Northeast: Brain Waste Drags Down Immigrants And Economy

Northeast: Brain Waste Drags Down Immigrants And Economy

All along Bustleton Avenue are businesses built by foreign-born people who came to the U.S. in pursuit of a better life. Yet many highly educated and skilled immigrants are underemployed in Northeast Philadelphia and the U.S. “Over 40 percent of immigrants in Philadelphia hold at least a bachelor’s degree,” said Nikki Pumphrey, director of strategic […]

 

Bustleton: Helping Immigrants Navigate a New World

Bustleton: Helping Immigrants Navigate a New World

For adults who have recently immigrated to the United States, whether working or unemployed, daily life can often be a struggle in and of itself. Resources to cultivate educational opportunities or to develop second-language skills may be more scarce than one thinks, and a life of poverty and feelings of being an outcast are sometimes […]

 

Passyunk: City’s Immigrant Population Receives Practical Language Skills with Help from Iron Chef

Passyunk: City’s Immigrant Population Receives Practical Language Skills with Help from Iron Chef

With nine restaurants in Philadelphia alone, Iron Chef Jose Garces is synonymous with the city’s culinary culture. A second generation immigrant, Garces uses his success to support the Garces Foundation, his nonprofit that works to create practical opportunities for the city’s immigrant population. Started by Jose Garces and his wife, Beatriz Mirabal Garces, the Foundation […]

 

South Philadelphia: Vietnamese Community United in Prayer

South Philadelphia: Vietnamese Community United in Prayer

A chanting voice flows out of the top floor windows of the Chua Bo De Buddhist Temple in South Philadelphia. A drum beat signals the followers to recite the mantra. Draped in plain blue robes, they crouch down on the floor and plant their heads in the red carpet. The smoky scent of incense wafts […]

 

Immigration: Welcome Center Offers Assistance to New Pennsylvanians

Immigration: Welcome Center Offers Assistance to New Pennsylvanians

Immigrants trying to establish a new life in Philadelphia face many barriers. Financial hardships and finding a place to live can be especially arduous if they lack what most locals take for granted – like reading and speaking English effectively. The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians offers new inhabitants an opportunity to achieve their goals through numerous courses […]

 By Dana Ricci and Jillian Crull

South Philadelphia: A Tutoring Program for Spanish-Speaking Students

South Philadelphia: A Tutoring Program for Spanish-Speaking Students

Crayons scribbled across papers, filling in the lines. Pencils scrawled careful letters. The sounds of stories being told to eager ears bounced throughout the room where students were finished with their homework for the day with the help of the tutors at Puentes Hacia el Futuro, a tutoring program designed to fit the needs of […]

 By Jessica Herring and R. Chase Grier

Fairhill: Providence Center Offers After-School Homework Club

Fairhill: Providence Center Offers After-School Homework Club

Aristedez Velazquez, 8, squirmed in his seat, unable to contain his bursting energy. Although Velazquez and his fellow second-graders from Julia de Burgos Elementary wanted nothing more than to run around in Fairhill Park across the street, they reluctantly resigned themselves to doing math and reading homework. These students took part in Providence Center’s Homework […]

 By Pamela Seaton and Kirsten Stamn

Bustleton: Teaching English Provides Valuable Help to Local Residents

Bustleton: Teaching English Provides Valuable Help to Local Residents

“Alright class, now which of these has food and which of these has actions?” Kathy Fagan pointed to two words on the chalkboard in front of her: “ingredients” and “instructions”. For that day’s lesson, her small class of eight students discussed the concept of a recipe in their makeshift classroom in the basement of the Bustleton Library. In […]