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 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

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