Photo Story: Frontline Dads Opens Safe Space for Teens in North Philadelphia

“We invite partners from across the city to help out,” Jones said in an interview after the event, which was cut short for him to receive hugs of gratitude from supporters. Jones was shocked and moved to receive a “Hero Award” from the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, and his mentor, James Wells, hugged Jones as they reflected on the “full loop” moment.

Frontline Dads founder Reuben Jones thanks his mentor James Wells during the opening of Jones’ organization’s community center for children, The Teen Safe Space on North Broad Street in Philadelphia, Feb. 21, 2022. (Kimberly Paynter /WHYY)

Jones threw his hands up after his son Langston, 11, and his wife, Kaphesia Jones, cut the tape for The Teen Safe Space. “Today is just the start, it’s not the pinnacle of our work, it’s the start of something we want the team to build on and grow on,” Jones said. .

Kerry Foster, with daughter Mova, 3, at the opening of The Teen Safe Space on North Broad Street in Philadelphia on Feb. 21, 2022. Foster volunteers with Frontline Dads, a martial arts instructor and physician who specializes in family therapy . (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The Teen Safe Space will be open from tomorrow.

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