July/August 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday, August 11
24th PDAC
Monthly meeting spearheaded by 24th PD and conducted by the Community Relations Officer to discuss public safety.
5:30pm-6:30pm @ 3901 Whitaker Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Friday, August 14
STAMP in Old City
The STAMP program will be hosting its next event in Old City. Teens will have the chance to visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Liberty Museum, National Constitution Center, National Museum of American Jewish History, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Independence Visitor Center. To register for this event please click on the following link: http://phillystamppass.org/oldcity/
3:30pm-6:30pm @ National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Saturday, August 15
Frankford Community Day
The event will feature: resources tables from all of our non-profits, City, State, and Federal departments that directly deal with social, economic, and health services. In addition, the event will offer different areas for children such as: arcade games, moon bounce/slides, carnival games and face painting. A youth basketball game, Double-Dutch competition, and Gospel Concert will be featured throughout the day. The youth basketball game and double-dutch competition will take place during the first half of the day and the Gospel concert will close out the event. We are planning to send all the kids home with book bags and supplies to prepare for upcoming school year.
9:30am-3:30pm @  Gambrel’s Recreation Center, 1900 Wakeling St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Monday, August 17
19th District Captain’s Workshop
L& I and PhillyRising are interested in working with you. Meet with community members regarding the resources and concerns within the 19th district.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 6059 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151

Wednesday, August 19
Friends of Rainbow De Colores Group
Rainbow de Colores Friends Group meets monthly to discuss progress and upcoming projects.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ APM, 600 Diamond St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Saturday, August 22
Bravest & Finest Community Day
Health Fair, Music, Dancing, Food, Games, Activities & Fun for the whole family.
12:00pm-5:00pm @ Juniata Park, J & Cayuga St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Saturday, August 29
Back 2 School Block Party
Come out and join in on the fun at the 4th Annual Community Back 2 School Block Party. For more information call (267) 585-2923.
12:00pm-6:00pm @ Tasker St & S 27th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Highlights from July

July 10, 2015
Strawberry Mansion Cleanup
PhillyRising together with members of the Faith Temple Church of God and interns from the Mayor’s Internship Program collaborated on Friday afternoon to conduct a cleanup in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood. Participants Strawberry Mansion cleanupof the cleanup grabbed their gloves and picked up their cleaning tools and began sprucing up West Cumberland Avenue from North Douglass Street to North 32nd Street. During this cleanup weeds were removed, sidewalks were swept, and trash was compiled for removal in preparation for a Unity Day event hosted by Faith Temple Church of God.

Interns helping restore the physical beauty of Strawberry Mansion   

July 10, 2015
Kids Club of Centro Nueva Creaccion
It was a pleasure to witness a fantastic ending to a great week with our future leaders- the kids club of Centro Nueva Creaccion. Thanks to the Executive Director, Maribel Lozada and Pastor Lissette Rios of New Creation Lutheran Church, putting together a great event. Special thanks to the residents and block captain who came out to volunteer. Together we will keep PhillyRising!

Kids Club of centro Nueva Creaccion
Students from the Kids Club of Centro Nueva Creaccion

July 23, 2015
Strawberry Mansion Community Cookout
Hundreds of community residents made their way to the Mander Recreation Center to participate in the Strawberry Mansion Community Cookout hosted by the NET CUA 7. Parents/guardians had a chance to learn about NET Community Care and the services that they provide while their children waited in line to get their face painted and paritcipate in other fun activities at the park. Throughout the cookout community residents could be seen enjoying the food, music, weather, and atmosphere on a pleasant Thursday afternoon.
Strawberry Mansion cookout
Strawberry Mansion residents enjoing the Community Cookout hosted by NET CUA 7

July 25, 2015South Phila cleanup
PhillyRising South Philly Cleanup
On July 25th PhillyRising hosted a clean-up of 8 overgrown lots on the 600 block of Winton Street in South Philadelphia. The clean-up was a great collaboration of a lot of partners including, the 3rd Police District, CLIP, Town Watch Integrated Services, Councilman Squilla’s Office, Focused Deterrence, Mural Arts, 7th Street Civic Association, South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition, community residents and many more.

