Mission & Approach
Empowering young people as students, athletes, and positive leaders.
Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) is a home-grown youth development and community empowerment organization that leverages the iconic game of basketball to help today’s young people overcome the most urgent and challenging circumstances facing under-resourced communities in our city and region.
Built of, by, for, and with the communities it serves, PYB’s unique equity-building model fuels learning and development of the whole child by blending basketball with engaging 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 evidence-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...