Skip Navigation Skip to Footer


Our Story


Promise Neighborhood is a U.S. Department of Education funded program to support "cradle-to-career" opportunities for children living or going to school in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. The program seeks to improve education, health and economic successes for children, their families, and communities. 

The Promise Neighborhood works with children from birth until they graduate from high school and transition to college or career and provides funding at each of these levels. 

Image from "Building a Culture of Results: A Guide to Emerging Practices in Promise Neighborhoods" Center for the Study of Social Policy

about lockup placeholder

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.

Read More