Achieving Independence Center (AIC)

The Achieving Independence Center exists to provide a safe communal space where youth in dependent care can be connected, educated, and empowered as they strive toward attaining and maintaining independence.

The AIC is dedicated to providing support and real-life tools for youth who want to invest in their future. Youth work with AIC Coaches to create a customized service plan that will help them to achieve their goals related to completing high school/GED, enrolling in college/vocational school, computer literacy, employment/career planning, housing, permanency, and personal development.

1415 N. Broad St.

Suite 100

Philadelphia, PA 19122

215- 574-9194

Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence

For over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence has positively impacted children and communities in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties in PA and NJ. We don't create potential in a child, we just foster and protect it.

123 S. Broad Street, Suite 1050

Philadelphia, PA 19109

(215) 790-9200 

E:[email protected]


Covenant House

Provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness. We help young people transform their lives and put them on a path to independence.

31 E. Armat Street

Philadelphia PA 19144


Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf -educates students to succeed by recognizing and developing individual strengths, building confidence, and collaborating with families and communities in a nurturing, dynamic, and language-rich environment steeped in cultural awareness of Deaf, Hearing, and worldwide diversity.

100 West School House Lane,

Philadelphia, PA 19144-3404

(215) 951-4700 (V)

(267) 331-4748 (VP)

Transportation: (215) 951-4759

Security: (267) 549-8068

Email: [email protected]

Temple - College of Education and Human Development

Grandma’s Kids is an after-school program that targets children in formal or informal kinship placement, foster care, and single-parent households, as well as low-income children and at-risk of violence and disparities that can mitigate their academic progress.

Courtney Poprik, MSW
Program Coordinator

[email protected]



Working Papers 

Office of Career and Technical Education

The Office of Career & Technical Education is responsible for issuing working permits for all Philadelphia students ages 14 to 18.

440 North Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Portal C

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

Phone 215-400-4130

Fax 215-400-4232