 

South Philadelphia residents cleaning up their neighborhood  

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at Davis.Pierre-Louis@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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June/July 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday, July 8
Raymond Rosen Tenant Council Meeting
Monthly community resident meeting.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ 2309 W. Diamond St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Tuesday, July 14
24th PDAC
Monthly meeting spearheaded by 24th PD and conducted by the Community Relations Officer to discuss public safety.
5:30am-6:30pm @ 3901 Whitaker Ave, Philadelphia, 19124

Tuesday, July 14
PANA (Penn Area Neighborhood Association-RCO)
Monthly meeting and RCO community meetings.
7:00pm-8:00pm @ 431 E. Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Thursday, July 16
Hope4Philly Meeting
A monthly meeting where the Convoy of Hope annual event is discussed and planned.
10:00am-12:00pm @ Faith Assembly of God, 1926 Margaret St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Friday, July 17
West Philadelphia Epic (Haddington)
Meet with community members to discuss concerns and share resources.
12:00pm-2:00pm @ Community College of Philadelphia, 4725 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Monday, July 20
19th District Captain’s Workshop
L& I and Phillyrising are interested in working with you. Meet with community members regarding the resources and concerns within the 19th district.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 6059 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151

Tuesday, July 21
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ N. Hancock St & W. Susqyehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Thursday, July 23
Germantown Community Connection
Meeting schedule consists of board, membership and committee meetings.  http://www.gtownconnection.org
7:00pm-8:30pm @ 35 W. Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Highlights from June

June 7, 2015
3rd Police District Community Social
The 3rd Police District and community residents in South Philadelphia came together for a day filled with fun activities, food, and entertainment in South Philadelphia.

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Community residents partaking in the festivities of the 3rd PD Community Social

June 17, 2015
Gun Violence Memorial Garden
In memory of students who have been affected by gun violence 5th grade students and teachers at Stetson Middle School created a memorial garden. Students secured gardening tools provided to them and began planting flowers for 11347720_1126941573999571_1554119094_oeach student affected by gun violence. As students planted the flowers Managing Director Richard Negrin made a surprise visit to speak with them. We are glad to have assisted Stetson Middle School with this significant event.

 

Garden developed by 5th grade students at Stetson Middle School

June 18, 2015
Citizens Engagement Academy at New Creation Lutheran Church
Residents of the Kensington neighborhood are participating in another round of Citizens Engagement Academy. The PhillyRising Citizens Engagement Academy is an 8-week course like sessions in which residents are presented with information about different City government departments/agencies. The purpose of the Citizens Engagement Academy is to present information about various resources and services available to residents. Upon completing the 8-week course residents are presented with a certificate of completion and participate in a pinning ceremony where they are recognized by the Mayor and or Managing Director for their commitment and participation throughout the duration of the Citizens Engagement Academy. To kick off this series’ Citizens Engagement Academy Mr. 11638919_1127868570573538_450988422_oDanny Ramos from Philly 311 presented information about Philly 311 to residents who were in attendance. Residents learned how to properly utilize the Philly 311 mobile application which enables them to instantly submit non-emergency service requests.

Danny Ramos presenting information about the Philly311 mobile app

 June 27, 2015
PhillyRising Southwest Service Summit
On Saturday, June 27th PhillyRising hosted its 2nd Service Summit. Community residents traveled to the Francis Myers Recreation Center located in Southwest Philadelphia to meet with representatives of City departments and nonprofits and to submit their service requests. Representatives brought their technology devices with them to the recreation center so that they meet with residents one-on-one to input and submit their service requests. In addition to submitting service requests residents had the opportunity to take advantage of other services such help with creating an e-mail address and 20150627_105506writing resumes. Throughout the entire duration of the Southwest Service Summit individuals cycled in and out of different rooms to acquire different services that they were seeking. As residents transitioned in and out of rooms volunteers administered PhillyRising surveys to residents in order to gauge residents’ feelings about their neighborhoods.

