Boys Book Club

Changing the lives of young men in Philadelphia

  • In May 2013, one young man made a public presentation in front of over 1,000 people. Read the speech
  • Currently, ten boys/young men remain in the book club.
  • During the summer of 2014, four boys/young men were part of the city’s Work Ready Program.Youth in the program worked for six weeks, at the rate of $7.25 an hour and were able to work a maximum of 120 hours. One day a week, youth in the Work Ready Program were involved in educational activities e.g., resume writing, work attitudes, etc.
  • One boy/young man was a volunteer intern in a Culinary Arts Program.  He attended two to three days a week during the month of August.
  • During the 2013 -2014 school years, three boys/young men remained on the honor roll.  .All students continue to improve their grades.
  • Eight of the ten boys/young men will be attending various high schools in the city of Philadelphia.
  • One young man is attending drum lessons and learning to balance creativity with academics.
  • February 2015 - The Boys Book Club's founder, Lenora Thompson, is honored as a Gamechanger by CBS Philly

Proof that books are more than words on pages