Submitted by: Archye Leacock, Executive Director, Institute for the Development of African American Youth

Institute for the Development of African American Youth (IDAAY) experienced a phenomenal 2013, having its community efforts to engage at-risk youth highlighted in the press.

In October  2013, IDAAY’s Young Father’s United program, a parenting collaborative designed to address the emotional, educational and practical parenting needs of young fathers throughout Philadelphia ages 14-25, was featured in the Metro newspaper.

In November, IDAAY organized youth from around the city for the Tacony Creek Park project where youth converged to clean up the park.  The cleanup, which will actually be done in 3 phases was featured on Lady B’s show on WRNB 100.3FM and KYW Newsradio covered the clean-up the day of, making youth very happy to be featured in the news.

In December 2013, Metro newspaper announced that IDAAY will be one of the two recipient organizations to receive toy donations from the paper’s annual Tony’s Magic Express drive in honor of the publication’s editor that passed away in 2012.  Metro made the announcement via a feature story interviewing IDAAY Executive Director S. Archye Leacock.

Metro did a follow-up cover story covering IDAAY’s annual holiday party where youth received and opened their gifts from the Metro.  Youth and their families also enjoyed a talent show, dance activities and complimentary cate