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Philadelphia Youth Network receives $40,000 in GSK IMPACT Awards for building a healthier Philadelphia

Category: PYN | Dec 2, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (December 2, 2014) - GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) today announced the winners of the 2014 GSK IMPACT Awards for the Greater Philadelphia region during a ceremony at GSK's facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Nine local nonprofits, including the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), earned $40,000 each in recognition of their exceptional achievements in contributing to a healthier Philadelphia.

The GSK IMPACT Award highlights the following areas in community-based philanthropy:

  • Innovative
  • Measured
  • Partnered
  • Accountable
  • Transformative
Each of the nine awards recognizes a specific community factor that has a large impact on a person's health - outside of the medical care they receive. Recognized for sustainable programs that improve the educational and economic outcomes for youth, PYN President and CEO, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend says good health begins in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.


"PYN is thrilled to receive the Impact Award on behalf of GSK and our partners at the United Way," said PYN President and CEO, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend. "As a collective city, we know that everyone deserves the opportunity to make healthy choices, regardless of where you live, where you work or where you come from. We are proud to work in a city where this important work is possible."

Support from GSK will allow PYN to enhance its work to connect systems and leverage resources to equip young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success.  This grant will support both citywide, collaborative campaigns - such as Project U-Turn, focused on resolving Philadelphia's dropout crisis, and WorkReady Philadelphia, which offers young people academically enriched work-based learning experiences that help prepare them for the workforce - as well as programs that build upon these efforts.

The complete list of 2014 GSK IMPACT Award winners are:

  • Philadelphia Youth Network (@PYNinc) - Building healthy communities by improving the educational and economic outcomes for youth.
  • After School Activities Partnerships (@PhillyASAP) - Building healthy communities by developing high-quality after-school activities and resources to empower youth and strengthen communities.
  • The Center for Grieving Children (@CGCPhiladelphia) - Building healthy communities by supporting the needs of grieving children and families.
  • Community Design Collaborative of Philadelphia (@cdesignc_tweets) - Building healthy communities by strengthening neighborhoods through design.
  • Gearing Up - A Nonprofit Corporation (@gearingupPhila) - Building healthy communities by providing women in transition from abuse, addiction, and/or incarceration with the skills, equipment, and guidance to ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation, and personal growth.
  • Graduate Network, Inc. (@GradPhilly) - Building healthy communities by helping adults complete their college degrees.  
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (@PHS_gardening) - Building healthy and green communities by creating a sense of community through horticulture.
  • University City District (@ucdphl) - Building a healthy, vibrant University City through major investments in public space development, public maintenance, and public safety.
  • Philadelphia Youth for Change (@YouthBuildPHL) - Building healthy communities by helping young people to rebuild their lives (earning their diplomas, learning vital job skills, and providing community services).


About the GSK IMPACT Awards 

The awards are one of several charitable programs GSK offers in the U.S. as part of a commitment to building healthier communities and a healthy America. Annually, for nearly 20 years, we have honored up to 20 innovative and evidence-informed nonprofits that improve the health of the communities where our employees live and work (in and around our corporate campuses in the Research Triangle Park, NC and Philadelphia, PA). A panel of local and national health experts and senior GSK representatives evaluate the applications and determine the winners.

To date, nearly 200 exemplary U.S.-based nonprofits have been honored with close to $8 million in GSK IMPACT Awards. Nearly $6 million has been awarded to approximately 150 local nonprofit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. Applications are accepted from nonprofit organizations that addressed at least one of the following health factors and measures: 1) Diet and Exercise; 2) Education; 3) Employment; 4) Family and Social Support; and 5) the Built Environment. Throughout the competitive process, applicants must demonstrate that their organization has stable operations and is in strong financial health, and that their programming is evidence-informed, innovative, collaborative, replicable or scalable, and systemic.

About GSK

GSK, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information go to, follow us on, or visit our blog ( 

About Philadelphia Youth Network

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is an intermediary organization dedicated to connecting systems and leveraging resources to equip young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. To achieve this mission, we manage and support large-scale, cross-sector initiatives to develop targeted programs that allow early access to educational and employment services for underserved youth in the region.

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