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
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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.

Posted in PhillyRising Monthly Update

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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December/January 2015

OFFICE OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
RICHARD NEGRIN, ESQ
Managing Director & Deputy Mayor
for Administration and Coordination

1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Suite 1430
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1683

Memo

From: Richard Negrin, Managing Director & Deputy Mayor for Administration & Coordination
Date: 1/26/2015
Re: MDO Press release (Personnel changes)

The City of Philadelphia announced today a number of staffing changes at the Office of the Managing Director. Adé Fuqua Deputy Managing Director and Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative has been promoted to the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Managing Director. Mary Stitt, the prior MDO Chief of Staff was promoted to Procurement Commissioner in December 2014. In addition to becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Fuqua will remain Director of the PhillyRising Collaborative. In his new role, Mr. Fuqua will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the Office of the Managing Director and handling external affairs affecting the Office. “From the beginning Adé has demonstrated the type of service-centered leadership that we value in City government. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow into roles of increasing responsibility over the last four years. I am certain he will continue this record of achievement and service in his new role as my Chief of Staff.” said Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration, Richard Negrin. “I also want to thank outgoing Chief of Staff Mary Stitt for her dedication over the last two years and wish her every success in her new role as Procurement Commissioner.”

Mr. Fuqua will be supported in his new role by Manny Citron, who has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Citron has been with the Office of the Managing Director since 2010; first as a Coordinator in the PhillyRising Collaborative, and more recently as Assistant Managing Director for Policy and Special Projects. “Manny Citron has a reputation of getting it done. He is a great asset to the Office of the Managing Director and someone that is very knowledgeable about internal operations.’’

Joann Gontarek, Executive Assistant to the Managing Director has been promoted to Office Manager. Additionally, Marcus Bullock, a PowerCorpsPHL service member has joined the MDO team to assist with administrative and research functions.
The PhillyRising Collaborative is also seeing some changes. Alex Peay and Luz Paradoa have recently joined the staff as Coordinators. Prior to joining PhillyRising, Mr. Peay founded Rising Sons, a nonprofit that engages millennials with community service opportunities. Ms. Paradoa brings more than twenty years of experience in program management and community outreach to the position. Additionally, Jimmie Sanders, Deputy Director has been promoted to Deputy Director for Operations and is responsible for PhillyRising outreach in all nineteen neighborhoods. Joandelis Marquez, PhillyRising Coordinator since 2010 has been promoted to Deputy Director for Administration and is responsible for managing PhillyRising’s internal matters. “I am excited about the new roles and new faces we are announcing today for the PhillyRising Collaborative. Joandelis and Jimmie have both been part of PhillyRising from day one and their proven experience and leadership will be critical to providing outstanding service to our citizens over the coming year.” said Negrin. “Luz and Alex, our two newest members of PhillyRising will add their own valuable experience to the team ensure that it continues to grow and deliver services to our most challenged neighborhoods.”
In your service,

Rich Negrin
Managing Director/
Deputy Mayor

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEK OF SERVICE EVENTS

Saturday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center Cleanup
Join the staff of the Martin Luther King Jr. Rec Center in a beautification project to spruce up the appearance of the Rec Center.
9:00am-12:00pm @ Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

*Monday, January 19
MLK Day Cleanup in Strawberry Mansion
PhillyRising is working with volunteers from Temple Medical School, the Strawberry Mansion Faith Based Coalition, and neighborhood residents for a cleanup of the 32nd and Cumberland Streets corridor. 9:00am @ W Cumberland St & N 32nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19132
*= MDO selected service event

Monday, January 19
Lawncrest Beautification Project
Lawncrest Recreation Center is home to many children and families who utilize the facility all throughout the year. Volunteers will help beautify this space to enhance the appearance of the recreation center.
9:30am-12:30pm @ 6000 Rising Sun Avenue, Shelbourne Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Tuesday, January 20
Philabundance
Volunteers will help sort and package food which will be sent to food cupboards and distributed at shelters.
12:00pm-4:30pm @ Philabundance Relief Center, 3616 S. Galloway St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Wednesday, January 21
Chosen 300
Chosen 300 opens their doors during the week to men, women, and families experiencing homelessness to provide them with a meal. Volunteers will assist by either serving food to guests.
6:00pm-8:00pm @ 1116 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Thursday, January 22
Iglesia del Barrio
Iglesia del Barrio hosts an afterschool homework help program for students. Throughout this time frame volunteers will serve as tutors to assist students with their school assignments
3:00pm-5:30/6:00pm @ 240 E. Cambria St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

