Neighborhood First Program, Inc.

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Summer Camp

Neighborhood First's annual summer camps will be beginning in June. Check back on the webpage for more information!

Trailblazer Summer Camp 

NFP trailblazer’s summer camps offer several recreational outdoor adventures and educational trips during June, July and August. Highlights of Trailblazer’s Summer Camp include museums, pro ball games, overnight camping, rock climbing, and kayaking. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all participants. NFP has a clear and consistent behavior policy. All participants must commit to an “Agreement of Conduct” at the beginning of each camp and trip. We ask that participants fully value themselves, each other and staff, and our environment by following the rules and instructions given. Inappropriate behavior will be addressed immediately and consequences may include participants being sent home and/or suspension from future trips.

Morrisville School District H.A.V.E.N "Bucket Drummers" Program
Bucket Drummer's Club sessions were held for Morrisville borough students, both male and female in middle school grades. During each sessions youth received group bucket drum lessons, life skills/competency skills training and positive role model presentations. Neighborhood First and the performing group provided occasional performances, such as during sports events and school assemblies. 

6th Annual Black History Month Celebration

On February 15th 2013, at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Levittown PA, Neighborhood First presented their 6th annual Black History Celebration. This year's celebration featured a number of performances by the youth in the community. Some members of the community nominated by their peers were recognized as "Unsung Heroes". Over 300 members of the community came out to support the event. The celebration was educational and fun, a way to celebrate the further incorporation of cultures across the course of history.

ASCEND Support Group

On March 14th 2013, the participants of phase two and three of ASCEND were asked to gather at the Neighborhood First building to participate in the first session of a monthly support group facilitated by staff. The participants enjoyed pizza and wings and played a couple ice-breaking games to get to know each other. Two participants won door prizes. After the games, the participants were asked to discuss some real issues for which their input was invaluable. This opportunity provided the participants with a chance to discuss their expectations, successes, failures, and some of the do’s and don’ts of being on probation.

ASCEND Bowling Event

On April 9th, 2013 ASCEND reps Matt and Kayla brought 4 participants back to the Neighborhood First building for pizza, and then took them to Dave and Buster’s to go bowling. The event, while fun, largely served as a way to teach the participants socialization skills, and provided the opportunity for those who participate in the ASCEND program to become a more cohesive group. One participant was able to win a gift card for bowling the best game. Overall, the event was a success in providing these lessons to the participants.

8th Annual Teen Talk Event

On March 16th, 2013, 23 Neighborhood First participants attended the 8th annual "Keepin' It Real - Teen Talk" at the Youth Leadership Institute in Trevose, PA. There was a keynote speaker, breakout sessions, work shops, a college fair, a learning dance, a panel discussion, and meals were provided. It was an educational and enriching experience for all who attended.

Shady Brook Haunted Hayride

Neighborhood First participants engaged in spooky Halloween delight at Shady Brook Farm in Newtown, PA.  The participants were in awe of the spectacular special effects, visually and auditory and experienced frightful fun that only this experience can offer.  After the hayride into the depths of a working farm disguised as the sets of horror movies, the participants enjoyed a performance by extremely skilled and amusing individuals, which showcased the performer's abilities to swallow fire.  The participants interacted with the performers and were even allowed to participate in a trick.  The participants all verbalized having a fantastic time on this chilly, clear Autumn night.  They look forward to being able to experience similar experiences in the near future.

Franklin Institute

Neighborhood First participants attended Target's Night at the Franklin Institute.  The Franklin Institute is a museum located in Philadelphia, PA.  It is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States, dating to 1824.  The Institute also houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.  All participants were especially interested in the museum's CSI exhibit, which focuses on the criminal scene investigations, including fingerprinting, evidence search, and the inner workings of crime scenes.  The participants had a very positive experience and are looking forward to many future trips in order to increase their awareness and experience of the world around them.

Bucks County Links, Inc.

Neighborhood First participants took part in a community building activity with the Bucks County Links, Inc.  The women of the Links were fantastic examples of strong women leaders in the community, and engaged our participants in activities to expand their knowledge of other cultures as well as some of their own.  Participants were exposed to not only wonderful role models, but also gained knowledge and a better understanding of cultures and traditions.  Several participants were able to show their leadership skills by assisting with activities.  The Bucks County Links, Inc. expressed a strong desire to continue facilitating events at Neighborhood First to help foster and develop the potential our participants possess.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Neighborhood First celebrated Martin Luther King Day by discussing the importance of this historical figure and his passion for equality for all, and to serve others by doing community service work.  We also hosted a pancake breakfast and had the honor of having a very special guest visit from Congressman Fitzpatrick.  The 40 participants who attended discussed and had questions for the Congressman regarding the roles, responsibilities and the daily life of a Congressman.  Neighborhood First also participated in MLK Day of Service by cleaning local parks.  Fun was had by all!

Dover Air Mobility Command Museum (AMCM) Field Trip

Participants visited the AMCM in Dover, DE.  Our tour guide was a retired Air Force mechanic.  This trip proved to be informative and very educational.  Not only did our group receive knowledge on the aircraft (affectionately called Connie, which is short for the Constellation) from Penndel, PA (formerly a part of Flannery's Restaurant).  We discovered that this particular aircraft was donated to the museum in 1997 by the Amoco Company for a complete restoration. We also toured other areas of the museum, allowing our group to be given the history on other aircraft from World War II and the Vietnam War. We were privileged to participate in a flight simulator activity used to train pilots today.  This trip proved to be successful as each participant was given a lasting piece of history upon visiting the souvenir shop, their purchases were relevant to the tour.

Mural Mile Walking Tour

Participants took part in the Mural Walking Tour in Philadelphia, PA.  The Mural Mile is 17 of Center City's most iconic murals arranged along a walking route through downtown Philadelphia's vibrant commercial  districts and quaint residential streets.  The participants learned the history of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and why the program was started.  The participants viewed numerous murals with various themes.  They also learned about a new process of putting up murals known as Parachute Cloth Method, instead of using scaffolding.  The purpose of the tour was to prepare the participants for a mural they will design and paint.  The participants had a great time and were inspired by some of the murals that they saw.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Participants toured the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The youth were able to explore various paintings, sculptures, pottery, weaponry, and fixtures that were centuries old.  Participants toured through European Art, American Art and Asian Art .  They were excited to see various pieces of furniture that was centuries old, but looked no more than a day old.  They were also surprised to see a full size Chinese Tea House inside the museum.  The participants learned the proper etiquette of touring a museum and how to properly examine the art without touching it.