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Fortress Arts: Strong Ties to Economic Revitalization

Launched in 2019, FA:STER, rooted in the arts, brings entrepreneurship training and civic engagement to an economically depressed section of the Kingsessing neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia. In 2020 and 2021, Fortress partnered with Empowered CDC, Inc. to expand and evolve the program to include gardening and Black Political Education and thanks to a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, were able to engage teens on site in an outdoor garden and virtually.

Thanks to a generous grant from the City of Philadelphia's Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma ReCAST program, our program will run July - Sept 2023
Wednesdays, 6 - 8pm ONLINE | Sat, 9am - Noon in Person

  • Ages 14-19

  • Must live in the Paschall-Kingsessing neighborhood

  • Peer leadership up to age 26

  • Classes for business and financial literacy, community education, and civic engagement in the form of community clean-ups, gardening, and mosaic art installations.

Participants will earn up to $800 plus other perks  


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