Trades for a Difference was founded by Jordan Parisse-Ferrarini, a construction consultant and design build contractor from Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Ferrarini is familiar with the adversities and pressures facing many young adults from humble beginnings who grow up in our city. He believes that positive guidance, opportunity and educational resources can help them attain success. Trades for a Difference focuses on at-risk youths and young adults within our communities, offering job skills training and entrepreneurial learning relevant to the construction trade industry. Mr. Ferrarini works with the Board of Directors to ensure that our strategic direction is based on a clear vision of self-empowerment and life success.

Jordan Parisse-Ferrarini holds multiple trade licenses and certifications including a Construction Management Certification from Temple University, an ICC Master Electrical License, an NAHB Carpentry Certification, and is also an Authorized OSHA Trainer. He is a nationally awarded and published design build contractor having received the NKBA National 30 under 30 Award and Project of the Year Award (Go Mt. Airy). He is also a Pennsylvania 4th Senate District Community Champion Award recipient, a Leadership Philadelphia’s Keeper’s Class of 2017 Alumni, a recipient of the Changing Landscapes Award from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, as well as a myriad of other honors and awards. His works have been featured in Philadelphia Business Journal, Philadelphia Magazine, and Kitchen & Bath Design News. Jordan is an avid public speaker engaging audiences at universities, national trade shows and community engagement platforms. His passion is developing social enterprises capable of combating complex social issues. He firmly believes that entrepreneurs can change the world.


Joseph Green is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. While an undergraduate Entrepreneurship Major, Joe recognized an opportunity to offer something different in the baking industry. With 16 years of baking experience, Joe Launched Affinity Confections in 2014. Since the launch of Affinity, he has become a public speaker advocating creativity and entrepreneurship for children in public schools and universities. As an award winning business plan writer, Joe has been featured in several publications for his business works with charitable organizations throughout the city of Philadelphia.


Carlos Masip hails from Philadelphia, PA. He attended Penn State University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Management. He continued his education at La Salle University, earning an MBA with a concentration in Accounting. While studying at Penn State, he embarked on his first real estate venture at the age of 20. Now, a decade later, Carlos is a seasoned investor who also sells real estate as a licensed agent in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Shir-Rhea M. Watson-Moore is a financial leadership coach who is passionate about spreading financial literacy. After several years on the service side in the financial services industry, she partnered with Stewart Financial Services, a finance firm dedicated to providing clients with financial knowledge and freedom by helping people find, save and accumulate money. Shir-Rhea educates her clients on the various financial solutions for different events in their lives. In addition to assisting families with implementing their financial goals, Shir-Rhea has a strong desire to motivate other entrepreneurs, coaching that “All dreams are possible with hard work, determination and dedication”. In early 2014 Shir-Rhea quit her 9 to 5 to start a new chapter in her career, eliminating the invisible glass ceiling and placing the outcome of her career solely in her hands. Shir-Rhea now operates Stewart Financial Services, Philadelphia, PA and Richmond, VA, teams. She is a registered representative, holding her Series 6, Series 63, life insurance and annuities licenses in various states. Her mission is to spread financial literacy to families, individuals and children across the world.


Jarell Johnson, born and raised in Philadelphia, is a graduate of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Political Science. During his time at Cheyney, Jarell grew to love promoting the welfare of others through uplifting those in need. Jarell has received numerous awards for charitable work throughout the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. He is a full time information technology professional, girls’ basketball coach, and professional photographer. In 2009, Johnson started the company BeAbstrakt Photography to provide affordable and quality photography to locals without breaking the bank. Jarell has taught the art of photography to over 100 children at no cost. His personal goal is to allow children in the urban community to see outside of the everyday box through a camera lens!


How You Can Help?

Trades for a Difference is a 501c3 non-profit registered organization. Learn more about how you can support the Trades For A Difference blight removal initiative &  mentee work program. We want the opportunity to help young adults have a positive presence within their community by restoring their community from within because opportunity makes a difference.

Are you a professional with expertise within your industry and capable volunteering 1 hour a month to help?

-Trades for a Difference is seeking business professionals to aide in opportunity exposure and soft skills workshops. If you are interested please contact our director jordan@tradesfordifference.org

We are building a Learning Center in Northwest Philadelphia! Are you handy and capable of providing assistance?

