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E3 Power Centers

Program model: Access points, case management and year-round programs for out-of-school youth and formerly adjudicated youth

The E3 Center model is a neighborhood-based, holistic approach to preparing out-of-school youth and youth returning from juvenile placement to achieve long-term educational, career and personal goals, including self-sufficiency. Philadelphia’s E3 Centers are designed to provide supports along three interrelated pathways: Education, Employment, and Empowerment, the three E’s. The educational pathway provides a broad array of educational services that support youth at varying academic levels, including: low-literacy supports; GED-prep classes; and post-secondary access and planning. The employment pathway provides intensive work-readiness programming that prepares participants for unsubsidized employment. Preparatory services include job-readiness training, subsidized internships, community-service and service-learning opportunities, as well as job search assistance. Using positive youth development principles as the cornerstone, Empowerment services support the development of life skills that help youth promote and sustain productive and healthy choices. E3 members, as participants are called at the Centers, when successful, accomplish the following outcomes:

  • Increased literacy and numeracy skills
  • 21st century and work-readiness skills development
  • Attainment of a GED or High School Diploma
  • Post-secondary placement
During Program Year 2011-2012:
1,029 youth were served across the City’s five Centers with the following results:
  • 53% of participants received a credential
  • 57% of members secured a post-secondary placement

Youth Eligibility

  • Ages 16 to 21
  • Have dropped out of school, and/or returning from juvenile placement (referred through the Reintegration Initiative)
Contracted Provider Organizations Center Location / Phone
The Bridge, an affiliate of PHMC E3 West Center 4111 Lancaster Avenue
Communities in Schools of Philadelphia E3 Southwest Center CISP Education Center
5407-09 Grays Avenue
Congreso de Latinos Unidos E3 North Center
(formerly E3 Girard)
2800 N. American Street
215-763-8870, ext. 7224
JEVS, Human Services E3 Center City 112 N. Broad Street, 12th Floor

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Philadelphia Department of Human Services

System Connections:

Reintegration Initiative


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