City department representatives assisting community residents

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at Davis.Pierre-Louis@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

 

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May/June 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

*Saturday, June 27
PhillyRising Service Summit
This event is open to all Philadelphia residents interested in connecting with City service/providers. Meet one-on-one with representatives from City and external agencies and discuss service requests and concerns in your community.
10:00am-2:00pm @ Francis Myers Rec. Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Tuesday, June 9
Frankford Spring Speaker Series 2015
This is a speaker series geared towards the youth. Twelve hand selected speakers will come to the Boys & Girls Club in Frankford to mentor a group of youth ranging in ages from 14-19 years.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ Boys & Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Saturday, June 13
Summer Crush
PhillyRising is partnering with a host of community organizations for a community clean up and resource day on Saturday June 13.  From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, volunteers along with community members will clean the streets and yards within a 4 block radius around the Myers Recreation Center in Southwest Philadelphia. Following the cleanup there will be a Community Resource Day at the recreation center.
9:00am-1:00pm @ 5803 Kingsessing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Saturday, June 13
APM Sugar Cane Festival
The festival offers community residents information about the benefits of foster care/adoption, home ownership and recycling among other activities. APM also plans on having a children’s area with family-friendly activities and games, as well as a variety of health and human services information.
11:00am-4:00pm @ 5th St (between Berks and Norris Sts), Philadelphia, PA 19122

Monday, June 15
19th District Captain’s Workshop
L& I and PhillyRising are interested in working with you. Meet with community members regarding the resources and concerns within the 19th district.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 6059 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151

Wednesday, June 17
Friends of Hissey Park
Monthly meeting organized by the Friends Group to discuss progress and upcoming projects.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ Hissey Park, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Thursday, June 18
Hope4Philly Meeting
A monthly meeting where the Convoy of Hope annual event is discussed and planned
10:00am-12:00pm @ Faith Assembly of God, 1926 Margaret St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Thursday, June 25
PSA 1 (Haddington)
Meet with community members and the discuss resources and concerns within the 19th district.
7:00pm-9:00pm @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 63rd St & Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151

Highlights from May

IMG_2147May 23, 2015
Strawberry Mansion Community Cleanup
On May 23rd PhillyRising joined PowerCorps and the residents of Strawberry Mansion to clean up the Cumberland Street corridor between 29th and 32nd. Thanks to all those who participated for their hardworking, especially the Streets Department for the Memorial Day weekend special trash pickup!

PowerCorps members after sprucing up a section in Strawberry Mansion

May 28, 2015
STAMP on the Parkway
On Thursday May 28th PhillyRising brought 2 vans of youth from The Village of Arts and Humanities to the Parkway for the STAMP party on the Parkway.  Everyone enjoyed the dance party at the Barnes Museum and all the youth received their Philly STAMP pass for FREE museum access around the City year round. If you live on Philadelphia and are between the ages of 10-13, go to www.phillystamppass.org to get yours!

IMG_2175Students enjoying the STAMP on the Parkway event

May 28, 2015
Shaping Our Community-Faith Based Leadership Meeting
PhillyRising continues its efforts to develop new partnerships and collaborate with stakeholders throughout the neighborhoods that we serve. Clergy from the Kensington neighborhood convened at the Community Center at the Visitation located in Kensington to participate in a conversation focused on improving their community. Over 50 clergy were present to engage in this conversation. Managing Director Richard Negrin made a special appearance and addressed the state of our city and highlighted ways in which City government is taking a stance against violence. During his talk he mentioned the works of PhillyRising and the crucial effect that PhillyRising and city residents can make in neighborhoods all throughout the city. Ms. Luz Paradoa, Divisional Coordinator of the Kensington neighborhood took the lead in facilitating conversations about quality of life concerns and possible solutions with the clergy. Throughout the meeting clergy demonstrated their growing concerns for the neighborhood and shared methods that they would like to use to help reduce the violence that is plaguing this neighborhood. Following this discussion consultants from Partners for Sacred Places led a community asset mapping session to identify different venues in the neighborhood and how they can Faith_Based_Meetingserve as potential stakeholders whom will buy-in to the community’s vision of improving the physical and social state of Kensington. We thank all who attended and participated in this meeting!

