Promise Neighborhood April 2020 Newsletter: Covid-19 Guide
Who Are We?
The West Philadelphia P romise Neighborhood is a U.S. Department of Education funded grant to support "cradle-to-career" opportunities for children living or going to school in Belmont, East Parkside, Mantua, Mill Creek, Powelton Village, and West Powelton / Saunders Park. The program seeks to improve education, health, and economic success for children, their families and the community.
COVID-19 Text Alerts: Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
Covid-19 Resource Guide
For Families
We know this is a very difficult and stressful time. Our hearts go out to those who have been sickened in this pandemic, and their families.We want you to know that the PN team remains busy and active online in supporting our West Philadelphia families during the COVID-19 crisis. 
Click on the link for a listing of resources from the City and partners including free meal sites for children. Continue to look for updates and stay safe and healthy.
Meal Sites in the Promise Neighborhood

School Meal Sites for Children:
Philadelphia Learning Academy (4300 Westminster Ave) Mondays and Thursday 9-12pm

West Philadelphia High School (4901 Chestnut St.) Mondays and Thursdays 9-12pm

Belmont Charter (907 N. 41st St) Days and Times Vary

PHA Grab and Go Meals:
Westpark Apartments (300 N. Busti St) Monday-Friday 9-12

Mighty Writers (3520 Fairmount Avenue) Monday-Friday 12-1pm

Box of Groceries (one per household):
People's Emergency Center (3750 Lancaster Avenue) Mondays and Thursday 10-12pm
Miles Mack Rec Center (732 N. 34th St.) Mondays and Thursdays 10-12pm

For a full listing of Meal sites, visit
Thank you to all essential employees in the Promise Neighborhood and all over the city. The rest of us will continue to do our part by protecting ourselves by washing our hands and staying home!
Jeffrey's Journeys
Thank you to our Community Outreach Coordinator, Jeffrey Jordan, and team members from Action for Early Learning for handing out and delivering meals, books, and resource bags for families in the Promise Neighborhood during this time. These resource bags were assembled by volunteers from the Vanguard Black Professionals Network on Martin Luther King Day.
Updates from Promise Neighborhood Partners
Action for Early Learning 

Keeping our Community Healthy and Safe with a resource guide from AFEL partner, First Up
Dornsife School of Public Health
The Drexel School of Public Health is doing a webinar series on what we know so far about COVID-19 and various implications of this pandemic and situation.
Introducing Dornsife Center Online this Spring

As we all continue to adapt to the prevention methods of social distancing, the Dornsife Center and its partners are developing creative ways to continue programs remotely as an additional way to access the Dornsife Center. This includes the Dornsife Center's virtual office on Zoom where you can talk with a Dornsife Center representative live between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday . Call in with your phone or connect on the internet with your computer to ask questions, find out more about our online programs, or get information about resources available in the community.

Join us online at  or call  +16465189805, Meeting ID 475921923# US (New York)/   +16468769923, Meeting ID 475921923# US (New York). 

Other programs and services continuing remotely include:
  • Public Speaking at Dornsife Center Online - Teaching professor of communication, Lawrence Souder, will be offering weekly sessions online where participants will learn and practice effective public speaking skills.
  • Helms Academy Online - The Helms Academy is moving online with their virtual adult education workshops. Click the link below.
  • Stern Community Lawyering Clinic - Stern CLC will be accepting phone appointments for prioritized cases involving estate planning, unemployment compensation, benefits appeals, pardons, and compassionate release. 

For more information about Dornsife Center online programs and other resources in the community, please join our virtual office on Zoom, email us at , or call us at 215-571-4013.
Academy of Natural Science Home Experiments:
Play at Home with Playworks :
Playworks wants to help make sure kids still get to play every day. School closures are significantly changing day-to-day life for kids across the country and the world. Families are looking for ways to keep their kids engaged, active, and having fun. And teachers are looking for support interacting with students virtually. Playworks is coming to you live 3x a day 5 days a week--Mondays through Friday!
Health and Wellness
Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Coronavirus

It is important to find ways to cope with the uncertainties we face and taking care of ourselves and each other is essential in the days and weeks ahead.
Employment Opportunities
These Employers are looking for IMMEDIATE Help during the Coronavirus outbreak
Caregiver Information
On March 27, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules Pennsylvania’s primary election from April 28 to  June 2  due to the COVID-19 emergency. Voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to their polling place on election day.

Mail-in ballot applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 26, 2020. If a voter has already applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot, they do NOT need to reapply

Make it Count: Support the 2020 Census
NOW More Than Ever: The Census is Critical!
Residences should have already received their invitation to complete the Census via mail, phone, or online. To complete the survey online, residents should visit:
If completing the Census online, please do so in one sitting, as responses are  not  saved.

Due to the coronavirus, all dates has been extended by two weeks:

  • Window to complete self-responses may extend through May 28, 2020
  • August 14th deadline for door knocking has been pushed back by two weeks
School Information
The School District of Philadelphia has launched a plan to loan a Chromebook to every District K-12 student who needs one for learning at home. It will also make digital content available to help students retain, learn and apply skills and strategies with the support of a teacher.
The loaner program is free and there’s no obligation to participate. If you are the parent or guardian of a District K-12 student who needs a Chromebook for learning at home, there’s nothing you need to do at this time. Principals will notify families of the exact date when they can pick up Chromebooks from their child’s school. 
Join Dr. Hite every Wednesday at 3pm on Facebook Live for the latest updates on the coronavirus, school closures, meal plans, learning guides and more.

Kindergarten registration is now OPEN and you can do it ONLINE if your child is 5 on or before September 1st.
Kindergarten Registration Tip:

Gather these 5 items in order to register :
  • child's proof of age
  • current immunization record
  • parent/legal guardian identification
  • proof of address (2 forms)
  • homeless youth are entitled to enrollment and families are not required to prove residency regarding school enrollment
Register on your phone!
You don't even need a scanner.
You can take a photo of your documents and upload directly to your phone.
April Tip for Schooling at Home:


It's important to have set hours for school, meals, chores, and
 other daily activities.
Resources for Teens
Virtual resources for teens

Now can be a good time for teens to develop or improve skills like typing, learning a new language, coding, or preparing for the SAT. Click on the link below for a google doc of resources for teens in areas such as arts to study skills that will be updated frequently  by our partners at Fab Youth Philly.
It's Never too Early to Start Thinking About Summer Jobs
Start collecting the necessary items for your summer job.
These are 4 documents you may need:

-Social Security Card
-School ID or Report Card
-Birth Certificate or Passport
-Work Permit
WorkReady is accepting applications for Summer 2020 Jobs today!
Fab Youth Philly is optimistic that there will be an opportunity for teens to have a job this summer, and want them to work with their great team. While dates are still uncertain, teens are encouraged to fill out an application.   
Attention all High School Students! Philadelphia Student Union members are leading an effort to organize a city-wide newspaper to collect the stories of young people and connect all of their experiences to organize change throughout their schools! Text Aden Gonzalez at 267-977-2323 if interested.
Summer Camp Applications
Applications are now open for our Young Dragons Summer STEAM Program
(June 22nd-July 30th)

Don’t forget about the ExCITe Center’s annual 
(August 10th-14th)
  • For high school students
  • SMT is an innovative experience using music to motivate interest in science technology and engineering. 
  • Accepted students participate at no cost. Applications are due by May 1st!
Application for FREE Math Corps Summer
Program is Open
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