-Trades for a Difference is seeking skilled tradesman and handymen to help with various task for the construction of our Learning Center Workshop. If you are able to help please contact our director jordan@tradesforadifference.org

Are you an entrepreneur or a business professional looking to bring on program graduates for interns and entry level positions?

-Trades for a Difference is seeking business owner's who can provide our exceptional program graduates with real life opportunity. If you are able to help please contact our director jordan@tradesforadifference.org

Trades for a Difference is a volunteer based program. But please help us expand our services by donating today.








Community Sponsors

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Community Sponsors are TFAD's top supporters in our mission of building up a solid foundation for our community: block by block, brick by brick.. 

Become a Community Sponsor Today!

Community Sponsors are not only key contributors, but are also a part of the Trades for a Difference family. Being a sponsor means you come with us everywhere:

- Have your company logo featured on our website and all TFAD promotional material within our Community Sponsorship Ribbon.
-Have your company logo featured during TFAD's Learning Center programs & community events through our bannering and streaming digital display systems.
-Receive recognition and the awarding of our "Golden Brick Award" in part with our Brick by Brick: Building the Foundation of the Community Campaign. 
-Be immortalized by having your name added to TFAD's Brick by Brick Mural located inside TFAD's community learning center.
***Community Sponsors level contribution are donations of $2500.00 or more.


Focused Contributions


TFAD is Opening a Learning Center in East Mt. Airy and we could use your help. In order for us to provide our young men and women with high quality educational programs, we are seeking charitable contributions to help with the cost of our Learning Center's training equipment (Hi Graphics Computers, AV Equipment, and College Grade Tabling Systems). Help us in providing exceptional value to our community. Please consider donating today.


TFAD's  Blight Removal Program will join forces with The Philadelphia Mural Arts to produce a empowering mural on a once dilapidated building in East Mt. Airy, Philadelphia. During the process young men and women will learn construction safety standards, life skills, and artistic expression. Please help us in our efforts to beautify and empower our community.


Helping our clients with transport to connecting services and resources is a critical component of TFAD services. Please consider helping TFAD  by contributing toward our fund to purchase a Commercial Transport Van. 


Community Sponsors are our biggest supporters, they are key contributors and provide key supports to TFAD in our mission to restore our communities from within. Please consider donating toward helping us  in making a difference.


 Community Partnerships

Our Community Partners are community and industry leaders who are committed to supporting   Trades for a
Difference’s mission of providing quality resource and opportunities to at risk young men and
women from within our community. 


Our Community Partners


We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art.

Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding.

Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society.

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Jumpstart is a successful community development program that combines slow, steady growth, scattered site rehab, and a mix of affordable and market-rate housing.

"Jumpstart was created to reduce blight and increase investment in our communities. By offering opportunities for local entrepreneurs, we can keep wealth local. With Jumpstart everyone wins - aspiring developers, longtime residents, and other community partners all benefit from additional investment in their neighborhood."


Air Dynamics is a growing team of professionals dedicated to their trade and their clients needs.

We strive to provide the best solutions in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Our reputation has been built on providing the best customer service in the industry. From beautifully clean new installs to resurrecting your 20 year old heater from the dead we're not afraid to get our hands dirty. Our team is always happy to discuss your heating and cooling options, so be sure to contact us today to arrange your next service visit.



Construction Prep Program


Have you Ever Thought About a career in the construction industry?


did you know that a licensed trades professional Can earn $50 + an hour?


Did you know That young tradesmen are in high demand?


Are you determined to Pursuing your success in the building industry, but not sure where to get started?


we can help You. We've been there before!


The Trades for a Difference Contractor Prep Program allows today's young adults (ages 16-26) to undergo 4 weeks of in class and hands on training in preparation for entry into lucrative construction career opportunities.  TFAD's specialized programming consist of a blend of trades based theory, entrepreneurial learning, and hands on training. Through this approach clients learn not only learn direct trades skillsets but also develop leadership characteristics. Through our exploration program approach clients experience different types of trades ultimately gaining an understanding of the skilled trade that interest them most. Successful graduates are then connected with higher education and employment opportunities in part with their  TFAD "Road Map to Success". 




First Things First, How Can We Help You?

Trades For A Difference comprehensive programs were created to help you develop the necessary skills to create opportunities for yourself and become successful in the career path that you choose. Please give us some insight about who you are so we can better asses how we can be of service to you and help you accomplish your goals.

Become A Community Partner Today!

Community Partnerships create opportunities for young men and women to receive the necessary tools and training to succeed in the skilled trades. 

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