      Managing Director Richard Negrin speaking to clergy in Kensington

May 30, 2015
PhillyRising Gridiron Classic
On Saturday, May 30th the Annual PhillyRising Gridiron Classic in partnership with The Mayor’s Office, Bridgilance, The School District of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Eagles, NFL Alumni Cheerleaders, Pop Warner Association and several well-known NFL players joined together to host the 2015 Gridiron Classic at the Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium. Students arrived at the stadium ready for a day full of physical activities and excitement. Upon arrival students and their families signed in and participated in a health fair which provided families the opportunity to check-in with health specialists for health assessments. As the day progressed students paired up with current and former players from the NFL to learn or enhance their football skills. After completing their trainings and drills students “took a knee” and listened attentively to Mayor Nutter along with the NFL players as they discussed the importance of education, safety and shared life stories to inspire students to work hard toward their goals. Across the field other students met with cheerleaders from the NFLPA who helped them choreograph cheers that they would showcase later in the day.

Mayor Michael Nutter along with Deputy Mayors Everett Gillison and Richard Negrin made guest appearances and engaged in some of the activities of the day including a flag football game with the students. After a well-played flag football game Mayor Nutter presented the PhillyRising Community Heroes Award to New York Giant Jameel McClain for his hard work and dedication towards helping improve communities. We would like to thank all who participated and assisted with the event for helping make the 2015 Gridiron Classic a success!IMG_2208

Professional football players leading youth through football drills

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at Davis.Pierre-Louis@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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April/ May 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

*Saturday, May 30
Gridiron Classic
The PHILLYRISING GRIDIRON CLASSIC (GIC) is a fun-filled day of events led by current and retired professional football players, volunteers, community leaders and partners to help motivate and educate young people to be physically active, maintain good nutrition and establish positive life-skills. Please click here to register your middle or high school grade child or student for the Gridiron Classic.
8:00am-3:00pm @ Marcus Foster Field, 17th St & Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Tuesday, May 12
24th PDAC
Monthly meeting spearheaded by 24th PD and conducted by the Community Relations Officer to discuss public safety.
5:30pm-6:30pm @ 24th/25th Police District, 3901 Whitaker Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Tuesday, May 12
Frankford Spring Speaker Series 2015
This is a speaker series geared towards the youth. Twelve hand selected speakers will come to the Boys & Girls Club in Frankford to mentor a group of youth ranging in ages from 14-19 years.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ Boys & Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Wednesday, May 13
Parent Café @ Fitler Academic Plus
Food conversation with parents and caretakers 18 or older. FREE Event space limited RSVP (unfortunately no child care will be available this time). For more information contact: Sandy Williams 267-294-1975, swilliams@wordsworth.org or Benjamin Hassell 267-275-4059, bhassell@wordsworth.org.
9:00am-12:00pm @ 140 W. Seymour St., Philadelphia, PA 19144

Thursday, May 21
Hope4Philly Meeting
A monthly meeting where the Convoy of Hope annual event is discussed and planned.
10:00am-12:00pm @ Faith Assembly of God, 1926 Margaret St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Saturday, May 23
Strawberry Mansion Community Cleanup
The Strawberry Mansion Community Concern is working with PhillyRising, Streets Dept and the Philadelphia More Beautiful to clean approximately 40 blocks in the area.
9:00am-1:00pm @ 30th & Cumberland Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Thursday, May 28
STAMP on the Parkway Event
Teens who live in Philadelphia will have free access to the Parkway museums and there will be prizes, games and giveaways. For more info reach out to http://www.phillystamppass.org.
3:00pm-7:00pm @ Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

Highlights from April

Saturday, April 11, 2015
8th Annual Mayor’s Spring Cleanup
Community residents, local students, and City employees volunteered their time and energy during the 8th annual Mayor’s Spring Cleanup. Volunteers gathered their cleaning tools and were prepared to eradicate trash that surrounded their neighborhoods. In the Frankford area, participants engaged in a cleanup where loads of trash were removed 10981614_1063968093630302_8111853970866318016_nfrom the playground and its surrounding area. As a result of the cleanup children and families in the neighborhood can take pride in their beautiful playground. PhillyRising thanks all who participated in this cleanup and other cleanups across the city!

