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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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Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Those around him have often recognized Officer Ernest Pollard (above) for his dedication and desire to help others inside of the Goldie Paley PAL Center, as well as on the streets of Philadelphia … and on the basketball court. The Paley PAL Center, located on Germantown Avenue, is where Pollard spends much of his time during the […]

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South Philly: Police Athletic League Provides A Safe Haven For Youths

South Philly: Police Athletic League Provides A Safe Haven For Youths

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia was created in 1947 by a police sergeant who wanted to create a baseball team made up of neighborhood kids who wanted to play. Since then, PAL has worked to build strong relationships in the communities around the city. PAL has also worked to keep the image of the […]

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Oxford Circle: PAL Helps Neighborhood Youth Succeed

Oxford Circle: PAL Helps Neighborhood Youth Succeed

The Oxford Circle Police Athletic League is part of a nonprofit organization that seeks to build relationships between police officers and children within the neighborhood. Its goal is to keep kids off the street and to give them a safe place to come and have fun while learning valuable life lessons. Three years ago, Officer Bruno Estevez […]

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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 […]

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Germantown: One Man’s Army of Suits Gives Opportunities to Others

Germantown: One Man’s Army of Suits Gives Opportunities to Others

WAY Haberdashery, located at 1605 Rockland St., is home to the WAY Foundation. Marine veteran Stephen Fortt (above) has run the non-profit for nearly a decade and has provided professional attire for thousands of people. Providing resources for individuals in need is the mission at Wardrobe for Adolescents and Youth. Fortt, executive director of the […]

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South Philadelphia: Former Teacher Helps Others Work with Young People

South Philadelphia: Former Teacher Helps Others Work with Young People

Andrea DiMola, a former math teacher, is now the director of the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC). DiMola was born and raised in South Jersey. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at The College of William and Mary, but then moved to Philadelphia for grad school at the University of Pennsylvania. DiMola has her master’s in education. SEPC […]

 

Germantown: A Place for Young Mothers to Call Home

Germantown: A Place for Young Mothers to Call Home

Covenant House is a non-governmental, international organization that serves teenage and adolescent runaway homeless and trafficked youth. They have the only five beds in the entire city of Philadelphia that is specifically targeted for teenage and adolescent mothers and babies. “One of the reasons some young kids would be kicked out of their home is […]

 

Kensington: A Lot Of Heart Has Gone Into Revitalizing A Community

Kensington: A Lot Of Heart Has Gone Into Revitalizing A Community

In the heart of Kensington, one corporation has made it its mission to be a source of hope to everyone, from children to veterans to recently released inmates. The multitude of projects currently in development are set to have significant impacts on the community. Impact Services Corporation has been serving the Kensington section of Philadelphia since […]

 

Tioga: Baseball Is An Outlet For Youth Involvement

Tioga: Baseball Is An Outlet For Youth Involvement

The youth of Tioga have found a place they really feel at home at the Tioga United Baseball Field. The Tioga United Baseball Organization has been an outlet for kids to get involved in baseball. With the help of coach David Fisher, this field is a safehaven for the boys that allows them to feel welcome while […]