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Press Highlights

Fab Youth Philly has had the privilege of having our work featured in various settings, journals, conferences, opinion pieces, on television and in other types of print publications. For press inquiries, please contact us.

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As Olney High School graduate Sheila De La Cruz prepares for college this fall, they're working as a Philadelphia play captain helping to bring safe fun to neighborhood streets in Kensington.

Grid Magazine,
Oct. 2022

Whose Streets? A summer Philly staple transforms through the pandemic and the city's gun violence crisis

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42 teens ran neighborhood play spaces around Philly this summer, engaging younger children while learning to be leaders themselves.

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‘Children still live there’: The fight for safe summer play in Kensington

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New children’s book about ‘Play Captains’ stars a real life Philly ‘Yaya’

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Philly's Teen ‘Play Captains' Help Kids Have Fun While Staying Safe

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Play Captains bring Playstreets to life in Kensington


Philadelphia has a lifeguard shortage. This program paid teens to fill the gap.

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City councilmember calls for hearings on Philadelphia Youth Network after summer of complaints about teens not getting paid

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Philly organizations complain after nonprofit fumbles paying teen workers

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WHYY, July 2022

PlayStreets hires teens to run programs on Philly blocks, and trains them to respond to gunfire

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Philly neighborhoods celebrate teen ‘play captains’ at kickoff event

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El programa “Play Captains” intenta motivar a los niños a salir a la calle a jugar, mientras que adolescentes pueden aprender a ser mejores líderes cuidando y ayudando a los menores.

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Teens Honored at Play Captain Celebration


Drexel University
June 2023

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fab Youth Philly Partner for Teen Lifeguard Training.

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Philadelphia Youth Network promises changes in Work Ready program after summer of complaints

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After concerns of violence closed a pool and several Playstreets, neighborhood groups are working to shift perceptions of Kensington

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Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2021

Play Captains work and play with children at Norris Square Park in Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

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Philly is making it easier to turn your block into a place for play this summer

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Playstreets of Wonder program helps kids get a leg up on summer learning

More Press

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