Variety- The Children’s Charity

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 7 - 8, and 9 - 12

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  • Our program provides a safe environment for students with disabilities to engage in educational, recreational, therapeutic, cultural, and social activities during the after school hours. In addition to keeping youth safe while families are working, our After School Programs help school age children build emotional, social and academic skills through extra learning activities, homework assistance, job skill training, and structured cultural and sports activities, Science Technology art & math or (STEAM) and more.

    Our programs are offered in three locations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Our programs are composed of special education teachers, in the Philadelphia School District and qualified support staff with several years of experience working with youth. In each of our sites we have a high staff to student ratio.


    Organization Name: Variety- the Children's Charity of the Delaware Valley
    Organization Street Address: 2950 potshop Road
    Organization City, State, Zip: Wocester Pa. 19490
    Organization Phone Number: 610-584-4366 X190
    Short Description of Organization:

    Variety- the Children’s Charity’s mission is to build
    independence and self-confidence in children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities.
    The Variety Club Afterschool Program is located in three high school in Philadelphia, PA, and continues Variety's mission through educational, recreational and social enrichment
    activities and year-round programming. Variety
    encourages all children to participate to the highest level of their
    abilities, learn new skills and make new friends.

    Program Street Address: Furness Highschool, Lincoln High School and Widener High School
    Program Phone Number: Variety Afterschool Program
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: No
    Accepting Mentors: No


    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: No
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply): STEAM (STEM with Art)
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Academic Enrichment and Homework Help
    • Arts and Media
    • Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
    • Drop-Out Prevention and College Preparation
    • Literacy
    • Project-Based Learning
    • Sports and Recreation
    • Workforce Development
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • South Philadelphia
    • Olney-Oak Lane
    • Near Northeast Philadelphia
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
    • After school


    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: 101-500 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: More than 10 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • 7th - 8th grade
    • 9th -12th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    • Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    What 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 groups
    Can 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.:

    Variety services youth with all special needs and offers an accessible location.


    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: Yes we give students tokens.



    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 7 - 8, and 9 - 12
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