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Center City: New Program Combats Illiteracy Among Philadelphia’s Youth

Center City: New Program Combats Illiteracy Among Philadelphia’s Youth

The Free Library of Philadelphia has long benefited communities around the city. As the adult illiteracy rate in Philadelphia continues to rise, the library system has strengthened a two-year program called Read by 4th to combat illiteracy at a young age. “The statistic we go off of is that less than 40 percent of kids in third […]

 

Frankford: Hold Harmless Policy is Holding Back Education Funding for Frankford Schools

Frankford: Hold Harmless Policy is Holding Back Education Funding for Frankford Schools

Education funding in Philadelphia is arguably the most hotly debated topic in the city. For local Frankford schools, it has been a crippling issue even though enrollment rates in Philadelphia schools has declined by more than 25 percent in the past decade. One funding policy in particular that many believe has been harmful to Philadelphia schools is […]

 

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

A bell rang in the distance. The neighborhood was quiet at first, a cool breeze rustling fallen leaves through Stinger Park. Within minutes, the dynamic changed. Children and young teens came barreling through the quaint park from Alcorn Elementary across the street and their high school counterparts strolled casually down the sidewalk. School was out, and the not-so-subtle […]

 

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Continues to Service The Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Continues to Service The Community

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (MNM) has been a focal point to the Nicetown community since 1997 and Sister Ann Provost, the executive director of the ministry, has been there since the beginning. MNM has a wide range of programs that cater to the improvement of the children in the neighborhood. A program was recently implemented at the ministry is […]

 

Fairmount: Mi Casita Preschool Offers an Innovative Way of Teaching Students to be Bilingual

Fairmount: Mi Casita Preschool Offers an Innovative Way of Teaching Students to be Bilingual

As the only Spanish immersion preschool program in Philadelphia, Mi Casita offers a unique teaching methodology to help children become bilingual. Melissa Page, the owner and founder of Mi Casita Preschool on Fairmount Avenue, has been involved with Mi Casita for more than three years. The school officially opened in March 2015. Currently, there are about […]

 

East Falls and Germantown: Education Platforms Vital in 2016 Election

East Falls and Germantown: Education Platforms Vital in 2016 Election

The 2016 Presidential Election has been a topic of conversation throughout Philadelphia, as well as the rest of the nation. The communities East Falls and Germantown are no exception. Despite the many issues spurred in the various televised debates between candidates, many residents of East Falls and Germantown agree that the plan for children and […]

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Hunting Park: Mentor Uses Education and Squash Experience To Enrich Youth

Hunting Park: Mentor Uses Education and Squash Experience To Enrich Youth

Scott Redpath is the program director of SquashSmarts located at the Lenfest Center on 10th and Pike Streets. Since graduating from St. Lawrence University in 2009, the Philly native has been mentoring students both in the United States and overseas. Redpath was stationed in Romania through the United States Peace Corps where he taught English as a foreign […]

 

West Poplar: Jose Morales Sets His Sights On Firearms Safety Education

West Poplar: Jose Morales Sets His Sights On Firearms Safety Education

The city office that issues gun permits sits directly across the street from the Philly Firearms Academy run by Jose D. Morales. It would seem to be an ideal location for Morales, who opened up shop in 2013. But it’s been less busy than he anticipated. “If I get one or two people a day saying, ‘I […]

 

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 […]

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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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