What’s in the Bag? The Valley Youth House Backpack Challenge 2017

The Valley Youth House Backpack Challenge 2017 closing ceremony took place at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts last week, where funds were raised and essential back-to-school items were collected for kids in foster care. Participating organizations include Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Five Below, iHeartRadio and Valley Youth House.



This year, over 7000 backpacks were collected during the drive, which began on July 25th and ran through August 18th.

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The Closing Ceremony was held at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on August 22nd at 1:00PM!

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 Thomas R. Harrington President & Chief Executive Officer, Mina Say What, Power 99 and the day’s MC, with speaker, former Eagles player Freddie Mitchell

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Freddie Mitchell speaks to the kids, imparting wisdom on getting an education and being discipline


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Jada Washington speaks to the importance of Valley Youth House and how it saved her life, as she navigated through the foster care system. She is now in college and well on her way to a bright future.

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Cynthia Figueroa, Department of Human Services

Aliyah Palmer (c) performed a written word poem to the delight of the crowd

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A happy student with their new backpack

The Backpack Challenge collects school supplies for youth in foster care in Philadelphia, and is made possible through a strong partnership between Valley Youth House, the Department of Human Services, iHeartRadio, and Five Below. There are over 50 collection sites throughout the Philadelphia region, and donations are also accepted through VYH’s online drive.

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What’s in the bag? Lots of great stuff to help the students begin their new year.
Paper, scissors, pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, a sippy cup and a great book bag.
Thanks to all the sponsors and supporters for another great backpack challenge.
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