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What we do.

The South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition (SPPC), a community initiative of United Communities, was formed in 2011 as one of the five coalitions comprising the Philadelphia Coalition Academy. The overall goal of SPPC is to connect organizations that have a stake in collectively addressing the needs of young people, aged 13-18, in South Philadelphia by providing educational, advocacy and social programs to help reduce substance use.

SPPC is a group of stakeholders who are in invested in decreasing the access and usage of drugs and alcohol to youth who live and go to school in South Philadelphia. SPPC is intended to give youth healthy outlets and an opportunity to engage in project-based activities creating positive change, and developing skills around program planning and implementation as well as team building to cope with and combat the challenges of substance abuse in their community. This is done in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services Office of Addiction, School District of Philadelphia, School Safety Task Force, Town Watch Integrated Services, Community Business Owners and the Philadelphia Police Department.


Essential is a youth empowerment program that is part of the South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition. The objective of Essential is for students to learn personal responsibility and community action. This is a substance prevention program for middle to high school grade students who desire an advocacy role, have a serving heart, and want to positively impact their school culture. The program will revolve around three key factors: enriching student learning, activism, and peer accountability.

To join or volunteer with SPPC, or to learn more, please contact Jeffrey C. Jones, Director of SPPC at 215-468-1645 x7233 or