Hunting Park: Black Diamond Dance Troupe Prepares Girls For Healthy Futures Through Dance and Mentoring

Hunting Park: Black Diamond Dance Troupe Prepares Girls For Healthy Futures Through Dance and Mentoring

Hip-Hop music played loudly at the Hunting Park Recreation Center, where a group of young girls smiled with joy as they began preparation for their next performance. The Black Diamond Dance Troupe was founded two years ago by Camisha Moyer, Shana Bowman and Kishna Jeantine, who serve as the dance coaches for the troupe. The […]

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Education: English Teacher Aims To Improve Opportunities Inside And Outside The Classroom

Education: English Teacher Aims To Improve Opportunities Inside And Outside The Classroom

Kayla Conklin currently serves as the department head of the English department at Esperanza Academy Charter High School in West Hunting Park. That title is just one of many she holds at the school, mainly comprised of minority students in the surrounding neighborhoods. Between the hours of 8:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Conklin is either […]

 

Hunting Park: Program Leader Gives Back to the Next Generation of Lenfest Center Learners

Hunting Park: Program Leader Gives Back to the Next Generation of Lenfest Center Learners

As a youth in Hunting Park, Kysheen Wilson was always looking for a place that he could get excited about. In 2007, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League began to use the building on N.10th St. in Hunting Park for athletic activity for youths from ages 6-18. Wilson started taking advantage of the programs offered there almost […]

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Hunting Park: SquashSmarts Prepares Kids For What Is Next In Life Through Squash

Hunting Park: SquashSmarts Prepares Kids For What Is Next In Life Through Squash

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 […]

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Hunting Park: Community Leader Preaches Squash and Family to Students

Hunting Park: Community Leader Preaches Squash and Family to Students

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 […]

 

Northern Liberties: Dancing Towards a Better Future

Northern Liberties: Dancing Towards a Better Future

Living Arts Dance and Fitness Studio was started by Jaquetta Colson. Originally form Washington, D.C., Colson studied dance at the Duke Ellington School for Performing Arts as well as the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre School in New York. Colson also studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she earned her B.F.A. […]

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North Central: From Troubled Teen to Farmer

North Central: From Troubled Teen to Farmer

At 17, Nelson Jones started to see his father in him and didn’t like what he saw. Nelson grew up in a family with13 siblings and an alcoholic father who use to beat his mother. Nelson was deemed a juvenile delinquent because he had been in jail twice and because he beat his own girlfriend […]