Promise Neighborhood Newsletter 2021
Who Are We?
The West Philadelphia Promise 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 Related Resources
PDPH Covid Survey:
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health needs your help understanding the effects of COVID in Philadelphia neighborhoods and the most urgent needs that people are experiencing. Please take 5 minutes to share your feedback by completing their survey. 
The survey is short and will take you less than 10 minutes. And the information you share can help shape understanding and future resources for our neighborhoods.
Updated Meal Sites:
Covid-19 Resource Guide
For Families
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.
General resources to help support you and your family in the Promise Neighborhood.
PHLConnectED Information: More Families are Eligible
The Expanded eligibility applies to Philadelphia K-12 families who have internet in their home and:
  • Participate in public benefit programs with income qualifications; OR
  • Have a child who is designated as an English Learner; OR
  • Have a child who receives special education services.
PHLConnectED offers two ways for eligible households to get free internet:
  • An in-home high-speed internet connection, or
  • A high-speed mobile hotspot for families who are experiencing homelessness, in-between homes, housing insecure or where in-home connection is not possible
Families should dial 2-1-1 and press 1 for English or press 8 for Spanish and translation services to get in touch with the PHLConnectED hotline and find out if they’re eligible. 
Updates from Promise Neighborhood Partners
Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships
Representatives from the Dornsife Center helped celebrate Drexel's 47th Alumni Turkey Project on December 22nd by giving out turkeys and holiday meals to community organizations and families in Philadelphia.
Winter Programming at the Dornsife Center
Community Wellness Hub Health and Wellness Chats
Join us for our monthly Health and Wellness Chats

January 7th 5-6pm
January 21st 5-6pm

Join Zoom Room Chat

Dial by telephone - + 1 267 831 0333 US
Meeting ID: 980 129 155

Let’s continue to learn, talk and stay connected in 2021!

If you have a topic you are interested in hearing about please email the Community Wellness HUB at
Action for Early Learning: Celebrating Martin Luther King Day with a Virtual Family Read-Along
West Phila. Action for Early Learning will be honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with a Virtual Family Read-Along as part of the annual MLK Day of Service in partnership with Drexel University’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood, and People’s Emergency Center.  
Theme: Justice for Healthy Communities
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 10-11AM
Parents, caregivers, educators and children of all ages welcome to participate
Location: Zoom, registration required -
Winter Read Along with John Butler and Friends
Over the holiday, the West Philly Promise Neighborhood teamed up with 3 local authors (John Butler, Michelle Lockett, and Tanisha Chambers) for 3 days of virtual read-along sessions with 40 children. Each child received a free copy of each book to read with the authors as a way to promote literacy over the winter break.
Updates and Resources for Parents and Guardians
Sunrise of Philadelphia
Sunrise of Philadelphia is proud to partner with Science Leadership Academy Middle School to bring these opportunities directly to SLA-MS families. Nicole Paul, site director, is available to answer questions, assist with the application process, and support engagement of students. Contact and 215-833-4817.
Ask the Scientists: Environmental Justice Conversation for Kids
Saturday, January 16, 2021
10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Suitable for Ages 8-11 but all are welcome
What does environmental justice mean to our youngest citizens? What do they think about the issues facing our communities? What ideas do they have to help create a just and equitable world? Join Academy educators, Philadelphia experts and area community members for a kid-led conversation about environmental justice.

Action for Early Learning Grandparent Coffee Talk: Friday, January 5th at 1pm
Join in Action for Early Learning's 1st Grandparents Coffee Via Messenger will on Friday, January 15th @1pm.

Email @ or call
267-648-9730 to be added to the messenger invite!
Free Online Computer Skills Trainings
Mighty Writers At Home Workshop for Families
Apply Philly Charter
Are you still looking for a charter school for your child for the upcoming school year? 

The application for the 2020-21 school year closes on January 25, 2021.
If you are interested in applying to an Apply Philly Charter school, you can still apply.
2021 Urban League of Philadelphia Scholarship Program
The annual Urban League of Philadelphia Scholarship to Philadelphia High School Seniors is now open! They are now accepting applications for scholarships from Graduating High School Seniors.  Click here to begin your application. DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 25, 2021 
Drexel University Liberty Scholars: Full Scholarships for High School Graduates living in Philadelphia
Now through the Liberty Scholars program, Drexel provides 65 recent high school graduates from across the nation with a renewable scholarship award that covers 100 percent of tuition and fees.

January 15th: Admission Application Due
February 1st: Liberty Scholars Application and Essay Due
Job Opportunities
FAB YOUTH PHILLY Seeking Advisory Board Members:

Fab Youth Philly is at a critical juncture in its growth and in need of new Advisory Board Members. Rebecca Fabiano, the founder of Fab Youth Philly, is celebrating 10 years working for herself, five of which, she spent as an independent consultant, and the past five years have been focused on building that work into Fab Youth Philly, an organization that focuses on three things: supporting youth-serving organizations through a variety of consulting services; connecting youth development professionals to training and networking, and innovating summer and afterschool programming for children & teens. Fab Youth Philly has been operating as an LLC, since its inception, though has begun the process of applying for 501c3 Nonprofit status in order to expand how we generate revenue. We are NOT seeking BOARD Members, as required by a nonprofit organization; we are seeking thought partners with specific areas of expertise to help us move through this current phase of growth. We are undergoing a process of identifying our Core Value, establishing Mission and Vision Statements, and we are also experiencing a period of programmatic growth and want to ensure that our growth maps back to our values, mission, vision, etc. Learn more here
FAB YOUTH PHILLY: Play Captain Initiative

Learn more about Fab Youth Philly’s summer job program, the Play Captain Initiative and how you can bring it to a Playstreet near youIf you give them 45 min, Fab Youth Philly will explain how the initiative works, and how to bring it to some Playstreets near you. Thursday, January 28th from 12-12:45. Rebecca will walk you through the history of the project, essential elements of the program, how to utilize WorkReady slots, and of course, the cost to run the model. You might want to check out their websites to learn more, too. and Please RSVP here.
Drexel University Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife Center: Community Health Worker
The Community Health Worker under the PHA CARES (COVID-19 Action Research and Educational Services) program will provide services to residents in Philadelphia Housing Authority developments and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) residents. This is a full time position with benefits and applicants must be Public Housing Authority residents in Philadelphia.
EMT Certification Training (NO COST)
New year, new recruitment!
We've partnered with Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions for No-Cost EMT Certification Training.

Submit your application by Tuesday, January 19th at 5PM to be considered.
For more information and a link to the application: