The loud sound of the collision of a rubber squash ball with a white wall reverberated around the squash courts at SquashSmarts, on the second floor of the Lenfest Center, as sweat dripped down the faces of the students and coaches while they prepared for another day’s work. The noise and buzz represented another day […]
Young children played and screamed happily at the Lenfest Center on N. 10th St in Hunting Park as Gil Motley arrived for his chess club. His infectious smile and personality captivated the space as he walked through the door to Classroom A, where his club will soon commence. As Motley entered the room, he reached […]
Nabilla Ariffin is the community impact director at SquashSmarts, a non-profit academic and athletic program which uses the game of squash to keep kids healthy, in school and on track to graduate. Since joining the program just six months ago, Ariffin has made an immediate impact in the Hunting Park community and looks to grow […]
Hunting Park in North Philadelphia offers many places for its community members to come together. These places inspire growth in the community and keep the lights on to promote a positive environment. Here are five places in Hunting Park that uplift members of the community. The Lenfest Center Built in 2007, originally as a building for […]
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 […]
When you leave the neighborhood you grew up in, it can be easy to simply move on from the troubles you faced there. Many want to escape their, perhaps, troublesome pasts and move on toward their futures, but for Hunting Park native Ryan Harris, forgetting isn’t an option. Harris, 29, grew up in Hunting Park […]
It slipped out of someone’s mouth. There are consequences when that four-letter word gets uttered. Not the bar-of-soap “Christmas Story” consequences. There was no swear-jar on-hand storing allowance money. No time-out corner to get exiled to for some quiet, reflective time. But there was a sideline and a half-court line. And there was the whistle-blowing […]
These parental role models are helping engage Hunting Park’s youth in positive activities.
Absent parents. Incarcerated fathers. Children of violence. For parents and children in underserved parts of the city, the narrative far too often reads the same. Headlines tell of kids losing their lives too soon, a good kid getting caught up with the wrong crowd. A network of parents in the Hunting Park community thinks it’s […]
Kevin Oberst brings City Year experience to help Hunting Park community stay connected.
Lights were out and a sign on the door read “closed,” but a few tiny fists still came knocking on the Lenfest Center’s doors during after-school hours on Jan. 27. Kevin Oberst, the youth center’s full-time outreach coordinator, popped out of his office to break the news that programs were canceled for the day due […]