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Our Story

How Turning the TIDE came to be


In 1994, Taylor Tabernacle began researching the development of a community technology center.  With clear research confirming the community’s need for computer literacy, Taylor Tabernacle moved forward with its technology center.  In 1998, Taylor Tabernacle initiated a construction effort to refurbish an under-utilized portion of their facility and build a modern technology center.  In 1999, Taylor Tabernacle’s community technology center called the TIDE Center was launched as a pilot project. After a successful period of delivering free basic computer classes, the program was formalized in a more permanent state in 2001, with the incorporation of Turning the TIDE as an independent 501(C)(3). 

Today, Turning the TIDE has shifted its focus away from technology alone and has widened its scope to meet the growing needs of its community members.  While still operating the TIDE Center, Turning the TIDE also runs The Education Center, The Garden, The Launchpad Center, and the Young Leader's Council.  These programs are linked together through their focus on equipping clients with the skills and resources necessary to improve their lives. 


* The above mural is located in West Philadelphia and was created by Philadelphia-based artist, NDA

 
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Turning the  TIDE

       at a glance  

     Programs Delivered to Empower

TURNING THE TIDE's programs include:

THE TIDE CENTER

provides open access to computers and basic computer education courses


THE LEARNING CENTER

provides K-12 homework help and adult basic education courses 

THE GARDEN

community-based urban garden where volunteers provide hands-on education to youth and adults about the basics of growing fruits and vegetables

THE LAUNCHPAD CENTER

provides college admission and college readiness guidance to high-school students

YOUNG LEADERS COUNCIL

team of talented, high-achieving young adults who work alongside Turning the TIDE staff to develop and deliver youth empowerment programs  




 

Meet The Team

Staff Members and Board of Directors

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Rev. Jonathan Ford

Executive Director

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N'Jameh Samuels Ford, JD

Deputy Director / Director of Program Development

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Rochelle Scott

Program Manager, Technology Services

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Lynn Rossiter

Program Coordinator, The Garden

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Helena Wyche

Adult Education Tutor, The Learning Center

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David Craig

Program Coordinator, The Garden

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Anani Samuels

Website & Social Media Administrator

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John Cureton, II

Board Member

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David Edman

Board Member

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Marcie Travagline Abrams, JD

Board Member

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Akeem Franklyn

Board Member

 
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