Philly nonprofit opens safe workspace for students

Haneef Hill is founder of Philadelphia nonprofit Urban Kings and Queens, which has partnered with Providence Baptist Church in Germantown to open a learning center for kids ages 10 and up.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A youth-focused nonprofit is creating a safe workspace for students to help families as the schools shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Recently," said Haneef Hill, founder of Urban Youth Kings and Queens, "we learned that a lot of school districts have decided to go 100% virtual, which in turn has put a burden on a lot of parents who have to work and who don’t have the ability to stay at home and work."

Hill's organization is teaming up with Providence Baptist Church in Germantown, opening a learning center geared toward children ages 10 and older, in an effort to ease the burden placed on families during the pandemic.

"The program is really a supervised remote site for children to drop in during school day hours to complete their school activities," he explained.

What makes the center unique are its programs, ranging from sports and basic school lessons, to life skills and entrepreneurship.

"Maybe one of the children likes art or dealing with finance," he said. "We want to encourage these children to explore these possible opportunities and look to (not just) being a student but how to start a business at a young age."

The alternative work space will provide free WiFi and educational mentors.

Hill and his staff are also planning a clothing drive to raise funds to renovate their neighborhood park.