Kids and Youth Programs

Dreaming of Spring

In partnership with NKCDC’s Urban Agriculture Program, join us for a free 4-week indoor gardening class! This class will cover topics such as seed planting, pollinator plants, and garden planning. Classes will be offered in English, and translation support is available. 

Friday Night Lights

Free youth soccer is back! Join Esperanza and the Kensington Soccer Club for an hour of fun, skill-building, and teamwork every Friday from 6:00 pm to 8: 00 pm. This program runs from January 26 to March 22. Space is limited.

Philly Youth Basketball

Philly Youth Basketball is currently offering free basketball training for youth in 5th-8th grade at The CORE on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. now through June 2024. Pre-register using the link below or drop-in. 

Community Connections

Yoga 4 Philly

Join us in partnership with Yoga 4 Philly for a free, beginner-friendly yoga class! Experience the benefit of stress reduction, improved flexibility and posture, and mental clarity and focus. Classes are held every Monday at 6:30 pm and Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Childcare is provided.


Young at Heart Seniors Program

With the goal of combating social isolation among a vulnerable population, Young at Heart provides a space for older adults to gather, laugh, learn, and share life stories and experiences together. They bond over food, crafts, games, educational lessons, and occasional field trips. There’s always great joy at Esperanza when the Seniors are around! The program meets every other week on Tuesday mornings.

Parents Circle

Our parent circles are a space for parents and caregivers to share, learn, and connect with others on the same journey. Each week, we discuss different topics related to parenting, with the goal of learning from the experiences of others

Community Leadership Training

Community Health Promoters

An 8-week training on addressing physical, mental, relational, and spiritual health topics. This course aims to empower participants by enhancing their skills and confidence to discuss health, deliver health-related presentations, and facilitate resource connections. Classes will be offered in Spanish in Spring 2024. Graduates are awarded a Health Promoter Certificate and often pursue opportunities to work or volunteer with diverse community organizations, including EHC.

CORE Action Team

The CORE Action Team is a resident advisory board that speaks to Esperanza Health Center’s community programming and development decisions in the Kensington area. Members must either live, work, or worship in one of our service zip codes and commit to a one-year term, with the potential of renewal. We meet monthly and accept new members on a yearly basis.    

Practical Avenues to Health

This 4 to 6-week program is an extension of the Community Health Promoter Program and is designed to be completed in small groups. This includes a series of short lessons and discussion questions on various health topics, including relational, emotional, mental health, holistic health, and dddictions that may be presented at local churches and community organizations.

Community Resources

Esperanza Fresh 

Esperanza Fresh is Esperanza’s annual donation-based farmer’s market. Through a generous partnership with America’s Grow-A-Row, we offer fresh produce from a farm in New Jersey at our sites in Hunting Park, Fairhill, and Kensington. The program runs for the growing season roughly August-October.


This monthly resource fair provides essential resource items to community members. Resources are available from The Simple Way, NKCDC, The City of Philadephia, and more! Please click here for more information.


For more information on our programs and registration, please contact Lianette Pappaterra, Community Health and Wellness Administrator