Hedge Street Park following the 8th Annual Mayor’s Spring Cleanup

April 18, 2015
Lawncrest Community Garden
Flowers are blooming and leaves are changing colors, all great indicators of the arrival of the long awaited warm seasons. As the temperature continues to peek into the mid-80s Lawncrest communityresidents comnined all of their gardening equipment and made their way over to the Lawncrest Recreation Center where they began preparing some space for a community garden. The transformation of the landscape will be sure to produce plenty of smiles and welcome visitors to the Lawncrest Recreational Center as we move closer to the summer season.11133979_1070993646261080_3362894826864581259_o

Lawncrest community residents preparing their garden

April 25, 2015
Comcast Cares Day11011681_1073785105981934_2643179360790981548_n
Comcast in partnership with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Friends of Mifflin Square Park and PhillyRising collaborated to host the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day. This year’s projects included: preparing and painting a mural, planting flowers, and cleaning about the storefront corridor in Southeast Philadelphia.  Over 100 individuals participated in this special project to beautify a section of Southeast Philadelphia. These areas underwent a significant physical transformation due to this large scale project. During the project adults and children were seen actively engaging and were fully immersed in their projects. Their dedication and high energy contributed to the amazing work that was completed in this area. PhillyRising thanks all volunteers for helping make another successful Comcast Cares Day!

Comcast employees helping prepare a mural on Comcast Cares Day

April 29, 2015
Garden Cleanup at Ridge Ave Community Garden
Spring is finally here; therefore, it is the perfect time to begin organizing tools and clearing space for gardens. The East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA) has already begun digging up dirt and planting vegetables for the spring and summer seasons. In addition to the already created community garden EPRA is preparing extra space for a new addition to the garden area. Prior to the development of the new gardening project PhillyRising and PowerCorps worked together with EPRA to remove piles of trash and obstacles where the new garden project will be stationed. PowerCorps members worked diligently and effectively removed hundreds of pounds of trash, and sheared already cut down tree branches so that they could be easily removed from the garden area. Thank you so much PowerCorps for your efforts to help develop a cleaner and greener city!20150429_134714

PowerCorps conducting a cleanup at the Ridge Avenue Community Garden

 

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at Davis.Pierre-Louis@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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March/April 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Thursday, April 23
Hello Indego: Philly welcomes new bike share program in April
The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is proud to introduce Indego, Philadelphia’s bike share system, this spring. Indego is sponsored by Independence Blue Cross and will officially launch on April 23rd, with over 60 stations with 600 bikes available 24/7. With Indego, you can check out a bike and ride from station to station whenever you need a convenient, healthy, and affordable way to travel. If you live or work in any of the following neighborhoods, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia can provide free bike riding classes, bike share demo events, and bike rides: Mantua, Powelton, Spruce Hill, Point Breeze, Francisville, Yorktown, Poplar, Ludlow, Olde Kensington/South Kensington.  For more information or to set up a class, contact betterbikeshare@bicyclecoalition.org or call 215-242-9253 ext. 310.

Tuesday, April 21
Sharswood Blumberg Planning Meeting
PHA is hosting a community planning meeting for the redevelopment of the Sharswood Brewerytown neighborhood.
6:00pm-7:30pm @ 1423 N 23rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

Tuesday, April 21
PSA 1 & 2 Meeting in the 1st District
Meet with community members and the police officers of the 17th police district to discuss resources and concerns within the district.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ S. 24th & Wolf Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Tuesday, April 21
Frankford Spring Speaker Series
This is a speaker series geared towards the youth. Twelve hand selected speakers will come to the Boys & Girls Club in Frankford to mentor a group of youth ranging in ages from 14-19 years.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ Boys & Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Sunday, April 26
Ruth Wright Hayre Scholarship Luncheon
One of PhillyRising’s partners is being honored as part of this luncheon that benefits the scholarship fund for Strawberry Mansion graduates.
1:00pm-4:00pm @ Strawberry Mansion High School, 32nd St & Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Tuesday, April 28
NET Healing Fair
NET is hosting a Healing fair that will highlight resources available to community members across the 22nd District.
3:00pm-7:00pm @ Stephen Klein Wellness Center, 2144 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Thursday, April 30
Northeast EPIC Stakeholders Meeting
Meet with community members to discuss concerns and share resources.
5:30pm-7:30pm @ Second Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

