Norris Square Neighborhood Project

The mission of Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) is to unite and inspire youth and families using the strengths of the community: shared cultural wisdom, creative energies, and environmental spaces and experiences.

NSNP was founded in 1973 and began as a small project created to help educate and protect children living in a section of Philadelphia that was notorious for its deadly drug culture. A local fifth grade teacher and a professor at Eastern University created an educational program for youth, with a focus on environmentalism. The two women collaborated with volunteer teachers, artists, and community residents to create an educational center that was culturally connected to the children of the West Kensington neighborhood.

NSNP’s half acre of urban gardens was created between 1980 and 2006 by the women of Grupo Motivos led by co-founders Iris Brown and Tomasita Romero and community residents. Each of the six gardens represents and embodies the diversity of the Puerto Rican culture and West African diasporas in Philadelphia.

NSNP’s work has grown in scope as the predominantly Latinx community has expanded. The environmental, food, farming, arts, and cultural education programs have helped strengthen and unite the community and contribute to positive outcomes for youth as they strive to succeed in school and in life.

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