Mission & Approach
Empowering young people as students, athletes, and positive leaders.
Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) is a community-built youth empowerment organization that leverages the iconic game of basketball to help today’s urban youth overcome the most urgent and systemic issues facing underserved communities.
Built of, by, for, and with the communities it serves, PYB’s unique equity-building model combines engaging group activities and Sport & Society modules with real-world life lessons – from health and wellness to personal growth and leadership. This holistic approach to youth development hinges on the accessible, culturally credible Coach-Mentors at PYB, many of whom come from the same neighborhoods and circumstances as the young people we serve.
Entrepreneurial and evidenced-based, PYB helps thousands of young people find their voice, value and visibility during their critical formative years — to bring about meaningful community change and lasting economic mobility.
PYB employs a holistic program model delivered by a dedicated network of accessible, culturally credible Coach-Mentors and volunteers with the support of a high-capacity Board of Directors and inclusive staff team. This ‘PYB Family’ whole-heartedly shares a belief in the power and potency of basketball when purposefully blended with:
- positive coaching and mentorship,
- academic enrichment,
- health and wellness, and
- leadership development opportunities.
Dear Friends of PYB, June 1, 2019, marks the beginning of the 5th year of operations for Philadelphia Youth Basketball, and we are proud to report that the start-up phase of building a robust and relevant organization has been achieved. This foundational work, which...