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Old City: PhillyCAM Provides Community with Media Access

Old City: PhillyCAM Provides Community with Media Access

Philadelphia fought to get its public access television for 27 years and, on October 23, 2009, that fight came to an end. Philadelphia Community Access Media (PhillyCAM) started its cable broadcasting on Comcast and Verizon. PhillyCAM is non-profit organization that operates Philadelphia’s public access television. Located on the corner at Seventh and Ranstead streets, the doors […]

 

Hunting Park: Art Exhibit Provides Safe Space for Youth

Hunting Park: Art Exhibit Provides Safe Space for Youth

Laughter and chatter filled the air as 30 people gathered in a tiny space in Hunting Park for an art exhibit entitled “I Am,” a self-reflective show on identity. The space, called Orange Korner Arts, seeks to provide a safe Christian-based environment for the youth and their families to explore the arts and the turn out was […]

 

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

The Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is one of many outreach facilities dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kensington. Led by Sister Betty Scanlon, a Sister of Mercy and director of CCV, the center tries to fill the gaps in services needed by local residents. “We learn so much from the community. This facility is […]

 

Kensington: After-School Program Offers Safe Haven, Educational Assistance

Kensington: After-School Program Offers Safe Haven, Educational Assistance

Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in Kensington is a hub for creativity, extracurricular activity and educational assistance. Dominique James, the director of the high school after-school program, spends her days offering a positive lifestyle to students in Philadelphia who might otherwise get caught up in a life of crime and poor choices. What was your personal […]

 

Mantua: Richard Purdie Looking For a Full House at Community Center

Mantua: Richard Purdie Looking For a Full House at Community Center

As president of the Mantua Haverford Community Center, Richard Purdie is the heart of the neighborhood. He saw Mantua’s need for a reliable and safe place where children could get away from crime on the street and have a good meal. As a founding member of the Concerned Citizens of Mantua, created 15 years ago, […]

 

Gayborhood: The Center For The Community

Gayborhood: The Center For The Community

It is not just services, colorful flags and signs that make a visible community, but also an atmosphere that makes people feel celebrated and welcomed. The things that make the Gayborhood a visible community are the cultural organizations, anchor buildings and businesses like the William Way LGBT Community Center, which provides resources and a safe atmosphere for […]

 

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

Al Dia: Five Places You Should Know

“Welcome to the center of gold” as the mural reads, or in this case the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairhill section, located at the intersection of 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue. Fairhill has the highest concentration of Latino residents of any neighborhood in Philadelphia, but it is just one of many Latino hotspots located throughout the […]

 By Micaella Wesley and Samuel Scimeca

Mantua: New Catholic School Education is Back at MHCC

Mantua: New Catholic School Education is Back at MHCC

There are many reasons why community centers are great to have in the neighborhood. They are a safe place for children to go after school. They make more jobs in the area and also hold events like dances and parties. Community centers serve as an affordable place for children to learn, have fun, participate in […]

 By Tasia N. Morgan

Lesedi La Batho Daycare Center Uplifts Community

Lesedi La Batho Daycare Center Uplifts Community

[vimeo 72469489] A special daycare center, located 16-miles north of Pretoria, South Africa, opened in 2011. This center in Mabopane, operated by Lesedi La Batho, not only provides childcare but also aims to empower and motivate local youth and the community. The center gives young mothers free services, teaches new mothers about proper baby care and […]

 By Siena Mazero

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Center Works to End Hunger

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Center Works to End Hunger

A nonprofit that started out small in 1976 has grown to offer several different levels of assistance to neighbors in Nicetown-Tioga. The Nicetown-Tioga neighborhoods have increasingly grown, along with seeing an increase in the amount of its economically-challenged families. According the United States Census Bureau, as of 2012, more than 1 in 3 people in […]