By Justin Udo

By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Temple University is helping high school students from around Philadelphia learn about urban leadership and community engagement through digital literacy.

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During the six week “Urban Apps & Maps Program”, high schoolers worked with college students to strengthen their business and entrepreneurship skills through hands-on projects, like building websites.

“My group’s website is a website that’s based around spreading awareness about our community and cleaning it up and making sure our eco system stays clean and green and we keep it safe.” says 16-year-old Yaw Ajarko.

Ajarko is a rising junior at Mastery Charter Lenfest. He says the program helped give him a strong knowledge of multiple computer coding languages.

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“Now I have skills I know a lot of people don’t know how to do and I can actually apply those and I can put that into my everyday life.”

“We’ve been learning a lot of HTML and CSS to help us code this web site” says 16-year-old Sarah Galal, a junior at Carver High School.

Galal says she’s really proud of the progress she made throughout the program.

“ The high school dropout rate was really a big problem.” says Galal. “What we wanted to do was make a mentorship program for students to find individuals, mentors that have the same interest as them to work on projects together.

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Some of the other projects students worked on include an app that rates attendees experience at the Pennsylvania Ballet and one that monitors environmental conditions, like temperature and humidity.