Simran Sidhu's TEDxPhiladelphia Talk

Executive Director of YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School Tells the Real YouthBuild Story at TEDxPhilly

In 2014,  Executive Director of YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, Simran Sidhu, was asked to present at TedXPhiladelphia. In her powerful talk, Simran shares how YouthBuild students in Philadelphia are touching every part of the city--from restoring John Coltraine's house to maintaining the solar roofs of the Crane Arts Building.

In a city where nearly 40% of 9th graders are not graduating 4 years to not also invest in these highest hanging fruit means that we are just willing to give up on an entire chunk of an entire generation. And at YouthBuild, we are not. And we are consumed, in fact, with harnessing the potential of that 40%  because in our opinion they are not part of the problem, they are the problem-solvers. 

Alexis Bach
"I have wanted to be a nurse since I was about 13 or 14 years old, I’m finally able to do it and it’s amazing."
"I think it’s important to make the connection between leadership development and education."
Ely Flores
"During my time at the LA CAUSA YouthBuild program in East Los Angeles, I discovered that I was indeed a leader and that there were leadership assets within me and within my community."