South Philadelphia West: At OFC Philly, Kids Are Encouraged To Screw Up

South Philadelphia West: At OFC Philly, Kids Are Encouraged To Screw Up

Finding an educational yet fun activity for children can be a difficult task. Many times, kids aren’t doing more than coloring outside the lines and playing with dolls or trucks. At OFC Philly in South Philadelphia, Nick and Erin Offenbacher are teaching local children how to build their own toy trucks. The Children’s Woodworking Class finds its home inside a […]

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Kensington: After-School Program Allows For A Comeback In The Arts

Kensington: After-School Program Allows For A Comeback In The Arts

After the school day was over at John Moffet Elementary, eager students sat attentively in an auditorium holding a tabla (“hand drum”) in one arm while rhythmically tapping with the other. With the help of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Moffet has been able to maintain an after-school program that focuses on enriching students through art […]

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South Philly: Police Athletic League Provides A Safe Haven For Youths

South Philly: Police Athletic League Provides A Safe Haven For Youths

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia was created in 1947 by a police sergeant who wanted to create a baseball team made up of neighborhood kids who wanted to play. Since then, PAL has worked to build strong relationships in the communities around the city. PAL has also worked to keep the image of the […]

 

Roxborough: Local Baseball League Brings Community Together

Roxborough: Local Baseball League Brings Community Together

There’s a reason why the 21st Ward Baseball League has been around for nearly a century. The children and parents of the community have maintained a certain type of dedication that has kept this league a place for them to feel at home every summer. Lou Fresta, the current Commissioner of the league, is a perfect […]

 

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, […]

 

Kensington: McPherson Square Park Ditches the Needles, Welcomes Children

Kensington: McPherson Square Park Ditches the Needles, Welcomes Children

McPherson Square Park, more commonly known as “Needle Park” among the Kensington community, used to be a place of high drug usage and crime. Children weren’t safe, and the risk of getting stuck by a needle was high for more than 30 years. However, efforts have been made over the years to clean up the […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation Promotes Healthier Lifestyle For Kids

Cobbs Creek: Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation Promotes Healthier Lifestyle For Kids

In a small and stuffy locker room at the Laura Sims Skate House, kids scramble to dissemble their hockey gear. They are loud and exhausted as they just stepped off the ice from a long practice, but excited to sit down for their bi-weekly lesson on nutrition. These kids are part of the Ed Snider […]

 

Pennsport: Rizzo Rink Scores a Hat Trick

A little boy of about six years old comes careening across the ice. He moves alarmingly fast for his small frame, bulked up only by the pads under his jersey. He hits the wall, falls, but manages to scoot the puck out from under an opposing player so his teammate can get a shot at […]

 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 Angela Mayo, Tasia Morgan and Samantha Ortiz

West Poplar: Children Find Hope for a Better Life at Helping Hand Rescue Mission

West Poplar: Children Find Hope for a Better Life at Helping Hand Rescue Mission

[vimeo 69121881] Founded in 1905, Helping Hand Rescue Mission is a place where those in the community can come together as one. Originally created to help the homeless, it has also become a way for children to stay off the streets. Eight years ago, Adam Bruckner came to Philadelphia looking for a way to start a […]