 
Highlights from March

March 14-21, 2015
Ohio State University Volunteers in Philadelphia
In mid-March volunteers from the Ohio State University Buck-I-Serv program visited Philadelphia to engage in various beautification projects throughout the city. From the moment the volunteers arrived in Philadelphia they were ready and eager to make positive changes in various neighborhoods. During their week of service they completed 10 lot cleanups, repainted park equipment at 2 recreation centers, 3 neighborhood cleanups, and constructed 2 flower beds at William D. Kelley School. As the Buck-I-Serv volunteers pushed through their projects community residents stopped by to thank them for their amazing efforts. PhillyRising thanks our Buck-I-Serv partners for their remarkable work!

Buck-I-ServOhio State University Buck-I-Serv volunteers after repainting park equipment at Waterloo Playground

March 19, 2015
Faith Based Community Meeting
Clergy from area churches, community residents, and block captains gathered together at the Rehema Deliverance Church to learn more about PhillyRising and how they can be CAukDz2VEAAPXF2drivers of positive change in their neighborhoods. Managing Director Richard Negrin discussed the mission of PhillyRising and answered questions regarding quality of life concerns posed by community residents. We thank Bishop Dash of Rehema Deliverance Church for allowing us to host this meeting at his church.

Community partners at the Faith Based Meeting

March 21, 2015
PhillyRising Best Meeting
PhillyRising kicked off its first Best Meeting on Saturday, March 21st at the Diversified Communities Services-Dixon House located in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Best Meeting was introduced as a strategy to enhance community residents’ level of accessibility to City services. The Best Meeting is technology driven which means that community residents can meet one-on-one with representatives from different City agencies to review and electronically submit service requests.  Through the use of technology at the Best Meeting City agencies will be able to expedite service delivery. As a result of this Best Meeting 230 service requests were successful submitted that day. There are plans to host a Best Meeting in each PhillyRising neighborhood throughout the year to ensure that community residents have easier access to city services.

March 24, 2015
Frankford Spring Speaker Series 2015
This year PhillyRising has introduced its first Speakers Series in Frankford. The Speaker Series is a thirteen week program that was founded as a platform for adults from diverse occupational background to provide mentorship support to youth. The goal of this program is to inspire to focus on their plans and work towards their goals so that they 10375101_1054507327909712_4462741817425102428_ncan achieve success. Speakers have been able to create a strong connection with the students by sharing their own stories to inspire the youth that they can overcome barriers and accomplish whatever they have their minds set on.

 

     Pastor Chris Kimenez sharing his life changing experiences with the youth

 

 

 

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at Davis.Pierre-Louis@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

 

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February/March 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, March 21
PhillyRising Best Meeting
This event is open to all Philadelphia residents interested in connecting with City services/providers. Meet one on one with representatives from City agencies and discuss service requests and concerns in your community.
9:00am-3:00pm @ Diversified Community Services/ Dixon House, 1920 S. 20th St, Philadelphia PA 19145

Monday, March 2
Wayne Avenue Merchant Association (WAM) Street Cleaning
This is a street cleaning event taking place in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. If you own a business on Wayne Avenue or know someone who does please inform them and join this cleanup effort.
12:30pm-2:00pm @ Wayne Avenue Berkley/Schoolhouse, 1800 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121 (3rd Floor)

Friday, March 6
International Women’s Day 2015
International Women’s Day 2015 is scheduled for March 6, 2015 from 6:00PM-8:00PM at the International House. This FREE event will consist of live performances, and discussions to celebrate the wonderful initiatives and programs that support the rights of women.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Saturday, March 7
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
The Aquinas Center will serve as a legal clinic on this date where community members can go to get free legal consultation on matters such as: immigration, bankruptcy, criminal expungement, and other concerns.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Monday, March 9
Logan Olney Epic Stakeholders Wordsworth CUA #5 Transition Meeting
Residents of the 39th and 35 Police Districts/Dept. Human Services are encouraged to attend.
5:00pm-7:00pm @ Holy Trinity Bethlehem Presbyterian Church, 1100 W. Rockland St, Philadelphia, PA, 19141 (Marvine St Entrance)

