PHA Extends Student Support Partnership with Boys and Girls Club
Agreement means students at 8 PHA communities will continue to get vital learning supports
(Philadelphia – March 1, 2021) — The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has extended its agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia through the end of the school year to continue to provide remote learning support for school-aged children at eight PHA developments.
PHA adapted the Out of School Programming model at the start of the school year, so that the Boys and Girls Club would provide programming five days per week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Abbotsford, Raymond Rosen, Spring Garden, Wilson Park, Johnson Homes, Harrison Plaza and Bartram Village.
The programming being provided by the Boys and Girls Club includes learning support, internet access, access to materials and supplies, and oversight of children as they engage in remote learning. Staff members ensure that students are accessing their schoolwork in a quiet and nurturing environment. They distribute meals to the students during their school day and offer assistance with their assignments when needed. They also oversee adherence to COVID-19 rules and regulations, ensuring that students and staff are safe.
“Based upon the work performed to date, especially adapting to the challenges created by the public health crisis, the PHA board made the decision to continue these vital services,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. “Students living at these sites are depending on this programming, and we cannot let them fall behind in their studies. We wanted to assure their families that this support will continue until July 1.”