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Hunting Park: Local Efforts Encourage Minorities And Millennials To Vote

Hunting Park: Local Efforts Encourage Minorities And Millennials To Vote

Equipped with pledge cards, iPods, and polling data, a group of five millennials cramped into a minivan. Maneuvering through North Philadelphia, the team knocked door-to-door along nestled rowhomes in Hunting Park, Juniata Park, and Feltonville, greeted by residents stricken with consternations surrounding Election Day. The canvassing clan is a constituent of the National Council of […]

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West Kensington: Peace Corps Alumnus Continues Work With Latino Community

West Kensington: Peace Corps Alumnus Continues Work With Latino Community

Entering the Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) is an experience in itself. With bright colors, the side-by-side row homes create a place that becomes a safe haven for youth in Kensington. Through numerous after-school programs, garden projects and summer work opportunities, the NSNP works to support and bring together the Latino youth community. Justin Trezza, the […]

 

South Philadelphia: World Cup Soccer Unites Ninth Street’s Thriving Latino Community

South Philadelphia: World Cup Soccer Unites Ninth Street’s Thriving Latino Community

Latino pride is especially strong this summer in South Philadelphia, with this year’s FIFA World Cup being the talk of the neighborhood and capturing the attention of many locals, including the city’s growing Hispanic contingent. The global soccer tournament, which occurs every four years, drew in an average of more than 5 million viewers per game in the United […]

 

Poplar: Concilio Helps Community Make Informed Decisions

Poplar: Concilio Helps Community Make Informed Decisions

It is not an exaggeration to say that there are hundreds of concerns that come to mind during the process of buying a home. From qualifying for mortgages to what to look for in a property, it’s hard to do everything right without help. The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations – simply known as Concilio […]

 

Al Dia: Latina Counselor Helps Kenginston CAPA Students

Al Dia: Latina Counselor Helps Kenginston CAPA Students

As Keila Vargas puts it, she has two babies back at home and countless others at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (KCAPA). Vargas, whose parents are from the Dominican Republic, is the guidance counselor at KCAPA. While serving the student body as a whole, Vargas feels a special connection with the […]

 By Donald DeCray III and Dana Ritter

Olney: Church Serves as Backbone to Latino Community

Olney: Church Serves as Backbone to Latino Community

Spanish is the sole language spoken during the third Mass on Sundays at St. William Parish, located in Olney at 6200 Rising Sun Ave. More than 150 attended this Mass. Parishioners usually began arriving at 10 am. Everyone arriving greets each other warmly with a hug or a kiss or a clasped hand. Some will stand […]

 By Kriston Bethel and Tim Johnson

Hunting Park: Community Organization Seeks to Combat Poverty With Education

Hunting Park: Community Organization Seeks to Combat Poverty With Education

Around two decades ago, the factory on the corner of Fifth Street and Bristol Avenue used to make envelopes. Not exactly the first place you’d expect to go for a college education. Esperanza College was founded in 2000 by the community development organization Esperanza, Inc. to bring quality higher education to a population that may […]

 By Caitlin Morris and James Sindaco

Kensington: Organization Tries to Change the Neighborhood’s ‘Badlands’ Image

Kensington: Organization Tries to Change the Neighborhood’s ‘Badlands’ Image

Labels are everywhere. In their best form, labels help people identify the good from the bad. In their worst form, labels unjustly stigmatize a brand, business or, as in the case of Kensington, an entire neighborhood. When manufacturing left Kensington during the late 1980s and early 1990s, it left the door open for economic downturn. […]