Community Health Enrichment Empowerment Resource Services

It is our mission through collaboration and cooperation with the community to effectively instill and impress upon our youth values conducive with self improvement and the betterment of our communities.

This mission will be accomplished by:

  • Creating self worth through positive motivation and objective outlooks for their future.
  • Providing our youth with the necessary resources to become contributing members of society.
  • Empowering our youth to make positive decisions therefore impacting positive change upon the community and their lives
  • Enriching their lives through exposure to positive community involvement with an emphasis on self control and education.




(215) 686-3380



Philadelphia Police Dept.
Community Relations Unit
Fax: (215) 686-3399

C.H.E.E.R.S is a Philadelphia Police Department program hosted by the Community Relations Unit.


The challenges faced by today’s youth are many and can become overwhelming. Violent acts committed by some of our youth have shown to have a negative impact not only on our youth, but also, the communities in which they live.

    Statistical data collected from January 2011 through January 2014 determined that the largest groups of individuals most affected by violent crimes (shootings and homicides) in Philadelphia were individuals between 18-24 years of age. In an effort to change that tide, it is necessary to focus our attention on causal effects on the years proceeding adulthood. Thus, the focus should be placed on juveniles that are to be at risk of such future behaviors.

    The Community Health Enrichment Empowerment Resource Service Program (C.H.E.E.R.S.) was created to provide our youth, 8-17 years of age, with the necessary tools to make well informed decisions when confronted with situations that may negatively impact their lives. The program runs on six  to eight consecutive Saturday’s and concludes with a relay tournament and a graduation ceremony/luncheon.

   Approx, three hundred and fifty (350) at risk youth from ages 8-17 participate in the program. This program is geographically located in nine areas of our city plagued by high incidents of violence. The C.H.E.E.R.S. program is a collaboration between the Philadelphia Police department, School District of Philadelphia, Behavioral Health Organizations, Faith Based Organizations, Community Groups, Private Interest groups, and other City Agencies.

    Through this combined effort utilizing resources available within our city, the C.H.E.E.R.S. program will have a positive impact on our city’s youth.


     The retired Deputy Commissioner Charlotte Council started C.H.E.E.R.S. in 2008 with two sites, operating the program two times a year; fall and spring.  In 2011 it was turned over the Community Relations Unit. The program is now operating one time per year in nine different locations in Philadelphia that is plagued with high crime. 

Program Information

The Community Health Enrichment Resources Services (C.H.E.E.R.S.) program is for children ages 8 - 17 years old.

Breakfast & Lunch are served every week.


March 4th 2017

9:00am - 1:00pm 

"Defining Success"

March 11th 2017

9:00am - 1:00pm

"Communication & Listening Skills"

March 18th 2017

9:00am - 1:00pm

"Dangerous Situations"

March 25th 2017

9:00am - 1:00pm

"Anger Management, Empathy, & Sympathy"

April 1st 2017

9:00am - 1:00pm

Game Day - No Workshops

Location:  Temple University Pearson and McGonigle Hall (North of Montgomery on Broad St)

"Learning Healthy Competition"

April 8th 2017

9:00am - 1:00pm

Closing Ceremony - No Workshops

Location: Cozen PAL Center 732 N. 17th St. Philadelphia PA 19130 (Brown & 17th St)

"Show and Embrace Love"


Lauretha Vaird Boys & Girls Club |  4800 Whitaker Philadelphia PA 19124

ARIA Hospital | 4900 Frankford Ave Philadelphia PA 19124

Dixon House | 1920 S. 20th Street Philadelphia PA 19124

Christian Stronghold Church | 4701 Lancaster Ave Philadelphia PA 19131

Dr. Ethel Allen Promise Academy | 3200 W. Lehigh Ave Philadelphia PA 19132

Holy Trinity Presbyterian |  1100 W. Rockland St Philadelphia PA 19141

James Finnegan Recreation Center | 6900 Groves Ave. Philadelphia PA 19142

Wilson Park Community Center | 2501 Jackson St Philadelphia PA 19145

2017 Presenters

Curtis Ghee, P/O (Sexting)

Darlene Chapman, P/O (Anti- drug)

Late P/O Moses Mom (Topic of the day)

Men for a Better Philadelphia (Topic of the day)

Ms. Ermeia Pearsall (Emotions)

Operation Town Watch (Bullying, Fights & Guns)

Philadelphia Anti-Drug Anti-Violence Network (Anger Management Empathy & Compassion)

Philly Speaks (Emotions)

Police Officers (Covering the topic of the day)

Red Cross - (Dangerous Situations)

Tyrone Green, P/O Special Victims Unit (online dating and Bullying)

Villanova University Interns (Human Trafficking)

Women Organized Against Rape (Online and Cell Phone usage)


All C.H.E.E.R.S. Program children must obey and adhere to the following rules to have the privilege to attend the C.H.E.E.R.S. Program.  Violations to the following RULES can lead to dismissal from the C.H.E.E.R.S. Program. 

Click below for Program Rules & Regulations


Register Your Children Today!

We have two easy ways to register your child into the C.H.E.E.R.S. Program

 Register your child using our web-based Registration Form.

Download and Print the Registration Form to mail or fax to us.