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Highlights from April Madness Events May 31, 2016

This April, PYB hosted two events to increase awareness for the organization and its mission for youth development, and to raise funds to help subsidize the costs for young people to attend PYB’s Collegiate Summer Camp Series to be offered this summer.  Click the links below to view highlights from PYB’s cocktail party at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington and the April Madness men’s basketball tournament hosted at the Palestra.

Addition to Summer Camps’ Curriculum: NBA Math Hoops May 31, 2016

As part of our off-court academic curriculum for the Collegiate Summer Camp Series, PYB will be introducing the NBA Math Hoops game from the Learn Fresh Education Company to our campers.  It is a fast-paced basketball board game and mobile app that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills,…

Seven New Corporate Interns to Join PYB this Summer May 31, 2016

Beginning this May, seven dedicated and passionate Corporate Interns have joined the PYB team to help with several projects during the formative stages of the organization’s development.  We are excited to announce the inclusion of the following individuals. Isaac Bushnell grew up in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia and is a graduate of Germantown Friends School.   He will be a sophomore at Northwestern University in the fall, where he majors in political science and writes sports for the SB Nation…

Wrap-up of the Middle School Partnership Program May 31, 2016

Saturday, May 21st, marked the last day of PYB’s Middle School Partnership Program. This after-school and weekend program, in conjunction with Temple University’s School of Education, provided student-athletes in the North Philadelphia area with a multi-faceted, comprehensive, and innovative educational opportunity to help them grow to their potential as students, athletes, and active responsible citizens. The program consisted of eighty middle-school aged students, 10 boys and 10 girls from the four schools: Paul L. Dunbar School, Blaine Academics Plus, Jay Cooke…

Program Staff Profile – Greg Corbin May 31, 2016

Greg Corbin, Executive Director of the Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) and PYB’s partnering academic instructor and mentor, shares a little bit about himself, his commitment to holistic youth development, and what motivates him about PYB. Philly-bred, Greg attended Martin Luther King High School and Lincoln University, where he studied biology and philosophy and competed on the men’s basketball team. Throughout the years, the art of poetry has remained a constant presence in Greg’s life. Growing up, Greg listened to…

Back Board Member Profile – Al Parker May 31, 2016

This month, PYB was able to catch up with Al Parker, an integral member of PYB’s Board of Directors and Chairman of PYB’s Development Committee, to learn more about his background and why he is so deeply devoted to PYB and its transformative mission. Al Parker grew up just outside of Philadelphia and graduated from Wissahickon High School in Ambler, PA. He attended Penn State University, where he studied Economics and Finance while also competing as a hurdler and sprinter…

X’s and O’s from Kenny Holdsman May 31, 2016

Today marks the 365th day of the beginning of Philadelphia Youth Basketball as a real live enterprise.  On June 1st 2015, I began my official tenure as PYB’s first employee.  The past 12 months have been the most exhilarating and productive of my “mid career” work life. The creation of a start-up organization, whether for-profit or non-profit, is something that I have become intimately familiar with during the past year.  The metaphor which our staff and board team often use is the…

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