Philadelphia

Valley Youth House 2018 Backpack Challenge – How You Can Help

The 2018 Backpack Challenge kicked off on Thursday, July 19th and continues until Thursday, August 23, 2018. You still have time to help out.

The Backpack Challenge raises funds and collects essential back to school items for foster care youth. From its humble beginnings, the Backpack Challenge has grown from a small collection drive to a national program due to the strong partnership between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Five Below, iHeartRadio, and Valley Youth House.

The Backpack Challenge gives young people in foster care the tools needed to pursue and achieve their educational goals through the support of their own communities. From 2013 to 2017 in Philadelphia, the number of collection site partners more than doubled and we raised over $100,000 for local youth.

This year, our goal is to stuff 4,000 backpacks and collect $30,000 to support youth in foster care. In addition, we are collecting funds to assist in the purchase of laptop computers for our first year college students.
A few students who are benefiting from the Backpack Challenge
Sean Brace
Shawn O. Mack
Development Officer
Valley Youth House
A student talks about how Valley Youth programs have helped her succeed in life, as Rep Brian Sims looks on

You can find Backpack Challenged collection sites here