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Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Brewerytown: Coffee Shop Doubles as a Resource for Former Foster Youths

Though it seems like an ordinary coffee shop, The Monkey & The Elephant in Brewerytown is an entirely unique organization. Its only employees, besides management, are young people who have just recently exited the foster system. Lisa Miccolis, the founder and executive director of The Monkey & The Elephant, pictured above, had years of experience working […]

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West Oak Lane: Simons Recreation Center Director Offers “Safe Haven for the Kids”

West Oak Lane: Simons Recreation Center Director Offers “Safe Haven for the Kids”

For Amenah Claiborne, her role as center director at Simons Recreation Center doesn’t feel like work. Instead, her job reminds her of a family, one that is helping to provide a safe haven for kids living in the West Oak Lane community. Claiborne has worked within Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for 18 years. After graduating […]

 

North Philadelphia : Principal Makes an Impact on Young Lives, Community

North Philadelphia : Principal Makes an Impact on Young Lives, Community

“One band. One sound. And the beat goes on,” said Dunbar Promise Academy Principal Dawn Moore of her dedication to unity amongst herself, her school and her community. In her position, Moore wears many hats – school leader, community powerhouse and change advocate. However, for the past six years she’s focused her energy on revitalizing […]

 By Megan Mazza

Frankford: Neighborhood Needs H.E.R.O.E.S.

Frankford: Neighborhood Needs H.E.R.O.E.S.

Frankford native Chris Gulledge strongly believes that unlike Batman and other fictional characters admired by children, fathers are the real heroes. Once a struggling single parent, Gulledge knows first hand how difficult parenthood can be for men of all ages, and he’s now determined to provide support and assistance to those who need it. His […]

 By Veronica Wisely and Yakira Young

University City: Ronald McDonald House Offers Homey Environment for Ailing Families

University City: Ronald McDonald House Offers Homey Environment for Ailing Families

[vimeo 50548347] It would take a second glance through the gates of the building to recognize the familiar face of Ronald McDonald. Located at 3925 Chestnut St. in University City, the arch above this building’s gate reads, “Ronald McDonald House.” Part of this 1800s mansion has been transformed by modern renovations into a home away from […]