Youth Programs


PIHN services for children and teens were created to foster personal growth in the youth of our program. We have learned from our families that if parents did not have opportunities for personal growth as children, they have little imagination about ways to help their own children develop character. Our services are intended to address the emotional needs of youth experiencing or recovering from homelessness and expose them to new personal growth opportunities.

Children’s Art and Music Therapy

Children and teens participate in art and music therapy sessions facilitated by BuildABridge to foster self-expression. Individual play therapy is also available upon request.

Children’s Extracurricular Activity Scholarships (Sparks Program)

Children and teens (up to age 20) in our shelter and post-shelter program can obtain extracurricular activity scholarships from PIHN for participation in a wide variety of activities year-round. Our goal is for our youth to identify and develop lifelong interests so they can be actively involved in shaping their own futures.

Parents and their children work with PIHN staff to select age-appropriate activities. PIHN has a network of various local organizations we work with to expose our youth to new academic, extracurricular and employment opportunities.

For children:

  • Artology (a summer camp that combines love of nature and art)
  • Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Camp
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Build-A-Bridge
  • Department of Recreation
  • Dream Camp
  • Fleisher Art Memorial
  • Mt. Airy Bantams baseball, football, and cheerleading teams
  • PAL Summer Camp
  • Philadelphia Zoo Camp
  • Settlement Music School
For teens:

  • Academic and athletic travel competitions
  • Class trips
  • College tours and application fees
  • Dance, art, music and drama classes
  • High school baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and track┬á teams
  • Leadership development seminars
  • Music lessons
  • Overnight camp
  • SAT college prep classes
  • School enrichment programs

Teen Employment Programs

Parents and their teenagers in our shelter and post-shelter program can make appointments with PIHN staff to plan recreational, volunteer, internship and employment opportunities.

  • With guidance, participating teens in our program:
  • Create resumes & obtain working papers for summer positions
  • Identify personal strengths as they relate to potential careers
  • Learn what is expected of them in the workplace
  • Network with adults working in their areas of interest
  • Learn how to manage their money