Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc. (MNMOP) provides multi-tiered services in the areas of early education, adult care, and adult education. MNMOP is classified as a Keystone STARS Level 4 program; the highest accreditation in childcare in the State of Pennsylvania. For three years, MNMOP after school programming has partnered with the National Recreation Foundation to build a robust STEM program for students in grades Pre-K through 8th. STEM vendors from River Bend Environmental Center, SPARKmakers, and Beneficial Bank teach our students lessons in Aquaponics, animal habitates, engineering, robotics, and financial literacy. In 2018, we plan to work with Jefferson University in the area of chemistry as well as Science2theMax for forensic sciences, and TechCORE2 for computers programming. Visits from and trips to the Franklin Institute reinforce the lessons our students learn. We are also preparing for trips to the robotics lab at William Penn Charter School.
ORGANIZATION/PROGRAMOrganization Name: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc.Organization Street Address: 1939 W. Venango StreetOrganization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19140Organization Phone Number: 2152274393Short Description of Organization:
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc. provides quality, accredited services in education and care across generations for the entire family.Program Street Address: 1939 W Venango St
19140Program Phone Number: 2152274393Which one best describes your organization?: Non-ProfitWhich one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: YesIf you answered yes to the last question ("l"), please list those partners.:
River Bend Environmental Center
William Penn Charter SchoolAccepting Mentors: No
CONTENTIs STEM the "core" of your program?: YesWhich type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
- Environment Science
Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes
- Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
LOCATION AND SHARINGWhere is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): OtherIf you chose "other" for the question above then tell us where your program is offered.:
Upper North Philadelphia, specifically the Tioga-Nicetown neighborhoodWhen does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
- After school
PARTICIPANTSHow many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 101-500 individualsHow many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: Between 2 and 5 hours per weekWhich ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
- Kindergarten - 2nd grade
- 3rd - 6th grade
- 7th - 8th grade
Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?: BlackWhat percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 76-100%Who can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals and groupsCan your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Yes (please explain)If you chose "yes" for the question above, please explain how you are able to accommodate youth with special needs.:
We participate in the Head Start program and have special needs students as a part of this program. Our instructors are trained to work with these issues.
FEE/FEE STRUCTUREDo participants need to pay for your STEM program?: NoIs transportation to and from your program provided?: No students walk to our program.