very excited about this expansion of our work. Marta Lynch, our Urban Farmer/Educator for 8th and Poplar, has done an amazing job building on this long term relationship!

We are also happy to announce a $45,000 grant from the Pierce Family Foundation. This is our third year of support from this incredible foundation – and, these funds help us maintain our farm team of Adam Lauer and Marta Lynch! We deeply appreciate the continued support of the Pierce Family Foundation!

I do continue to ask for your patience as we reconstruct this website. We were hit with a huge data loss due to issues with Hostgator, our previous host. We lost nearly a full year of updates and information. We have moved to a new host, however the damage done is unrecoverable – so, we are working to manually get everything back together. We appreciate the help of our IT team from PFit, Inc. and Rilwan Bello from our team!


FNC Welcomes Aramark Volunteers for Aramark Building Community Day

This coming Tuesday, September 20, FNC will welcome over 175 Aramark volunteers to our 8th and Poplar location as part of Aramark’s annual day of service, Aramark Building Community Day.

There are many educational and transformative activities planned for the day, including the creation of an outdoor collaboration space, adding a community garden area, the revitalization of the East Poplar Recreation Center, and the enhancement of our high tunnel. Aramark volunteers will also be painting inspirational murals that our partners and community members will enjoy for years to come. Additionally, Aramark dietitians will volunteer their time to lead a nutrition workshop, using fresh garden ingredients, for the FNC community.

As you see, many of these projects center on improving the health and wellness of our community and partners. We know that focusing on the health of our community and partners is one important way that we can build strong neighborhoods and a thriving community in Philadelphia. These ABC Day activities also reinforce our recent work with Aramark, and American Heart Association, as FNC was part of their Healthy for Life community pilot program this past spring. This 12- week program of health and wellness education was very well-received by our community.

Thank you in advance to all of the Aramark volunteers that will be donating their time next week to FNC. Aramark has been a trusted partner of FNC’s for over nine years now, and we are continually grateful for their support. We can’t wait to see all of the great work that will come out of Aramark Building Community Day!

R*Health Summer Cohort

R Health Summer Cohort flyer

Spaces are limited!

Call these numbers Now to get on the list

Willie (215) 769-1100 x 6759

Culinary Connections Cont.

We are so proud to present the continuation of Culniary Connections with Jevs Human Services. The next class starts in May 2016. Click here to complete the pre-screening application.

Culinary Connections continues

For more information, click here or

Contact us on 267-298-1618 or

Summer Job

We are partnering with PYN workready to present an opportunity for teenagers to come participate in an exciting chance to get paid to learn during this summer.

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Application Instructions

In order to apply for a summer position with Teens 4 Good please click here to print out and complete the application package, obtain parent/guardian signatures and attend an Application Info Session.

Please bring all items listed on the first sheet to the info session, you may bring your parent or guardian.


  1. Visit
  2. Complete green section “I would like to start a new application” 
  3. When you hit “start application” it will send you an email with your password.
  4. Use this info to log in where it says, “I’d like to continue my application”
  5. Reset password and come up with security questions, then hit submit.
  6. Use your new password to log in where it says, “I’d like to continue my application”.
  7. Complete application, where it asks for a contract code be sure to enter T122

Click here for Farm site locations

Application Information Sessions


May 16th 2pm – 5:30pm
May 23rd 2pm – 5:30pm

May 19th 2pm – 5:30pm
May 26th 2pm – 5:30pm

Workready Dates and Times

From July 5th through August 12th. 20 hours per week, from Monday – Thursday.

Smooth Moves

On the 19th of this month (March), the Teens in our R* Health program are hosting a community event titled Smooth Moves. There will be open yoga sessions to show different health-benefiting moves, and making of fresh smoothies. They are inviting everyone to come participate.

“I’ve learned so much from this program, especially during the yoga sessions. We were taught proper breathing skills, and that has helped reduce a lot of stress”



Check the flyer below for more information.

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2016 Teens 4 Good CSA

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“I love everything about the Teens4Good CSA. The produce is always excellent, the farmer and farm staff are knowledgeable and kind, and the price is unbeatable!”
– Arielle Middleman, CSA Member.

What is Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial commitment between farmers and their community. Members pay in advance before the start of the season and receive a share of the harvest. This provides operating capital for the farm and allows the farmer to plan for the season. In return, the farmer provides CSA members with a weekly share in the bounty.

Why Join Teens4Good CSA?

“The Teens 4 Good CSA was a great experience and definitely worth the cost. I loved the weekly variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Great portions and the produce was always in great shape. I also enjoyed the weekly newsletter’s recipe suggestions. Looking forward to participating again this year!”
– Brian Cassidy, CSA Member.

Know Your Food!

Know where and how your food is grown, who grows it, and partake in the miracle of growing food. All of our produce will come to you fresh and chemical free.

Be a Part of the Community!

Become involved in a community of growers and eaters committed to healthy food and a cleaner environment. Participate in workdays, workshops, receive weekly newsletters filled with stories from our teen farmers, recipes, and information on produce in your share.


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The share cost is $400 for 24 weeks of produce. The CSA will run from the beginning of May to the end of October. Limited shares available.


Each weeks share includes 6 or 7 items including herbs, flowers and occasional fruit.
For example: 1 bunch kale, 1/3 lb bag spring mix, 1 bag arugula, 1 bunch beets, 1 bunch asparagus, 1 bunch scallions, 1 bunch herbs.


You have 3 pick up options

  1. Wednesday from 3pm-6pm at the 8th and Poplar Farm.
  2. Tuesday from 3pm-6pm at the North Light Community Center, 175 Green Lane.
  3. Thursdays from 3pm-6pm at the Schuylkill Center

If you happen to be out of town on a Wednesday, you may arrange for someone else to pick up your share for you or you can opt to have your share donated to a local food pantry.


Please understand that CSA members share the risks and bounties with our farmers. Weather, pests, and children have all been known to wipe out our crops. Our members also share the bounty associated with a good year. These may include early tomatoes, huge flower bouquets, and plenty of juicy berries!

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How to Sign Up
  1. Email or call (914)-257-2735 to confirm a space is available.
  2. Send a check for $50 to FNC, 1528 Walnut Street Suite 200 Philadelphia PA 19102 by March 1. Or click here to make a donation via Pay Pal and email that you have done so.*
  3. Pay remainder owed by April 1. Payment plans are available on a case by case basis.*

* When submitting your payment: Include your name, address, phone number and you pick up day and place.

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Culinary Connections Story

It’s hard to believe that it had been three months since Jevs Human Resources collaborated with FNC to present “Culinary Connections” program.

Here are some testimonies from the participants:

“I realized I want to give a hand to the underdog…Maybe working in a hospital, or helping out senior citizens, or volunteering in a shelter. Food training – these skills – allow you to get a blessing without getting a blessing, if you know what I mean.”
– Othelia

“Life hits you, and when it does, you realize ‘I have to do something,’…And so going back into the classroom, learning what you don’t know, and then being able to show what you do know, is great!”
– Patrick

Visit Jevs’ website, to read more about the success of the program.

1901 S 9th Street, Bok room 212
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 982-2115