Nicetown: Empowerment Starts In The Kitchen

Nicetown: Empowerment Starts In The Kitchen

A youth advocate, chef and lifelong North Philadelphia resident, Ariq Barrett saw a lack of role models in his community and wanted to reach youths on a different level. His solution? Black Boyz Can Cook is a program that creates a space where young black boys could learn the principles of healthy eating, entrepreneurship, community […]

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Northwest Philadelphia: Jumpstart Germantown Looks to Revitalize the Community One Property at a Time

Northwest Philadelphia: Jumpstart Germantown Looks to Revitalize the Community One Property at a Time

Jumpstart Germantown is a redevelopment program that was established in April, 2014 by Mount Airy real estate developer Ken Weinstein. The organization tackles the problems of blighted properties in the Northwest by training a new generation of developers how to invest in and revitalize real estate. “I liked taking junk, something like old buildings, and doing […]

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Mantua: “They Help Me and They Say, ‘Don’t Be Afraid.'”

Mantua: “They Help Me and They Say, ‘Don’t Be Afraid.'”

When Saquan Dixon walks through the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, he feels a vibe much different from the Kensington neighborhood where he was raised. Neither Mantua, also known as “The Bottom,” nor his neighborhood in Kensington have sparkling reputations but the 20-year-old Dixon sees a bright spot in Philadelphia’s Promise Zone. “I’m not too familiar […]

 

Veterans’ Affairs: Leadership Boot Camp

Veterans’ Affairs: Leadership Boot Camp

The question “if not me, then who?” is central to a new program developed by the Travis Manion Foundation. In the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, 1st Lieutenant Travis Manion was killed when his group was attacked while searching a suspected insurgent’s home. Inspired by his service his family created the Travis Manion Foundation in his honor. […]