Tuesday, March 17
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ N Hancock St & W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia PA 19122

Thursday, March 26
Germantown Community Connection
Meeting schedule consists of board, membership and committee meetings.
7:00pm-8:30pm @ 35 W. Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Highlights from February

February 2, 2015
National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Temple University
Sounds of excitement, laughter, and joy could be heard throughout Temple University’s Pearson-McGonigle Hall where girls in grades K-8 participated in a series of physical fitness activities with Temple’s female athletes. National Girls 10689539_1024744020886043_6348411002837378816_nand Women is Sports Day was founded with the focus of highlighting the advancement of women in sports and discussing different health/safety measures that can help reduce the amount of brain injuries sustained by athletes.  Mayor Michael Nutter made a guest appearance and participated in several sporting activities.

 

Mayor Nutter with Temple University athletes and students in grades K-8

February 3, 2015
Frankford Career Boot Camp
Residents of the Frankford neighborhood actively participated in a five-week Career Boot Camp series. Through this series residents learned and practiced professional work skills that can be used to prepare them for the workforce. PhillyRising staff members volunteered their times to conduct mock interviews with participants. This was a great moment for participants to practice what they have learned through the course of the Career Boot Camp series. At the conclusion of the mock interviews participants were recognized for their hard work and commitment throughout the series. Congratulations to the 2015 graduating class of the Faith Assembly of God!

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2015 graduating class of Career Boot Camp at Faith Assembly of God

February 14, 2015
Valentine’s Day at St. Matthew Manor
Senior residents of the St. Matthew Manor celebrated their Valentine’s Day in a special way that left them with huge smiles on their faces. In preparation for this event 10974545_1032242250136220_5917718360368707327_ovolunteers dedicated their time and artistic skills gift wrapping shoe boxes and filling them with toiletries that might be of use to the seniors. PhillyRising staff and other volunteers then presented the gifts to them on Valentine’s Day. The seniors were astounded by the gifts and expressed gratitude for the kind act!            Wrapped gifts for senior residents of St. Matthew Manor

February 18, 2015
Philly Innovates
Hundreds of innovators poured into the Philadelphia Convention Center to attend the Philly Innovates Summit. The focus of this summit was to introduce to demonstrate the ways in which City government utilizes technology to improve service delivery. During this summit Philly 311 revealed their new CRM which has been revamped for high quality performance. Throughout the event guest speakers elaborated on the City’s vision and growing sense of innovation.  Guest speakers included: Mayor Michael Nutter, Managing Director Rich Negrin, Chief Customer Service Officer Rosetta Lue, Chief Innovation Officer Adel Ebeid, Executive Vice President of Salesforce Vivek Kundra, and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Thank you to all who participated and attended the 2015 Philly Innovates Summit making it a successful event!

February 2015
Free Street Tree Giveaway
Congratulations to the 6300 and 6400 block of Rising Sun Ave on being selected to receive free trees for their blocks. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is pleased to award the free tree giveaway to the Lawncrest neighborhood!

11004582_1033717093322069_4711218948996045612_oFree Street Tree Giveaway award to Lawncrest Neighborhood

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at Davis.Pierre-Louis@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

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January/February 2015

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Monday, February 2
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
This is a free event for girls in 8th grade and under to participate in mini clinics and workshops with female varsity athletes from Temple University.
3:00pm-6:30pm @ Temple University Fitness Mezzanine, 1800 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19121 (3rd Floor)

Tuesday, February 3
PhillyRising Career Boot Camp
This is a 5-week class designed to prepare entry level job seekers to enter the workplace and advance their positions.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ 1926 Margaret St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Wednesday, February 4
Shoe Box Decorating
Help decorate shoe boxes and fill them with toiletries and cleaning products which will be given to senior residents.
3:00pm-5:00pm @ St. Matthews Manor, 230 N. 57th St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Saturday, February 7
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
The Aquinas Center will serve as a legal clinic on this date where community members can go to get free legal consultation on matters such as: immigration, bankruptcy, criminal expungement, and other concerns.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Aquinas Center, 1700 Fernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Friday, February 13
Energy Conservation Workshop Center in the Park
Weatherization/Conservation instruction & material provided FREE of Charge.
1:00pm @ 5818 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tuesday, February 17
Kensington Stakeholders Meeting
This meeting takes place monthly to share and discuss information and resources that are working to serve the same community.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ N Hancock St & W Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia PA 19122

