North Light Community Center
North Light Community Center is a place where children learn and play in a safe and nurturing environment, teens learn life and entrepreneurial skills to realize their full potential, and parents seek counsel and civic engagement. Programs include a state-licensed childcare facility with year-round school-age programs, arts and recreation, emergency supports, on-site tutoring, youth leadership training and workforce development, parenting education and access to technology. Programs nourish personal empowerment, help reduce high-risk behaviors and positively impact youth, strengthen families and enrich our community. Driven by a compassionate Board of Directors, dedicated staff, and hundreds of volunteers, North Light is an essential community hub.
North Light's contributions are widely recognized. In 2016, we were named Best Community-Minded Business by popular vote on Manayunk.com. NL was named a 2011 Philabundance (the region's largest hunger relief organization) Favored Food Cupboard, which places us in the top 12% of best practices household provisioning programs in the area, and is listed in the USDA’s National Hunger Clearinghouse database. In 2004, NL was one of four groups honored for outstanding arts programming for youth in the City of Philadelphia's "Year of the Child" celebration. In 1998, The Philadelphia Foundation selected NL as a finalist in the Williams Award for Organizational Excellence. In 1997, NL received a national award from Apple Computer and the Community Technology Centers Network for increasing neighborhood access to technology. NL received the Keystone Award of Excellence as the Governor of Pennsylvania Community Group of the Year in 1986.