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About GPEC

Our Mission

The Greater Philadelphia Extracurricular Collaborative’s (GPEC) mission is to support improved social, academic, physical, and behavioral outcomes for children, by working with a broad coalition of critical stakeholders to improve the quality and reach of the out-of-school time and extracurricular ecosystem in the Greater Philadelphia region.


Our multidimensional effort incorporates education supplements, workforce development, and family support so that children reap benefits across every part of their lives.

Our History

Prompted by Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia in the spring of 2020, a joint task force formed to assist the struggling sector in the wake of COVID-19. The task force included representatives from the philanthropic community and a variety of out-of-school-time providers.


Throughout the summer of 2020, GPEC engaged in coalition-building, sharing best practices for virtual learning, addressing concerns related to safely resuming in-person programming, and building new pathways of communication with both the City of Philadelphia's Office of Children and Families and the School District of Philadelphia.


In early 2021, GPEC completed a fundraising campaign for start-up funding to launch the association, begin accepting members, and complete a long-term business plan.

Our Leadership

Seven of the founding participants volunteered to lead this Collaborative in our second year. Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia is acting as the temporary host as GPEC launches.

  • Beth Devine, Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative

  • Justin Ennis, After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP)

  • Rebecca Fabiano, Fab Youth Philly

  • Shira Hodges, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

  • Laura Johnson, Sunrise of Philadelphia, Inc.

  • Wendy-Anne Roberts-Johnson, Need in Deed

  • Stanford Thompson, Play On Philly

Advisory Committee

In addition to the members of the GPEC Leadership Team, an Advisory Committee of over 40 individuals provide advice and support to this Collaborative. We thank professionals in the following organizations for their partnership:

After-School All-Stars
Philadelphia Community Stakeholders
After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP)
Philadelphia Hune Inc.
Asian Arts Initiative
Philadelphia Robotics Coalition
Beech Companies
Philadelphia Young Playwrights
City of Philadelphia Office of Children and Families
Philadelphia Youth Network
Connelly Foundation
Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative
Counseling Or Referral Assistance
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
Philly Pops
Episcopal Community Services
Play On Philly
Fab Youth Philly
Police Athletic League of Philadelphia
Fleisher Art Memorial
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation
Horner Foundation
Pennsylvania's Afterschool Network
Indochinese American Council
Rock to the Future
Lenfest Foundation
Rostair Foundation
Lincoln Financial Foundation
School District of Philadelphia Office of Strategic Partnerships
Montco Family Services
Seybert Foundation
Need in Deed
Sunrise of Philadelphia
Nelson Foundation
The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia
Norris Square Neighborhood Project
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Parent Power
Vetri Community Partnership
Pembroke Philanthropy Advisors
Zhang Sah
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