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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