The Anderson Monarch's are a part of the Philadelphia Youth Organization Founded in 1989, the Philadelphia Youth Organization is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit based at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center at 17th and Fitzwater Streets. Since the organization’s creation, PYO programs have been filling a void for disadvantaged youth in the City of Philadelphia. PYO programs include instructional baseball and soccer leagues; high-level travel baseball and soccer teams; and programs for prospective college students. The primary goal of the Philadelphia Youth Organization is to convey the importance and benefits of education to our participants. Coaches are required to monitor the academic performance of their players, and our leagues all feature an educational component. We have been successful at identifying academically gifted children in our program and helping them gain admission into high-quality area schools. We have also helped students navigate the college selection process, and several program graduates have earned athletic and academic scholarship at well-regarded colleges and universities. We are proud of the work we do and feel that it benefits not just the youth and families we serve, but the community as a whole. By providing quality recreation options we give children alternatives to the streets. By providing guidance and mentoring we empower children to make smart, healthy decisions. By providing academic support and college prep work, we help ensure that our participants are equipped to make a positive impact on others. All of this means a healthier, more livable community for everyone.
Our goal is not first place, it's not the hall of fame, its not millions of dollars. It's college. From day one we emphasize the importance of education. We provide our children with the avenues to attend the best gradeschools and highschools in the area and prepare them for higher education. Come by Anderson Yards to see our rapidly growing display of college graduates.
The Monarchs are playing sports year around. We take part in soccer throughout the year and basketball during the winter. Our teams learn the game's fundamentals from day one and advance to take part in competitive leagues and tournaments throughout the city and the tri-state area. From Division I Soccer stars to NBA players, the Monarchs have proven that given the chance, our children can excel beyond expectations.
We not only want our kids to be smart and athletic, we also want them to be aware of the world around them. We require all of our kids to learn about our history as a country and how far we have come. They understand where we are now and are ingrained with the tools for leading us in the future.