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Knowledge is a ticket out of poverty

The Salvation Army has actively served America's youth for over 132 years.

Our Corps Community Centers, including The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Philadelphia, offer recreational activities, educational and enrichment opportunities, religious and character-building programs such as Sunday school, youth troops, music classes, athletics and sporting events, computer and homework labs, arts and crafts, camping, and more.

How we help empower youth:

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Centers

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center provides children and families with opportunities to discover and develop passions and talents within their own neighborhood. This state-of-the-art community facility provides arts, education, and athletic opportunities for children, adults, and families. Visit the Nearest Kroc Center.

Summer Camps

For many kids, summer camp is the first time they will see the world outside of their neighborhood. Each year, we enable thousands of children from low-income families to enjoy fresh air, exercise, and new friendships through our annual summer camp programs. This camping experience is more than just a few days away from home. Here, children learn new skills and self-reliance. Trained counselors, who understand their emotional needs, help them mature and grow. Camp activities include learning to swim, scouting, arts and crafts, music development, and sports. Learn about Camp Ladore.

Sports, Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

Healthy minds and healthy hearts are vital for kids at every age. We provide safe activities that are either free or at a low cost to meet the needs of youth in each community.

Dance, Art and Music

The arts are being cut from schools facing budget restraints or treated as an elective. We disagree. Music, dance, and art are crucial for youth development and enrichment. Our diverse programs offer instrument training, painting, drama, dance, poetry, and more.

   After-School Programs

We bring children into an environment where learning continues long after the bell rings. The Salvation Army operates after-school programs to give kids a safe place to play, do homework, and pursue extracurricular goals. During a time where they could otherwise be at risk, we open our doors to kids for growth in literacy, sports, arts, music, and more. Learn about The Learning Zone. 

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