West Philadelphia

 By Maureen Costello and Mary Coyle

Mantua: West Philadelphia Community Center Enriching Young Minds

Mantua: West Philadelphia Community Center Enriching Young Minds

The innocent chatter of a group of elementary age children spills out of a colorful room filled with bookshelves and play mats. Dressed in smocks and wielding paintbrushes, they splash colors on to blank sheets of paper laid out on tables. In another room, an older group sits on the floor and listens intently to […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein and Christian Clarke

West Philadelphia: A Synagogue Reconstructs a Community

West Philadelphia: A Synagogue Reconstructs a Community

As the Jewish tradition teaches, “kol avarim zeh lazeh,” or “we are all responsible for each other.”  At Kol Tzedek, the Reconstructionist Synagogue in West Philadelphia, a Jewish community was built on the foundation of prayer, education, spirituality and activism. Kol Tzedek began when a group of Jewish people in West Philadelphia came together seeking […]

 By Anna Hyclak and Sherri Hospedales

Mantua: MOMobile Center Provides Healthy Start for New Moms and Infants

Mantua: MOMobile Center Provides Healthy Start for New Moms and Infants

Remarkably, whether a child eventually graduates from high school relates to behaviors that child’s mother engages in during pregnancy. The mother’s behaviors can affect almost everything about her child’s future from health to social skills and test scores. But first-time mothers don’t always know how to properly take care of themselves and their babies while […]

 By Jared Pass

Technology: A New Model for Schools

Technology: A New Model for Schools

At the Science Leadership Academy the students are treated like adults, according a junior at the Science Leadership Academy, Cody Nichols. The Science Leadership Academy (SLA) is a new student oriented, project-based school. The school is working in partnership with the Philadelphia School District and the Franklin Institute. There are no standardized tests besides the […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein

West Philadelphia: Youth Hockey Foundation Strives for Success in the Game of Life

West Philadelphia: Youth Hockey Foundation Strives for Success in the Game of Life

At the Laura Sims Skate House at Cobbs Creek Park in West Philadelphia, participants in the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation are taught more than just the game of hockey; they are also coached in the game of life. “The most important lesson you learn from the Ed Snider program is respect,” said Stephen Taylor, […]

 By Leah Mafrica

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

West Philly: Community Radio Projects Community Voice

A loudspeaker on the sidewalk blares a heavy bass line outside a building that blends with various shops and markets on South 52nd Street in West Philadelphia. A hand-written welcome on a sheet of white paper is taped to the door, and faulty-looking windows house cheap-looking curtains. The entrance does not seem like a likely […]

 By Patrick McCloskey

West Philadelphia: Push to Approve Marijuana

West Philadelphia: Push to Approve Marijuana

The full crowd that rocked out to local bands with names such as Agent Moosehead, Psychedelphia and The Big Dirty didn’t reek of marijuana. But they were in full support of it. PhillyNORML, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, held a fundraiser Friday night at The Rotunda on […]

 By Ariela Rose

West Philly: Vegan and Yoga Create a Gathering Space

West Philly: Vegan and Yoga Create a Gathering Space

Nestled above Fiesta Pizza and Valentino African Food Store is a 5,000-square-foot yoga studio that offers more than a good stretch and a reiki massage. On the last Sunday of every month Studio 34 Yoga, Healing and Arts hosts a vegan brunch. The idea for the brunch was conceived by friends and Studio 34 volunteers […]

 By Dustin Khebzou

Mantua: Food Not Bombs

Mantua: Food Not Bombs

A heavenly aroma spills outs from a bubbling pot of potato squash soup in the basement of the Cavalry Church. Claire Smith quickly turns down the burner and goes back to preparing three large trays of savory brussel sprouts. Paul Divido and Anna Jacobs take turns kneading dough to turn into luscious cinnamon buns. In […]

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Walnut Hill: New Beginning for West Philadelphia High School

Walnut Hill: New Beginning for West Philadelphia High School

Last Tuesday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new West Philadelphia High School. Located just a few steps from the current building, the new facility will replace what was once West Catholic High School for Boys at 49th and Chestnut streets. The 72,000-square-foot, three-story building will house state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs, two gyms, […]