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Social Issues: “After Graduating Law School, I Felt It Was Important To Give Back To My Community As Much As I Can.”

Social Issues: “After Graduating Law School, I Felt It Was Important To Give Back To My Community As Much As I Can.”

Michael Lee is the executive director of the non-profit organization Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lee graduated from Central High School and was a part of the inaugural class of Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2009. Following his graduation from law school he began practicing as a criminal […]

 

Mayfair: This Week In The News — An Eclipse Party, Singing Summer Camp Concert And A Community Facing Challenges

Mayfair: This Week In The News — An Eclipse Party, Singing Summer Camp Concert And A Community Facing Challenges

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Mapping Progress in 55 Philadelphia Neighborhoods–  Next City released a report listing Mayfair among a half dozen neighborhoods “facing the greatest challenges.” The organization used census data from 2009 through 2014. (via Next City) Eclipse shines brightly […]

 

Kensington: A Free More-Than-Just-Soccer Camp

Kensington: A Free More-Than-Just-Soccer Camp

As the sun rises on Hissey Playground at C Street and Indiana Avenue there’s usually a bit of a mess. Being in the shadow of the unofficial heroin capital of the region, Department of Recreation personnel must take care of cleaning up the needles, baggies and bottles that found their way to the sports field […]

 

Mayfair: This Week In The News — Sex Clubs, Racism And Guns

Mayfair: This Week In The News — Sex Clubs, Racism And Guns

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Guy shot his AR-15: A man fired his weapon in Northeast Philly, crashed his truck in Trevose, eventually captured by police on Deveraux Avenue, according to police (via NBC10) Racism on Teesdale Street : Nasty note left on car […]

 

South Philadelphia: Ready, Willing & Able Director Knows The Power Of Second Chances

South Philadelphia: Ready, Willing & Able Director Knows The Power Of Second Chances

Javier Rivera is the director of community improvement projects and operations at Ready, Willing & Able, a program that helps criminals, addicts and homeless individuals re-enter the workforce. A graduate of the program in 1997 in Harlem, N.Y., Rivera has risen through the ranks, holding supervisory positions before becoming director. How long have you been […]

 

Nicetown: Empowerment Starts In The Kitchen

Nicetown: Empowerment Starts In The Kitchen

A youth advocate, chef and lifelong North Philadelphia resident, Ariq Barrett saw a lack of role models in his community and wanted to reach youths on a different level. His solution? Black Boyz Can Cook is a program that creates a space where young black boys could learn the principles of healthy eating, entrepreneurship, community […]

 

Harrowgate: Get Your Motor Running- Reentry Roadblocks Lead To Transportation Innovation

Harrowgate: Get Your Motor Running- Reentry Roadblocks Lead To Transportation Innovation

Freddy Castro put himself into a tight spot. After a few brush-ups with the law he decided to go the straight and narrow. But trying to land a decent paying job with a criminal record is tough. And having no driver’s license can tie you up even tighter than handcuffs. “I was interviewing for a […]

 

Mayfair: Benefit Programs Enrollment Assistance, Night Markets And More This Week

Mayfair: Benefit Programs Enrollment Assistance, Night Markets And More This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Mayfair this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood. BenePhilly Mobile Office– July 18-20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.:  Find out about and enroll in various benefit programs like health insurance, disability, prescription drugs, and utility bill and tax bill assistance. Their […]

 

Harrowgate: Outsiders Pitch In When Locals Don’t

Harrowgate: Outsiders Pitch In When Locals Don’t

Longtime community members fight for their neighborhood one block at a time in Harrowgate. Repelling drug dealers, moving addicts along and fighting opportunistic slumlords starts less with city-wide policy and more with in-person communication and leading by example. Local civic association leaders like Shannon Farrell and Jim Ridgway do it neighborhood-wide. But it’s the block captains […]

 

How To: Become A Block Captain

How To: Become A Block Captain

The City of Philadelphia provides support for citizens who’d like to become active in their community. While anyone can round up their neighbors to keep their street clean, the city can help by providing supplies and special trash pickups. The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) runs a Block Captain program, and all you have to do […]