Friday, February 20
West Philadelphia Epic Meeting
Meet with community members to discuss concerns and share resources.
12:00pm-2:00pm @ 4725 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19139

Highlights from January

January 7, 2015
Philadelphia Youth Commission Monthly Meeting
The Philadelphia Youth Commission hosted their January Monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 7th focused on Public Safety. Lt. Michael Goodson from the South Philadelphia Police District led an open conversation with the participants about the relationship youth of Philadelphia have with the police officers and how it can be improved. The Youth Commission Monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month.

The Commission represents Philadelphia’s youth in public hearing and gives testimony that reflects the youth perspective. We work with the City, non-profits, community organizations, PYC Youth Violence Programand private entities to develop strategies to improve the lives of Philadelphia’s youth. The Commission also advises the Mayor, City Council, Philadelphia Schools, and other key decision makers inside and outside of city government.

Philadelphia Youth Commissioners with Lieutenant Michael Goodson

January 16, 2015
Beyond the Uniform
On a late afternoon at Vare Middle School students sat quietly and listened to Police Officers from the South Philadelphia Police Department share their experiences. During this program students had the opportunity to ask officers about their duties to provide better insight of what a day in the life of a Philadelphia Police Officer looks like. Students were divided into small groups and sat with a police officer at their table to learn about the duties of a police officer.  Following the small group conversations Lieutenant Michael Goodson spoke to the students about the importance of education and practicing accountability. PhillyRising thanks Lieutenant Michael Goodson and the officers of the 3rd Police District who sacrificed their time to meet and speak with students!

January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Strawberry Mansion Cleanup
To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day PhillyRising with the support of the Managing Director’s Office tackled the 32nd and Cumberland corridor for a neighborhood cleanup. Many Strawberry Mansion residents grabbed their coats, gloves, cleaning tools and joined PhillyRising staff and the Managing Director to beautify their neighborhood.

Strawberry Mansion MLK Day CleanupStrawberry Mansion Residents, City Managing Director Richard Negrin, and PhillyRising staff after their MLK Day Cleanup in Strawberry Mansion.

January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Panel Discussion
Youth and families made their way to the National Museum of American Jewish Museum to hear panelists’ views on contemporary social issues. Panelists directed their attention on the rampant violence that is plaguing our nation and how citizens have responded to this issue. Throughout the discussion panelists addressed the effectiveness of marches and MLKDayPanelprotests as a way of combating violence and allowing citizens to voice their thoughts. Panelists reflected on historic events in effort to enhance their thoughts as to how the nation responded to issues in the past and how our nation is responding to issues in this generation.                                                                    Panelists discuss violence and protests in America

January 20, 2015
Food Packing at Philabundance
Staff members from the PhillyRising volunteered their time at Philabundance to help package foods that will be delivered to families throughout various communities. Volunteers spent their afternoon sorting plantains and packing them in boxes in preparation for delivery.

January 22, 2015
Afterschool Homework Help at Iglesia del Barrio
Iglesia del Barrio is home to many neighborhood residents for worship service but also a Mr. Negrin speaking with students at Iglesia del Barrioplace of that academic support for students. Throughout the school week, Iglesia del Barrio opens its doors to students for afterschool homework help. Pastor Cookie and her staff work diligently to ensure that all students who enter their doors for homework help receive the tutoring support that they are seeking. City Deputy Mayor and Managing Director, Rich Negrin made a guest appearance at Iglesia del Barrio to speak to students.

City Managing Director, Richard Negrin speaking with students

January 30, 2015
Shoe Box Decorating Event
Volunteers participated in a shoe box decorating event and filled their decorated shoe boxes with toiletries which would be distributed to senior residents. Thank you to all who have volunteered and helped make the shoe box decorating event possible!

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit www.myphillyrising.com for the most up-to-date information. For more information, contact Davis Pierre-Louis at Davis.Pierre-Louis@phila.gov or visit us online at Facebook or Twitter.

 

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