Education

 

Frankford: Hold Harmless Policy is Holding Back Education Funding for Frankford Schools

Frankford: Hold Harmless Policy is Holding Back Education Funding for Frankford Schools

Education funding in Philadelphia is arguably the most hotly debated topic in the city. For local Frankford schools, it has been a crippling issue even though enrollment rates in Philadelphia schools has declined by more than 25 percent in the past decade. One funding policy in particular that many believe has been harmful to Philadelphia schools is […]

 

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

A bell rang in the distance. The neighborhood was quiet at first, a cool breeze rustling fallen leaves through Stinger Park. Within minutes, the dynamic changed. Children and young teens came barreling through the quaint park from Alcorn Elementary across the street and their high school counterparts strolled casually down the sidewalk. School was out, and the not-so-subtle […]

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Tioga: Change Through Political Uncertainty Remains Focus of Tioga United

Tioga: Change Through Political Uncertainty Remains Focus of Tioga United

While the nation awaits President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, there remains an uneasy feeling among some members of the Tioga community as they wait to see what unfolds. However, community leaders like those associated with Tioga United are determined to keep the conversation moving forward within the neighborhood by encouraging people to join the discussion. Tioga United is a 20-year-old nonprofit organization led by co-founder […]

 

Olney: Coaches Teach Young Players More Than Just Football

Olney: Coaches Teach Young Players More Than Just Football

The youths of Philadelphia are growing up in dangerous times. The city’s 2013 Youth Violence Prevention Plan states that, “Over the past six years, 5,051 young Philadelphians ages 14 to 24 have been shot or killed.” The coaching staff of the Olney Eagles tries to keep their players away from violence by giving them a safe, supportive environment […]

 

Queen Village: Artists Draw On Their Talents To Engage, Improve Community

Queen Village: Artists Draw On Their Talents To Engage, Improve Community

Art is being taught, seen and bought in a plethora of ways in Queen Village. The Fleisher Art Memorial, which is one of the oldest community art schools in the country, has more than 70 art classes – 20 of which are free – and serves more than 5,000 students each year. Fleisher also has […]

 

Fishtown: ‘Men Can’ Campaign Issues Invitation to Join Effort to End Domestic Violence

Fishtown: ‘Men Can’ Campaign Issues Invitation to Join Effort to End Domestic Violence

Based in Fishtown’s non-profit organization Lutheran Settlement House, the Men Can (Prevent Family Violence) Campaign is an initiative to address domestic violence throughout Philadelphia. By providing education, garnering attention and taking new approaches, Men Can is trying to change culture by getting to the roots and core of the abuse. Traditionally, domestic violence prevention has been a […]

 

Center City: Library Expands Services to Include Health Literacy

Center City: Library Expands Services to Include Health Literacy

The Free Library of Philadelphia offers many services to the community to help improve literacy and overall quality of life. Recently, the Parkway Central Library expanded programming to include health literacy through a program called the Reaching HEALthy Initiative. The initiative is one of the first multi-professional health care programs that works with social workers, nurses […]

 

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Continues to Service The Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Continues to Service The Community

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (MNM) has been a focal point to the Nicetown community since 1997 and Sister Ann Provost, the executive director of the ministry, has been there since the beginning. MNM has a wide range of programs that cater to the improvement of the children in the neighborhood. A program was recently implemented at the ministry is […]

 

East Falls and Germantown: Education Platforms Vital in 2016 Election

East Falls and Germantown: Education Platforms Vital in 2016 Election

The 2016 Presidential Election has been a topic of conversation throughout Philadelphia, as well as the rest of the nation. The communities East Falls and Germantown are no exception. Despite the many issues spurred in the various televised debates between candidates, many residents of East Falls and Germantown agree that the plan for children and […]

 

Hunting Park: Latin Music Lessons Transcend The Classroom

Hunting Park: Latin Music Lessons Transcend The Classroom

Salsa rhythms pulsate beyond the basement of Esperanza College and flow into the streets of Hunting Park. The Caribbean-based beats resonate from Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA), a non-profit arts and artist’s organization established in North Philadelphia. Accentuating Latin composition, the music school, which was founded in 2006 by Grammy-nominated music producer Jesse Bermudez, recently […]