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The West Philly Promise Neighborhood is a U.S. Department of Education funded grant to support "cradle-to-career" opportunities for children living or going to school in Belmont, East Parkside, Mantua, Mill Creek, Powelton Village, and West Powelton/Saunders Park. The program seeks to improve education, health and economic successes for children, their families, and communities.


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Mission & Vision


The West Philly Promise Neighborhood empowers, strengthens, and uplifts the community. We believe every child deserves a high quality education and to live in a safe and healthy community. We are creating a system to support these values.

Grant Overview


Drexel University President John Fry, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite, PhD, community members and area elected officials gathered at Morton McMichael Elementary School on Dec. 21, to officially announce that the community surrounding Drexel in West Philadelphia has won the 2016 Promise Neighborhoods Program Implementation Grant Competition. Drexel was the lead applicant of the grant, on which the City of Philadelphia, The School District of Philadelphia and several other area groups and non-profits also partnered.


“This grant reflects a broad and deep collaboration across this West Philadelphia neighborhood and I’m so proud that Drexel has played a role.  The overarching goal is to ensure that every child born in the Promise Zone has what he or she needs to be successful in the innovation economy that is growing right before their eyes in their own backyard.”

                                                       John Fry, President of Drexel University