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LISTEN: IPS Youth Partners Hit the Right Notes in “Royal Dreamz”

Our Intensive Prevention Services youth partners recently showcased their talents and part of their transformation journey in their latest music project, Royal Dreamz ’16. In this raw musical autobiography, our teens share their candid, moving, and sometimes gut-wrenching experiences set to hip-hop beats. For several months they worked with local producers, sound engineers, and our IPS staff to write and produce original music for the 7-song disc. In “Oh Lord” one …Read More

West Philly Activist Brings “Fight Hate With Love” Campaign to PAAN

A West Philadelphia anti-prison activist will bring his ground-breaking campaign to the Philadelphia Anti-drug/Anti-violence Network in an effort to help our youth partners stay out of prison…and it’s all in the name of love. Michael “OG – LAW” Ta’Bon will share is his “Fight Hate With Love” message with our staff and youth partners in our Intensive Prevention Services department within the next few weeks. Ta’Bon will use his penal …Read More

Photos: PAAN Honors Youth Partners at Job Closing Ceremony

Our past and present merged this week as we honored several outstanding youth partners during the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership’s Job Closing Ceremony. Nearly 200 people packed The View banquet hall located at 800 N. Broad Street in North Philadelphia to salute our young people who successfully completed the 8-week Winter/Spring job training program. Forty-seven of our youth partners participated in various training programs in preparation for full-time and part-time …Read More

YVRP Youth Successfully Complete Various Partner Programs

Congratulations to our youth partners from the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership who recently completed the winter/spring session for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program and the Power Corps Program. The Philadelphia Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program offers our youth partners the opportunity to develop their skills over six months in the areas of: Wall and Mural Preparation, Restoration Building Repair, Mosaic Tiling and Masonry, Landscaping, and Carpentry. This year …Read More

Executive Director’s Blog Vol.1: “Killing to be As Powerful As God”

Greetings my brothers and sisters! There are some of you that I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting and others I look forward to getting to know.  My name is Robert Brown. I’ve proudly served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Anti-drug/Anti-violence Network for almost three years now.  It has been my esteem privilege to serve our youth and families as well as lead our dedicated staff to improve …Read More

April Marks PAAN’s 27th Year of Service

This month the Philadelphia Anti-drug/Anti-violence Network celebrates 27 years of service to our youth, families, and Philadelphia’s communities. Take a look back at our rich history and some of the great leaders who started this agency. Below are also a few reflections we think are worth sharing. We look forward to serving our young people in a greater and more effective way in the coming years. We salute all of our …Read More

PHOTOS: PAAN Youth Perform at 1st Album Release Party

Here are just a few of the pictures from our first ever album release party! Congratulations to our Intensive Prevention Services youth partners who let their creativity shine through during a live show at the West Kensington Ministry. They also said goodbye to some of their friends who successfully complete the program. Special thanks to Dr. Kelli Mickens and the hardworking IPS staff, parents, law enforcement, and our partners! Enjoy …Read More

VIDEO: PAAN Supervisor Shot 6 Times Lives to Tell Survival Story

Warning: The following video (posted below) and story contains VERY GRAPHIC material.  Viewer discretion is advised. The images are shocking. The video is hard to watch. Damian Padilla, PAAN’s East District Supervisor for the Youth Violence Reduction Partnership, did not want to leave anything to the imagination. “My presentation is all about reality. It’s not what you see on HBO, Cinemax, or Showtime,” Damian told producers in the documentary “Gun …Read More

PAAN Youth Partner Spotlight: Keith

This month we are putting the focus on our Intensive Prevention Services youth partner, Keith, who recently got a chance to take in a Philadelphia 76ers game.  Keith along with his stepfather had a blast as the Sixers played the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center! Philly lost but Keith won when he got a chance to meet Sixers’ point guard Isaiah Canaan (well his cardboard cut out at …Read More

PAAN Youth to Host 1st Album Release Party

Our Intensive Prevention Services youth partners will host their first ever album release party on Thursday! Come and witness the creative side of our amazing young people during the “Change is Royal” event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Kensington Ministry located at 2140 N. Hancock Street. For several months our partners have diligently worked on original music for the project thanks to the creative direction of …Read More