PhillyRising Monthly Events

Tuesday, January 20
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

Tuesday, January 20
Lawncrest Community Association
The Lawncrest Community Association is back from summer vacation and will start meeting monthly again. All neighborhood residents are invited to attend!
7:00pm-9:00pm @ Community Room at St Williams, Corner of Argyle and Robbins Sts, Philadelphia PA 19111

Wednesday, January 21
Friends of Hissey Park
Monthly meeting organized by the Friends Group to discuss progress and upcoming projects.
6:00pm-7:00pm @ Hissey Park, C St & Indiana Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Highlights from December

December 2014-January 2015
Summer Valentine Anti Bullying Tour
Popular recording artist Summer Valentine has embarked on an anti-bullying tour at schools throughout Philadelphia. With an increasing case of multi-faceted bullying which has plagued our nation artist Summer Valentine and PhillyRising have coordinated an anti-bullying tour to increase awareness of the dangers of bullying. During her tour Ms. Valentine is shedding light on the different types of bullying such as: physical, verbal, and cyber. Through skits, dances, and musical performances Summer Valentine, Project Positive, and PhillyRising are aiming to gear up students for the fight against bullying.

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December 4, 2014PhillyRising volunteering at BSM
PhillyRising volunteers at Broad Street Ministry
Volunteers from PhillyRising and other organizations devoted their time and energy to help serve meals to individuals experiencing homelessness. Prior to the arrival of the individuals all volunteers received training on effective food service techniques to create an enjoyable experience for the guests. As the room filled up volunteers quickly grabbed their trays of food and began serving individuals as they took their seats.  Smiles could be seen all throughout the room on the faces of the individuals who received their meals and the PhillyRising volunteers who served them.

Kensington Christmas EventDecember 20, 2014
Joy for Families
PhillyRising partnered with Iglesia Del Barrio in the Kensington Community to host “Joy for Families”. This event takes place every year in an effort to provide low income families with gifts for their children and food baskets as well. This year 250 pre- registered families of all zip codes attended this event and participated in raffles, enjoyed a Christmas show and received boxes of groceries and toys.

December 22, 2014
Ralph Brooks Park Groundbreaking Ceremony
The long awaited groundbreaking ceremony of the Ralph Brooks Park took place on Monday, December 22nd. Residents of the Point Breeze neighborhood and students from the local Delaplaine McDaniel School gathered together at the park to participate in this special ceremony. Dignitaries and special guests from the state and city shared powerful messages about the transformation taking place in the Point Breeze including City Managing Director Richard Negrin’s notation of the 10% crime reduction. Speakers highlighted the significance of the park and the positive impact that the new park will have on the neighborhood. The renovation of the park is expected to be complete by Spring 2015.

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Special thanks to: Pastor Lovett, Deacon Johnson, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Deputy Mayor DiBerardinis, Managing Director Richard Negrin, Deputy Managing Director -PhillyRising Director Ade Fuqua, State Representative Jordan Harris, Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Philadelphia Eagles Player Connor Barwin, Executive Director of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Jane Golden, I.A.M. South Philly Founder Jahmall Crandall, Urban Roots Founder and President Jeffrey Taube.

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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November/December 2014

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday, December 2
Community Policing Meeting
Monthly meeting held in St. Hugh’s to discuss public safety in the neighborhood.
6:30pm-7:30pm @ St. Hughs Convent, 145 W. Tioga St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Wednesday, December 3
Weatherization Workshop
PhillyRising will conduct a weatherization workshop in the Hartranft community. During this workshop presenter(s) will share useful, cost-effective tips on how residents can prepare their homes for the winter weather.
1:00pm-3:00pm @ Hartranft John F. School, 720 W. Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Thursday, December 4
PhillyRising Resource Fair
PhillyRising will host a resource fair at William Cramp Elementary School where residents will learn valuable information and have the opportunity to participate in a weatherization workshop.
4:00pm-6:00pm @ William Cramp Elementary School, 3449 N. Masher St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Thursday, December 4
North Philly Remembers….
Project Home invites members of the North Philadelphia community to attend and participate in an evening of storytelling and memory sharing of events from the past.  This will be a wonderful event for families and neighbors.
6:00pm-7:30pm @ Honickman Learning Center, 1936 N. Judson St, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Saturday, December 6
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

Tuesday, December 9
Ralph Brooks Park Tot Lot Groundbreaking Ceremony
Community partners are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ralph Brooks Park Tot Lot which will be restructured into a state of the art playground. This project is being conducted in an effort to create a safe and pleasurable environment for community residents to enjoy.
2:30pm @ 20th & Tasker Sts, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Tuesday, December 16
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 @ Hancock & Susquehanna Aves, Philadelphia, PA 19122

*S.A.G.E. (Senior Adults for Greater Education) is looking for individuals 55 years and older who have a few hours available to volunteer at William D. Kelley STEM Academy. SAGE will provide training, support, and clearances, so the volunteer experience is successful and meaningful. Volunteering at Kelley is a wonderful way for seniors to get out in to the community, make friends, have fun and make a difference in the life of a local young person.

Highlights from November

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Eagles and PHS Garden Day in Strawberry Mansion
Philadelphia Eagles football players joined the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) in a day of gardening at the PHS Green Resource Center in Strawberry Mansion. Throughout the day volunteers from PowerCorps and the U.S. Attorney’s Office assisted in painting the fence surrounding the garden and planting daffodils. Philadelphia Eagles football players teamed up with Strawberry Mansion High School football players to plant trees near the entrance of Strawberry Mansion High School. Towards the end of the event students from the culinary arts program showcased their skills with delicious snacks made from fruits and vegetables handpicked from the garden.

November 8, 2014
Frankford Commercial Corridor Cleanup
The Travis Manion Foundation in collaboration with Frankford CDC and PhillyRising planned and executed a large-scale cleanup in Frankford. In the morning of the cleanup hundreds of volunteers arrived at the St. Mark’s Church where they were divided into groups to cleanup and beautify blocks around the community. Volunteers gathered their cleaning tools and walked over to their assigned areas where they began removing trash from the streets and planting flowers. As a result of their dedication and hard work over 8000 lbs. of waste has been collected and removed from the surrounding neighborhoods. With the amazing support of the Philadelphia Streets Department, Philadelphia Police Department, Northeast Treatment Centers, CLIP, Turning Points for Children, and the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. we were able to initiate and complete this cleanup.

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November 15, 2014
Tindley Temple Health Fair
On Saturday, November 15th Tindley Temple United Methodist Church hosted a health fair in effort to promote healthy living. This event was open to the public with the hopes that community members would stop by and learn of different strategies/practices they can implement in their daily lives to maintain or achieve good health status. During the health fair members in attendance had the opportunity to participate in health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, Zumba classes, etc. We would like to thank our buildOn volunteer partners for all of the support that they provided throughout the health fair.

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November 15 & 22, 2014
Ralph Brooks Park Area Cleanup
In preparation for the Ralph Brooks Tot Lot Groundbreaking ceremony community residents, volunteers, and PhillyRising staff joined together to clean up the area. With shovels and trash bags in hand, all who participated in this cleanup made a powerful impact in the South Philadelphia community. Bursting trash bags and wastes were collected from the streets then stacked together for trash pickup. As a result of this cleanup and the groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for early December 2014 the South Philadelphia residents will have a reason to smile.

St. Hughs CEA Graduation 2014November 25, 2014
St. Hughs Citizens Engagement Academy Graduation Ceremony
Approximately 20 residents from the St. Hughs community were recognized for their active involvement in the Citizens Engagement Academy. This year’s Citizens Engagement Academy in St. Hughs was the first to be conducted in Spanish.  Congratulations to the St. Hughs Citizens Engagement Academy 2014 Class!

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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