Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs
The Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs opened its doors in January 2004 and is the centerpiece of Project HOME's revitalization strategy for the St. Elizabeth's/Diamond Street section of North Central Philadelphia. The 38,000 square-foot, four-floor mega-center is technologically loaded with the most progressive hardware and software systems for education and learning, making it the largest and most advanced facility of its kind serving low-income populations in Philadelphia.
- 255 computers
- Smart Boards (interactive white boards) in every classroom to help facilitate interactive learning
- The latest wireless networking technology to support flexible learning environments and accessibility
- Two classrooms that are wired for distance learning so that courses can be shared with others in real time.
ProgramsOver 1200 children, teens and adults benefitted from programs at the Learning Center in 2011. Currently, the Center offers:
- After-school programs for sutdents in grades K-8 and 9-12 that focus on improving math, reading and writing skills
- Adult Program that focuses on technology skills and workforce development
- Community Partnership School
A key component of Project HOME's neighborhood revitalization efforts is strengthening the future of Philadelphia's youth. The K-8 Afterschool and Summer Programs at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs provide a safe, nurturing an academically-challenging environment where children are encouraged and assisted to achieve their potential.
Afterschool Program: The Afterschool Program at the HLCCTL focuses on raising literacy levels, encouraging a love of reading and boosting math skills. Children are taught to be technologically savvy through the use of cutting edge computers and educational software. The program happens Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm, and students are served hot, nutritious meals every day.
Summer Program: The summer program at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs provides a safe, fun and supportive environment for incoming K-8 grade students. Activities include literary and math enrichment, academic tutoring, computer and technology skill building and art, swimming and cultural learning experiences.
The camp is open to children who are currently enrolled in the Afterschool Program but is based on an application and first come, first served basis. The program runs five days a week for 8 weeks, and there is a weekly fee of $25 per child, with discounts given to families enrolling more than one child.
For a broader description of the program, please download the PDF
For more information, please contact the manager of the K-8 Program, at 215.235.2900 ext. 6204
The mission of the H.Y.P.E. Teen Program (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence) is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for students while encouraging their educational development through technology, literacy and critical thinking. Specifically, the program is a college preparatory program that seeks to prepare teens and families in previously underserved areas to achieve college success through the mediums of career and college readiness, college access and successful college retention.
The program uses a four-prong approach to helping students become college ready: Academics, Entrepreneurship and Career Exploration; College Access; and Mentorship.
The Teen Program happens every day after school from 3-6 pm; however, most students come two or three times a week, depending on his or her class and tutoring schedule. Snacks are served starting at 3 pm, and classes begin promptly at 4 pm.
Although we do not offer a full summer program for our high school students not participating in either a summer internship or the ACE program, we do offer limited academic support classes and tutoring.
For a broader description of the program, please download the PDF.
For more information, please contact the manager of the Teen Program, at 215.235.2900 ext. 6307
The Adult Learning and Workforce Development Program provides computer classes, career trainings, job readiness workshops, life skills workshops, GED classes, adult basic literacy classes and access to other resources to help local residents improve their lives, gain employment and pursue higher education. Every adult learner starts his or her personalized program by meeting one-on-one with a staff member and discusses goals, history, and chooses appropriate classes. Classes occur on a rotating basis, so check back frequently for new schedules.
Additionally, we host an annual career fair and other special events that are aimed at helping adults develop the skills necessary for success.
The Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs also features open computer lab hours for adults. Labs are open Monday-Thursday from 4-6 pm, and Fridays from Noon-3 pm. Hours are subject to change, so we suggest calling ahead.
The Benefit Bank: The Benefit Bank is a national program that helps Americans determine what benefits they are eligible for, and helps ensure that they receive all of those benefits in full. The Bank is a counselor-assisted free service that helps people file state, federal income tax and amended federal income taxes and apply for food stamps, Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Prescription Drug Assistance (PACE).
Customer Service Trainings: In partnership with the Urban League of Philadelphia, the Honickman Learning Center offers a 6-week series of training classes that prepare individuals for careers in call centers and other customer service fields. Students receive stipends and resume and job search assistance, as well.
For more information or to be added to our mailing list, please contact the manager of the Adult Learning Program, at 215.235.2900 ext. 6117