About the Backpack Challenge

The Backpack Challenge is a ​collaborative ​community effort​, spearheaded by Valley Youth House and the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, ​to collect backpacks, school supplies, and funds for youth at the Achieving Independence Center.

​There are many ways to get involved, from hosting a collection site, donating school supplies or backpacks, or becoming an event sponsor. If you're interested, contact Valerie Johnson at vjohnson@vyhphila.org or 215-925-3180 today! ​

You're invited to join us for the Closing Ceremony on August 27th at 2pm at the Impact Hub. The event will be emceed by Wired 96.5's Buster & Mijo, and we'll hear from the Impact Hub's Rashaun Williams, Here's My Chance's David Gloss, VYH alum Gabrielle Taylor. There will also be a youth performance coordinated by local rap artist Chill Moody.
Hope to see you there!​

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$500 Donation

A donation of $500 can provide a laptop to a youth attending college without access to a personal computer.

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$100 Donation

A donation of $100 can provide a care package of dorm room essentials to a youth beginning college.

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$50 Donation

A donation of $50 can help to offset tuition and dorm fees not covered by financial aid.

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$25 Donation

A donation of $25 can purchase a backpack stuffed with school supplies to a youth in need.

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Make a donation within your budget and help the Backpack Challenge!

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