Strawberry Mansion Learning Center & PHA

The Strawberry Mansion Learning Center

Located in Strawberry Mansion Section

Monday-Thursday 3pm-6pm

2946 W Dauphin St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132

We offer tutoring for Mathematics

Strawberry Mansion Learning Center has been featured in the Huffington Post! Check it out:


This building was once a bar that was a meeting place for many of its residents. The owner, Shirley Upshur, and her son Kevin often talked about doing something to give back to the community. The thought of a learning center was conceived. Unfortunately, Shirley would not live to see the vision realized. But Kevin and other like-minded men and women would. Upshur started the nonprofit in 2008 when he transformed the corner building he inherited from his mother—formerly a bar for 40 years—into a neighborhood education and resource center. What was once a dingy taproom—a drain on the community’s vitality and near-empty pockets—now serves up support, mentorship and a different kind of spirit. The corner brick building, peeling with manila paint, is an afterschool safe-haven for kids who might otherwise go home to an empty house or neglectful parents—which, inevitably, often leads to street mischief and juvenile crime. The center is much more than a place to do homework: it is a harbor light for young minds adrift in a community lackluster in motivation and positivity. In other words, “some hope,” says Upshur, “a roadmap to wherever you want to go.”


October 17th, 2015 – Feeding over fifty people at our monthly Feed Philly event, sponsored by American Muslims For Hunger Relief.

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September 15, 2015 – Kevin Upshur speaking at a recent PHA ribbon-cutting ceremony.



August 27, 2015 – With newly elected State Representative Donna Bullock at her swearing-in ceremony



August 15, 2015 – Riding horses at the Sunny Side Ranch with Cowboy Butch


August 24th, 2015 – At the Phillies game, courtesy of AT&T


July 27, 2015 – Feed Philly event, with Councilman Darrell Clarke.


July 22nd, 2015 – Hiking trip at Valley Green Park.


July 20th, 2015 – A tour of the Gordon Street housing projects with Nate from PHA.



July 14th, 2015 – PHA ribbon-cutting ceremony for Oakdale Street Apartments, with Councilman Darrell Clarke and PHA President Kelvin Jeremiah


July 6th, 2015 – Tennis lessons with Brother Salim Ali of the Strawberry Mansion Tennis Association


June 27th, 2015 – Block Cleanup with Dan O’Brien from the Managing Director’s Office.



June 20th, 2015 – Laurel Hill Cemetery Run



June 13th, 2015 – Visiting Ghani Khan, the local director of American Muslims For Hunger Relief


June 9, 2015 – Providing community service hours to Strawberry Mansion High School students.



June 6th, 2015 – Around The World Math Games event with students from Drexel University.



May 6th, 2015 – Broad Street Run



April 29th, 2015 – Visit from members of African-American Business Leaders for Excellence (ABLE)



April 28th, 2015 – Visit to Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, with student Eric Yuan.11203261_467750426708378_5645657120666141833_n


April 14th, 2015 – Visit to the skate park.



March 4, 2015 – Interview with Uke Washington, anchor of CBS Evening News.

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December 10th, 2014 – How To Get Good Grades Workshop with Professor Norman Bell III, Chestnut Hill College.



December 3rd, 2014  – How To Tie A Tie with Luqman Mackey



November 30th – Visit to Chestnut Hill College with Professor Norman Bell III.



October 6th, 2014 – Tutoring with Duval Alexander from Cheyney University.



July 22nd, 2014 – Visit from State Senator Anthony H. Williams and CDC President Tonetta Graham




July 20th, 2014 – Music Lessons with Mr. Stanford Hunt.

Music Lessons with Stanford Hunt