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School Civics Program
This program explains the process of the judicial system and the different levels it has. Previously to arriving at the school we will present the faculty and students with a specific type of crime. Have the officiants: policeman, lawyer and judge give a brief synopsis of what they do and where they work.


The SPEAK organization strives to educate parents and teachers on how some children are using and hiding drugs at home. Through our presentation, parents and teachers will be exposed to information identifying specific types of drugs that are prevalent inside the school environment. Along with identifying these problematic substances we will also take the extra steps to show the attending adults where adolescents could possibly be hiding these products. 


SPEAK's shadowing program is a short-term career-exploration experience that enables students to learn more about a possible career they could be intested in by shadowing someone from our program. It gives the student an opportunity to see what it's actually like to be a Council person or a State representative. This program is targeted towards freshmen, sophomores, and junoirs and is intended as a developmental opportunity.

The internet is a very powerful tool but with such power comes great responsibility. We all know it is great place to learn, shop, play games, and talk to your friends, but beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Bad things blend in with the good and unless you know how to spot certain dangers you are bound to get into trouble and I don’t mean just getting a virus on your computer. 
Aviation Program With Real Flight Time!
What child doesn't want to learn how to fly? The Speak organization has partnered with Legacy Aviation to offer young adults an opportunity to learn what it takes to become an airplane pilot. This program gives youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. Participants enrolled in this program will be given a tour of the facilities including, but not limited to the airplane hangar and Flight Tower Control. 


Our organization is currently working with schools and local businesses in the Philadelphia area to develop reward incentives for school students who could use a little extra incentive towards working harder to achieving better grades. This incentive program is one of S.P.E.A.K.’s long term projects called the “GOLDEN TICKET” program. It was created to reward students for their outstanding achievements in school. 


Acquiring community service hours for teenagers is often a requirement in order for them to graduate high school. It is also a great way for them to build their resumes. Community service can be a life-changing experience, it may allow them to develop skills they thought they never had like the ability to problem solve or to be able to multitask. 

FAMILY FEUD Anti Bullying Edition
Our newest edition to our Anti-Bullying presentation! "Family Fued", the anti-bullying edition is an informative and fun experience to learn and counteract the perils of bullying. Two teams are chosen consisting of 5 players on each team. Much like the game show each team will get a chance to interact in the game. 


Chef Evans is certified in food safety and has over twenty years of experience being the executive chef for Cottage Green Catering. As the culinary director for SPEAK he is committed to serving his community by giving children the opportunity to learn about the importance of food safety, hygiene and how to prepare nutritious meals by offering cooking demonstrations.



The foundation of S.P.E.A.K. focuses on providing educational information and activities that encourage youth to become responsible members of their community. We aim to empower our children with the courage to speak out on issues that affect their lives and the communities where they live. With each letter of the word S.P.E.A.K, our efforts will be to encourage children to stay in school and understand that education is essential for their future. 


We believe that Staying Positive Equals Amazing Kids.



Jeff Templeton
Executive Director
Aaron Mason
Vice President
Kevin Evans
Culinary Director
Pete Wilson
Staff Member

Tel: 215-786-9997


S.P.E.A.K. owes much of it's leadership, support and hard work to it's Board of Directors. Encompassing the mission and vision of S.P.E.A.K, our Board is a diverse and passionate group of professionals who are committed to helping to deliver effective programs to the community. 

Jeff Templeton is an entrepreneur and youth advocate proudly from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A small business owner/operator and the founder & president of youth advocacy S.P.E.A.K, an overview  of Jeff’s career details a lifelong devotion to personal growth and public service.  As an honors graduate of James Madison high school, Bucks County Technical High School, and Swenson Arts and Technology for graphic arts, education and ongoing learning has been a core pillar of Jeff’s life. This has been borne out not only in his personal life, but also a key element in Jeff’s promotion of S.P.E.A.K’s mission and daily work.

Stacey A. Wright was born in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Philadelphia when he was 12 years old and was rasied by his grandmother, Dorothy Holland (Nana) and Barbara Walker (Aunt Jean). Stacey attended Martin Luther King High School, where he graduated. He then choose to continue his studies Shaw University. While at Shaw University Stacey became a Student Development Intern, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and participated in many on campus activities.  He majored in Business Finance and Accounting. He is currently serving as Chief of Staff for PA State Representative Stephen Kinsey, 

Thomas B Phares is a senior Loan officer at First Choice Bank. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, and graduated from Archbishop Ryan High school. He is married with 3 children; Jessica Phares, soon to be graduate of Pittsburg University; Bruce Phares student at East Stroudsburg University and Matthew Phares Student at Roman Catholic High school. Growing up in the northeast section of Philadelphia he has also been involved with the Mummers Aqua String Band as a marshal and board member.

Timothy C. Brooks was born and raised in the historic city of Philadelphia. Growing up in the Germantown section of Northwest Philadelphia, Tim had the benefit of experiencing a very diverse culture and an ever changing environment. Tim was raised by his late mother in a single parent household with two older brothers, and a younger sister.  Tim is currently a Store Manager Mentor for GameStop Corp. 



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Staying Positive Equals Amazing Kids

PO Box 27698, Philadelphia, PA 19118

(215) 768-9997

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