Students Run Philly Style


A Restorative Approach

MileUp is Students Run Philly Style’s diversion program designed to keep students ages 11-17 out of the criminal justice system, build protective factors, and prevent long-term system involvement. In partnership with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and Drexel University’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, MileUp serves Philadelphia youth facing misdemeanor and/or felony charges. The program creates connection and community for young people in Philadelphia and provides positive, healthy habits and relationships that students can carry with them throughout their lives.


MileUp runs in two 12-week cohorts per year (Spring and Fall) and follows the SRPS model with the goal to complete either the Broad Street Run or the Philadelphia Half Marathon. The team is led by youth advocates – who serve as mentors, coaches, and case managers – and supported by volunteer and peer mentors (MileUp program alumni). 

When students complete the MileUp program milestones, they have restitution fees paid to victims, the opportunity to have charges dropped, and they become eligible for expungement of arrest. MileUp also provides peer mentorship employment opportunities for students upon program completion.

Our Goals

Provide youth with a positive caring adult relationship to help them reach short and long-term goals and remain outside of the juvenile justice system

Help youth build skills to overcome adversity and manage stress through exercise on the way to positive achievement across all aspects of their lives.

Provide a restorative, strengths-based option to increase positive outcomes in youth diverted away from juvenile system involvement.

Build in restitution support to reduce potential debt and continued system involvement for youth and their families.

Provide youth with long-term sustainable support.

Increase family/guardian engagement and create opportunities for youth to have positive interactions with law enforcement.

Our Impact

SRPS partners with Temple University’s Sport Industry Research Center (SIRC) which evaluates each season of the program. Based on seven seasons of the program, outcome analysis consistently shows that

80%+ of youth report an increase in protective factors, including resilience, participation in positive community activities, positive outlook toward the future.
92% of youth will achieve milestones to reduce the risk of further system involvement (get paid restitution, clear charges, and expunge arrest).
90% of youth will not experience an arrest/delinquent offense, be committed to a juvenile facility, or be sentenced to adult prison.
82% of participants maintained or increased their aspirations for the future.
87% of participants maintained or increased their use of positive coping skills.
86% of participants maintained or increased social support from mentors.
79% of participants maintained or increased their self-worth.

For more info contact: Madison Helmick, Program Manager of Justice Initiatives,