20+ Great Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer

Whether you’ve got a budding artist, activist, or future tech wiz on your hands, these Philly summer activities will keep ’em entertained, engaged, and energized. Here, our 2021 guide to warm-weather things to do with kids in Philadelphia

By Emily Goulet

A Better Way To Teach Reading

Two-thirds of Philly third graders are behind in reading. Will a new program the District is launching in September change that? The answer may lie in Bethlehem, PA.

By Jane M. Von Bergen

Citizens of the Week: Germination Project Fellows

Local teens continue to blaze trails in far-ranging fields, from finance to science and beyond. Grownups: Consider yourselves warned.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Philly Under Fire Episode 5: “Killadelphia”

The latest episode of The Philadelphia Citizen’s podcast exploring stories and solutions from the front lines of Philly’s gun violence epidemic looks at the toll of gun violence on Philadelphia’s youth

By Jo Piazza

“Yes, and…”

Two recent Penn grads are pioneering an improv program for teens in Philly’s public schools. Its impact is no laughing matter.

By Mahala Garcia-Bartch

The Citizen Recommends: Young at Art

Throughout the week of April 26, enjoy free daily online mini concerts borne out of a collaboration between three iconic local arts groups: Play On Philly, Astral Artists and Mural Arts Philadelphia

By Jessica Blatt Press

Citizen of the Week: Dr. Dan Taylor

The St. Christopher’s pediatrician is constantly finding new ways to uplift Philly youth. His latest endeavor: Need-a-Net Philly, a grassroots movement to repair basketball hoops—and restore dignity to neighborhoods.

By Jessica Blatt Press

Vote Like the Kids

Thanks to a citywide volunteer effort to get 18-year-olds to the polls, they came out in record numbers last year. Now they’re taking the work statewide to keep the momentum going

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy