Why Down North Pizza Plans to Open a Tech Education Space

What do pizza and tech have in common? For starters, a name.

Muhammad Abdul-Hadi, owner of Down North Pizza in North Philadelphia, this week announced his latest initiative to give back to the community: Down North Treehouse, a nonprofit with a plan to offer free IT literacy and life skills training.

Down North Pizza, located in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, seeks to employ previously incarcerated people and train them in a culinary career. Abdul-Hadi said the Treehouse is an extension of this desire to give back to the community.