South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

The intersection of Lawrence and Jefferson streets may seem like a regular corner, but between noon and 1 p.m. a line will form in front of a nondescript apartment window. Members of the community will patiently wait outside The Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker House for the free, hot lunch it provides Monday through Thursday […]

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South Philadelphia: Former Teacher Helps Others Work with Young People

South Philadelphia: Former Teacher Helps Others Work with Young People

Andrea DiMola, a former math teacher, is now the director of the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC). DiMola was born and raised in South Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at The College of William and Mary, but then moved to Philadelphia for grad school at the University of Pennsylvania. DiMola has her master’s in education. SEPC […]

 

Mantua: Five Community Organizations Revitalizing the Neighborhood

Mantua: Five Community Organizations Revitalizing the Neighborhood

Philadelphia’s Mantua neighborhood has been a recent target of revitalization, even getting federal attention. Here are five local organizations that have already been putting in the work to make a change in Mantua. Mighty Writers Recently highlighted for winning the 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for the outstanding audio documentary “Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul […]

 

South Philadelphia: Motivating Students From Immigrant Families

South Philadelphia: Motivating Students From Immigrant Families

On any given weekday afternoon, there are elementary school students completing their homework with the help of tutors and volunteers at the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia’s after school program. The room bursts with youthful energy when the constraints of homework can’t keep them down and many students enjoy running around and playing with friends […]

 

Al Dia: Kensington High CAPA Latinos Overcome Odds to Graduate

Al Dia: Kensington High CAPA Latinos Overcome Odds to Graduate

No one ever said life at an inner-city school would be easy, but Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts has managed to overcome many obstacles to provide its students with an education that they can build on. Kensington High School CAPA, as it is often called, boasts a 62.2 percent graduation rate […]

 

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Al Día: 5 People You Should Know

Although they make up just 12 percent of Philadelphia, the city’s Latino population is not shy about making their mark on the community. These are five people within Philadelphia’s Latino community who are dedicated to making a difference. These five people are a small sampling of the noteworthy Latinos who call Philadelphia their home.   […]

 By Samuel A. Scimeca

West Philly: After-School Program Helps Local Children With Their Writing Skills

West Philly: After-School Program Helps Local Children With Their Writing Skills

[vimeo 79246709] On the corner of 39th and Lancaster Avenue stands an unusual building with a circular facade like no other on the street. This building is perfect to house an organization like no other nearby, Mighty Writers. Mighty Writers is a nonprofit organization that teaches students how to write and think clearly. “We provide writing […]

 By Adam Clark

Carroll Park: After School Program Provides Education Extension

Carroll Park: After School Program Provides Education Extension

[vimeo 63865389] In the Carroll Park section of Philadelphia sits Resurrection Baptist Church, which for the past two years has been providing extra education for children of the area with their after school program. The church, located at 54th Street and Lansdowne Avenue, is headed by Pastor Robert McFadden. McFadden said the program was started to […]

 By Kate Trowbridge and Siena Mazero

Nicetown: Boys and Girls Club Provides Safe Alternative After-School Activites

Nicetown: Boys and Girls Club Provides Safe Alternative After-School Activites

The  Shane Victorino Boys and Girls Club, located at 4000 N. Clarissa St., provides children and teenagers with a safe place where they can enjoy sports and other recreational activities with their friends. “Boys and Girls clubs in general were actually created around the time of the Civil War and it was started by a […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: Club Den Provides After-School Program to Students

Nicetown/Tioga: Club Den Provides After-School Program to Students

With the help of the nonprofit To Our Children’s Future With Health Inc., Club Den has grown into a well known after-school center for families. Located at 1422 W. Venango St., the center may appear to be just another house on the block, but since 1998 the after-school program has grown to offer a variety […]