Education

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Kensington: Quieting the Madness at McPherson

Kensington: Quieting the Madness at McPherson

Walking into the McPherson Square Branch library, adult and teen librarian Chera Kowalski sees many things. The outside of the library, where the use of drugs is a daily occurrence, and the inside, where the people of Kensington are capitalizing on the resources of the library. Kowalski, 32, facilitates many of these resources as she and […]

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Mount Airy: Sheila Avelin Making Community Connections at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

Mount Airy: Sheila Avelin Making Community Connections at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

Sheila Avelin, owner and manager of Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mount Airy, strives to maintain a cozy and accessible literary space within the fast-paced technological world. Located at 551 Carpenter Lane, Big Blue Marble is nestled in a central part of town, neighboring the Weavers Way Co-op and Moving Arts of Mt. Airy. Avelin, a former English teacher at […]

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Nicetown: CDC Leader Majeedah Rashid Building a Better Community

Nicetown: CDC Leader Majeedah Rashid Building a Better Community

Majeedah Rashid is the COO of the Nicetown Community Development Corporation (CDC), an organization dedicated to uplifting the community through education, better housing and financial stability. The Nicetown CDC has maintained that goal since its inception in 1999. Rashid continues to strive for improvement in one of the most impoverished parts of the city of […]

 

Fox Chase: Pennypack Environmental Center Teaches Youth About Environmental Issues

Fox Chase: Pennypack Environmental Center Teaches Youth About Environmental Issues

The Pennypack Environmental Center is a city-owned and operated facility run by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. The center, located at 8600 Verree Rd., had its official opening in 1969 and is a subdivision of Pennypack Park. It was created with the purpose of educating community members about the environment. The Pennypack Environmental Center is about 110 acres, according to Stephen Barras, a […]

 

East Oak Lane: African American Boy Scouts’ Troop Has Difficulty With Generating New Committee Members

East Oak Lane: African American Boy Scouts’ Troop Has Difficulty With Generating New Committee Members

Since 1910, the Boys Scouts of America have been shaping young men from all over the nation into the next leaders of our country. At the Oak Lane Presbyterian Church, the scouts of Troop 19 are taught how to be responsible, knowledgeable, and self-sufficient with the help of their head Scoutmaster Alvin Mitchell and his […]

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Bustleton: Center for Autism Expands on Grant Avenue to Support a Community in Need

Bustleton: Center for Autism Expands on Grant Avenue to Support a Community in Need

The Center for Autism is the oldest treatment center for people with autism spectrum disorder in the United States. Its Northeast location, found at 2801 Grant Ave., is approaching the end of the first part of its multi-phase renovation process. The long referral list at the Center for Autism helped fuel the renovation process, according to Alena Subacus, […]

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Bustleton: Center for Autism Addresses Learning Deficits in Autistic Community

Bustleton: Center for Autism Addresses Learning Deficits in Autistic Community

Nearing its 61-year anniversary, the Center for Autism is the oldest non-profit autism treatment center in the country. The Northeast Philadelphia center is located at 2801 Grant Ave. and has been in operation since 2009. Alena Subacus, the assistant director of the pre-K program, has worked at the center since its opening.  “The Center for Autism has been […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Now the head of community engagement at the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center, Tyrone Williams has worked his whole life trying to better his community. From a young age, Williams took an active interest in reaching out to people. He estimated his history in community outreach went back to when he was 11-years old and a […]

 

Amateur Sports: Big Five Coaches Like On Court Skills and Off Court Character

Amateur Sports: Big Five Coaches Like On Court Skills and Off Court Character

The Big Five college basketball teams in Philadelphia – Temple, St. Joseph’s, La Salle, Pennsylvania and Villanova – each have their own strategies for how they go about evaluating a player’s talent and how to attract them to their school. It’s up to the players to decide if one of these schools fits them better than any other […]

 

Newbold: Spanish-Speaking Organization Promotes and Preserves Mexican Culture and Traditions in South Philly Community

Newbold: Spanish-Speaking Organization Promotes and Preserves Mexican Culture and Traditions in South Philly Community

Mexican culture is a major focus for the Spanish-speaking community that gathers in the salmon colored building on the corner of 17th and Dickinson streets in South Philadelphia. Casa Monarca is a small nonprofit organization that serves mostly Spanish-speaking families, women and children. “Casa Monarca’s mission is to preserve and keep the Mexican tradition and culture […]