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Education: An Assistant Principal Helping Craft Inclusive Environments

Education: An Assistant Principal Helping Craft Inclusive Environments

Odamis Fernandez-Scheinbaum is the assistant principal at Independence Charter School. Fernandez-Scheinbaum, having worked previously as reading specialist and assessment coordinator at the K-8 community-based charter school, has been at ICS for more than 10 years. The school, located at 16th and Lombard streets in Center City, emphasizes second language acquisition and teaching students to become […]

 

Mifflin Square: Keith Mui Helps Make Room For All In Mifflin Square Park Renovation

Mifflin Square: Keith Mui Helps Make Room For All In Mifflin Square Park Renovation

Since November 2016, SEAMAAC has partnered with other organizations that work with Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee populations to rebuild Mifflin Square Park, located in South Philadelphia at Sixth and Wolf streets. In collaboration with organizations like the Bhutanese American Organization, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, SEAMAAC developed a park renovation […]

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Latinx: Hispanic-Owned Businesses Continue To Grow in the Greater Philadelphia Region

Latinx: Hispanic-Owned Businesses Continue To Grow in the Greater Philadelphia Region

On a national level, the Latinx baby boom is expected to increase the population by 167% in the next thirty years. With an ever growing population of about 1.6 million residents, the Latinx community in Philadelphia brings vitality not only culturally but economically. Concentrated in Hispanic-populated areas, these businesses are multiplying just as fast as […]

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East Passyunk: An East Passyunk Native Who Has Grown With The Community

East Passyunk:  An East Passyunk Native Who Has Grown With The Community

John Medica has been a recreation leader and facility supervisor at the East Passyunk Community Center for four years, since they first opened as a city-run community center. During his time here, he has seen the positive change, particularly for children, that the center has provided in terms of having a safe space to play […]

 

Immigration: A Snapshot Of The Korean Immigrant’s Experience In Philadelphia

Immigration: A Snapshot Of The Korean Immigrant’s Experience In Philadelphia

In many ways, Bok Won Kang’s immigration story is like that of many Korean immigrants to Philadelphia. Kang, who is now the officer of civil affairs for the Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia, first came to the United States as a student in 1968 during his high school years. Kang liked his experience in […]

 

How To: Apply For A Green Card (Adjustment Of Status)

How To: Apply For A Green Card (Adjustment Of Status)

It’s hard to understand immigration without understanding the process that immigrants have to weave their way through in order to maintain a stay in another country. “It is a serious process,” said Jane Cowley, public affairs officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Philadelphia. “It is not a process to be undertaken lightly, but […]

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Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Behind tinted storefront glass and an intercom-locked door, lies Vipul Patel’s vision: spotless walls and slick flooring, flanked by flat screen displays and colored bleach-white, with a painstakingly grown ivy backdrop behind the front desk. Restore does its best to subvert the stigma and stereotyping around marijuana culture, at least superficially, a move that Patel […]

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Comedy: Laughing Matters

Comedy: Laughing Matters

“I was wondering why stand-up is good,” said Shane Gillis, a stand-up comedian who has been performing for about six years. “It’s just because you get to pay money to sit in a room and hear a guy tell the truth and you don’t see that anywhere else.” When people go to a comedy show […]

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Fishtown: Pastor Eric Dorsey Treats The Person, Not The Issue

Fishtown: Pastor Eric Dorsey Treats The Person, Not The Issue

Pastor Eric Dorsey is the director of the Philadelphia Brotherhood Mission Ministries shelter project at the corner of Columbia and East Girard avenues in Fishtown. For the past four years, Dorsey has continued an endeavor originally founded by a Temple University contributor over a century ago. What is the goal of your organization? Back in […]

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Mayfair: Young Entrepreneur Aims for Representation Through Clothing Business

Mayfair: Young Entrepreneur Aims for Representation Through Clothing Business

Wearing gold frilly earrings, a long, over-sized blue sweatshirt and high-waisted mom jeans, Jennifer Mota loves to experiment with bold fashion statements. At 26-years old, she is the owner and fashion designer of Hu-Huako Custom Apparel. Mota takes her business very serious; especially when it comes to making other women feel beautiful in their own […]