Our unique history is made of up of a host of dedicated men and women who have worked to establish and build on our legacy of empowering youth, families, and the Philadelphia community for more than 25 years.
Here is a brief look at the two men who made the most significant impact on our agency. Their heart and passion for people were so clearly evident to anyone that came in contact with them. They are remembered as father figures, strong leaders, and activists.
We salute our founder, James Mills, and his successor, Darryl Coates.
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Orginal Street Worker Teams Serving Children And Families Across Philadelphia
James Mills And PAAN Staff Recieving One Of Many Awards
James Mills Is Credited With Starting Philadelphia's Gun Give Back Program
PAAN Once Wrote And Published Its Own Newspaper
Former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode Is One Of The Pioneers Of The Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network
Darryl Coates Was Mentored By James Mills Before He Led The Agency
Mills Recognized That Growing Partnerships With Other Organizations Was An Effective Way To Make A Greater Impact On Our Youth
Coates Was Highly Regarded As A Father Figure. He Spent Countless Hours Taking Care Of Anyone In Need.