News Roundup July 15, 2016


Breakthrough Philadelphia helps students go to college

When Derrick McLean was in 6th grade at A.B. Day Elementary School in Mount Airy, his mind wasn’t focused on whether he would ever attend college.

But that changed one day when a someone came to his school to talk about a special program being offered to the students. Sure, it would require him to give up part of his summer and one day a week after school. But the idea appealed to him. Read more.

Philadelphians react to an emotional 72 hours in America

Emotions ranged between despair, resignation, fear and consternation for many Philadelphians over the police–involved shootings in Minnesota of Philander Castille and Alton Sterling in Louisiana and the sniper attack in Dallas which left five officers dead and several others wounded. Read more.

How Bartram’s Garden is using its historic mission for new work on the Schuylkill

Look at Southwest Philadelphia’s remote 45-acre National Historic Landmark Bartram’s Garden, planted along the lower banks of the Schuylkill River and long viewed as distant and inaccessible to its neighbors. For the past few years, the Bartram’s Garden Association (BGA) has been trying to change that, by following its founding.

“When John Bartram established the farm, his orientation was entirely toward the river,” said Maitreyi Roy, BGA’s executive director. “The river was his highway.” Read more.

Catching a Wave… in a Park

Philadelphia nonprofits are catching a wave. Tidal forces like the Civic Commons project and city-wide efforts to create or revitalize community-based civic assets like parks, monuments, trails and libraries are already encouraging more social and economic integration. Like-minded organizations such as Bartram’s Garden, Smith Memorial Playground, Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo are harnessing this newfound energy to re-examine the role Philadelphia’s venerable institutions play in impacting social good. And the results are triggering a sea change. Read more.

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