As part of his mother’s dying wish, in 2008, Kevin Upshur transformed an old building in Philadelphia into the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center, a non-profit organization which serves as a neighborhood education and resource center. The organization works with the youth of the community, inspiring them to communicate and educate.
Here is their mission:
The mission of Strawberry Mansion Learning Center is:
- To provide a safe haven for local students to learn and grow.
- To provide structured programs designed to promote positive growth and development.
- To provide educational services to enhance students’ academic success.
- To provide students with opportunities to travel and explore the world beyond their neighborhood
- To provide mentors to act as positive examples and role models for students
- To encourage reading and literacy at all ages
- To provide technology services to students and the local community
- To educate the local community on nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and the culinary arts
- To promote computer literacy for all ages, including seniors
- To educate students on the past, present, and future African-American history and their local community
This is a video from NBC news, which tells Kevin’s story, the wonderful history of the building and a bit about what they do:
- They are looking to expand. If you’d like to help, go to their Go Fund Me site: https://www.gofundme.com/StrawberryMansion
For more information, visit their website at: