November/December 2013

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Tuesday, December 3
Juvenile Record Expungement Clinic hosted by Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity in conjunction with the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the Juvenile In Justice Art Exhibit
10:30 am – 1:00 pm @ Crane Arts Building (1400 North American St.)

Friday and Saturday, December 6, 7, 13, and 14
Market East Live!
Every Friday and Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm, enjoy live entertainment at 12th and Market Streets. Saturday, December 14 will be the final performance of 2013.

Saturday, December 7
South Philadelphia Legal Clinic
hosted by Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia and the Aquinas Center
9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Aquinas Center (1700 Fernon St.)

Wednesday, December 11
Kensington Listening Session & Dinner with PhillyRising and United Way
United Way and PhillyRising will be meeting with Kensington residents to continue last month’s discussion of collective aspirations, objectives, issues, and concerns, potentially including a six-month plan for engagement and projects. Catering will be provided by United Way.
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm @ Hissey Park (416 E Indiana Ave.)

Saturday, December 14
Village of Arts and Humanities Holiday Showcase
Students who attend the Village of Arts and Humanities’ after school programming will be showcasing their skills in this holiday performance.
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (location TBA – check MyPhillyRising for updates)

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit for the most up-to-date information.

Highlights from November

Furness HS Students Paint Mural at Church of Deliverance in Southeast
On November 21, PhillyRising partnered with Pastor Danzy at the Church of Deliverance to bring a new mural to the Southeast neighborhood. buildOn students from nearby Furness High School painted the mural.

South Philly Block Cleanup
Also on November 21, community partners from the Southeast neighborhood came together to clean the blocks between 5th and 6th Streets and Tasker and Morris. Participants included Neighborhood Services, the Philadelphia Police Department, Town Watch IS, Epic Stakeholders, and neighborhood residents.

Center City Mosaic finds New Home at CAPA
PhillyRising has been working with the Mosaic Society of Philadelphia to move a 40-foot-wide glass mosaic from the Loews Hotel on Market Street to the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). The mosaic, which until recently adorned the restaurant at Loews, was set to be destroyed during renovations at the hotel, but at the encouragement of the Mosaic Society, it was donated to CAPA to hang in the Grand Hall at the school. The relocation process began on Tuesday, November 12, when the mural was removed from Loews and transported to CAPA.

Philadelphia Youth Music Partnership hosts Summer Valentine at Wilson Park
On Wednesday, November 13, local student and artist Summer Valentine performed at Wilson Park Apartments in Point Breeze as part of the Philadelphia Youth Music Partnership’s anti-bullying campaign. Her performance included several anti-bullying and pro-education skits to encourage the children to stay in school and participate in after-school programs. The Philadelphia Youth Music Partnership, a collaboration between PhillyRising and the Philadelphia Housing Authority, connects Philadelphia youth with music industry professionals to give them the opportunity to learn about recording and performing music.

Nine Graduate Career Boot Camp in Haddington
From October 15 to November 19, PhillyRising, in conjunction with Episcopal Community Services, hosted a Career Boot Camp at St. Barnabas Mission in Haddington. The nine women who graduated from the program learned career skills such as goal setting, resume writing, searching for jobs online, using social media, and interviewing. Eight of the participants received interviews soon after completing the program. Congratulations, graduates!

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