In July 2015, Pride Youth Services (PYS), Inc., opened an office in Philadelphia, PA. During the 2015-2016 school year, PYS Inc., began providing their AMEN & AFFIRM positive youth development programs to the students who attend John Bartram H.S and Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education H.S located in Philadelphia, PA. These programs are sponsored by the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disabilities Services (DBHIDS). PYS Inc., also partners with Dunbar Community Counseling Services to provide other supportive services to these respective schools.
John Bartram High School seeks to create and sustain a safe and nurturing learning environment which encourages all students to achieve:
- Provide all students with high quality instruction supported by a rich, challenging diversified, and relevant curriculum in a clean, safe, and orderly facility;
- Embrace parents and community (faith-based institutions of higher learning, and local businesses) as partners in educating students;
- Create a collegial scholarly teaching and learning atmosphere so that the teachers’ grow and where all staff is visible and empowered as a collegial team;
- Intellectually shape students to purse paths of inquiry, to interpret and evaluate what is discovered, and to express reactions effectively.
The staff, parents, and community members of Murrell Dobbins High School together take responsibility for the achievement of each of their students. They will surround their students with a safe, clean, and nurturing environment that promotes the development of respect and compassion for one another, the community, and the larger world around them. Through a structured environment, active encouragement and support, and challenging coursework their students will develop the confidence and self-discipline to strive for the level of achievement for college and career readiness. They believe the social and emotional development of their students is as important as their academic development, and they acknowledge that learning to cooperate, solve problems, communicate, and work productively with others will help them thrive in an ever changing global society. Every student that graduates from Murrell Dobbins High School will leave inspired to give back to their communities and prepared to make wise career and academic choices for their future.