The Community Youth Foundation sits in the heart of Montgomery County Pennsylvania, which is home to a vibrant and diverse business community. We aim to provide a bridge between the business community and local students. By fostering programs that support our local kids in transitioning from students to the future workforce, we hope to enhance the standard of living for both the local businesses as well as residents.
Our Programs Include...
Strengthening Literacy Skills
The Community Youth Foundation promotes literacy through its Annual Community Reading Day. Each year nearly 120 volunteers from the business community take one morning to visit a second grade classroom and talk about their careers and read a pre-selected story to the class. Over 2500 students in the Montgomery County region participate. Each classroom is gifted the book selection of the day.
To extend the literacy connection, the Community Youth Foundation also participates in an ongoing book drive which provides elementary school children with new and gently used books in the hopes of sparking curiosity and a love of reading while also providing much needed reading material for families that may not have stocked book shelves at home.
Increase Career Awareness
The Community Youth Foundation connects local school districts with the local business community to teach students about a wide variety of career options. Local businesses offer students an opportunity to learn about diverse career options through speakers visiting schools, mentoring programs, volunteer opportunities and scholarships to select career-related summer camps.
By connecting high school students with these opportunities, we hope to show career options for a variety if skills and education levels, including college-bound opportunities like careers in finance, marketing, law and healthcare fields. We also offer students an opportunity to learn about alternatives such as careers in trades such as construction, plumbing, HVAC, welding, paralegal, aviation and health care tech. Students learning from community members already in the field will gain a deeper understanding of the schooling, skills and day-to-day requirements. Armed with this information, students feel more confident in their post-graduation planning.
Increasing Career Preparedness
The transition from being a student to a productive professional can be a challenge. The Community Youth Foundation, with the help of local business partners, strives to give students the skills and know-how to enter the workforce with confidence.
The Community Youth Foundation aims to provide programming to enhance employability through resume writing, interview techniques, personal finance management, problem-solving skills and healthy digital media habits.
Youth Program Events
We offer a variety of programs throughout the year. Check out events page for a list of upcoming events near you. Here are some of our signature evevnts.
The Community Youth Foundation is proud to present, Show Me The Money: Success Without a College Degree. This panel discussion is for high school juniors and seniors and their families, who are interested in learning about career options that may not require a four year degree. The panel discussion will take place on Monday, October
The Community Youth Foundation is proud to support the North Penn School District Office of School and Community Engagement with their initiative, Build-A-Bag backpack and school supply drive. School supplies are collected by local businesses and supporters through the month of July. Backpacks, pens, pencils and other important school necessities are assembled, in August,
The average American spends more than ten hours a day in front of a screen, according to the Nielsen Company Audience Report. The Community Youth Foundation is proud to support free, local viewings of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age. This documentary film explores how the latest technology and gadgets impact kids and parents today.