WPSi Alumni Newsletter
Hey Alumni,

We hope you are doing well given the circumstances. The civil unrest and call for action against white supremacy has not gone unnoticed by the WPSI and University City District teams. We will be looking to expert consultants to engage in very hard and crucial conversations in order to come up with solutions on how to provide more equitable, diverse, and inclusive spaces to everyone that we serve. We will have more on this in the upcoming weeks.

Be sure to text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive city updates on the virus to your phone or visit this link for constant updates at noon.
WPSI Survey
We hope that some of the opportunities and resources that we share are helpful to you during this time. However, if they are not and your current needs are not reflected in our efforts, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know how you're doing or how we can help by filling out a brief survey.
In addition to this survey, WPSI staff will also be calling alumni just to check-in to see how you're doing. So if you get a call from a random number - it may be us!
COVID-19 Resources
Our partners at Lincoln Financial Group have compiled a list of resources to help people find financial answers and get help faster. This information is free to all, and everyone is encouraged to share it with family and friends.

We have updated the UCD hosted list of COVID-19 Community Resources! This list has been updated to reflect the adjustments that are anticipated with Philadelphia county entering a new phase.

Alumni Events and Programming
Virtual Coaching with Coach Kala

Coach Kala is offering the following online coaching services for WPSI Alumni only: 

Talk About it Tuesdays with Coach Kala    

What: A group chat with WPSI Alumni where the topic is always YOU!  
When : Every Tuesday evening at 7pm 
Where : Zoom

One-on-One Coaching  

Coach Kala is also offering one-on-one coaching on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

Tax Consultations with Enrolled Agent
The 2019 income tax filing and payment deadlines for all taxpayers who file and pay their Federal income taxes on April 15, 2020, are automatically extended until July 15, 2020.   Taylor Keitt, EA, will be providing phone consultations to assist you with any questions or guidance needed to file your taxes. Click here to sign up.
Get an Updated Resume from WPSI Staff 📃
If you are currently applying or looking for jobs in a new field, reach out to us to work on updating your resume! 

Directions for resumes:  
  1. In order to receive an updated resume we ask that you do the following:  
  2. Complete a short survey by clicking this link.
  3. Email the resume you received from WPSI to wpsi@universitycity.org.
  4. Email a link or copy of the description you are applying to to wpsi@universitycity.org. 
  5. After all steps are complete, you will receive confirmation from WPSI that your resume is in progress. If we need any additional information from you, we will let you know.  

Resume updates will take 7-10 days. We will let you know if there is any change to that schedule!
Brandon Everett • Virtual Mindfulness Meditation Classes
Brandon, our Mindfulness facilitator, is hosting virtual mindfulness sessions on Sunday and Monday evenings via Zoom. These classes are 100% FREE, but donations are welcome. If you decide to attend, shoot us an email at wpsi@universitycity.org and we will donate on your behalf.

Restoration and Wellness
Studio 34: Whole Wellness in West
This self-care hub in West Philly has four main focuses: community, healing, inclusivity, and creativity. The space offers a variety of wellness services, including counseling, therapy, and meditation, which are predominantly led by Black women. Studio 34 also runs yoga classes all week, including a POC practice on Sunday evenings.

Click here to learn more . Make sure to follow @studio34philly on Instagram for scheduling updates!
Black Womxn Wellness
Local fitness instructor and motivational coach  Lauren Leavell  hosts Black Womxn Wellness events, a virtual space for Black womxn and femmes to openly chat, laugh, and connect.  

Black Men Heal
Black Men Heal is a nonprofit in Ardmore that provides free therapy to Black men in and around Philadelphia. The overarching goal of the organization is to eliminate the cost and stigma that are often paired with therapy. Additionally, they recruit licensed counselors of color, so that clients are mindfully paired with supportive therapists. Outside of private and group sessions, Black Men Heal offers interactive training and consultations to local agencies, so that Black men are better supported in the workplace.

Respite as Resistance for QTBIPOC

Activation Residency is a Black, trans-led immersive healing justice residency and cooperative fund.   Anyone can nominate Black, Brown, Indigenous, disabled, trans, queer, and immigrant activists, organizers, and artists on the front-lines (wherever that may be) for programming, rest, and care. They are also seeking QTBIPOC care workers and healers.

Professional Development Opportunity
No-Cost STEM Program
The University City Science Center is accepting applications for a NO COST two-week virtual training in the STEM field to gain skills sought after by local science and tech employers. To apply, applicants must be Philadelphia residents over the age of 18 with a high school diploma or GED with access to a computer and basic computer skills.

Youth Summer Programs
Penn Rising Senior Summer Academy (PennRSSA)
The University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications immediately for a FREE summer program: the Penn Rising Senior Summer Academy (PennRSSA). Rising high school seniors who are attending Philadelphia public, public charter, and parochial schools are eligible to attend!

Summer Day Camps
Most Parks & Rec activities are still suspended, but summer day camps will begin on July 6th with physical distancing and other safety measures in place.

Mighty Writers Free Virtual Workshops
Mighty Writers is a non-profit that offers free workshops to children ages 2-17. Their mission is to support youth to think clearly, and write with clarity.

Be sure to visit the our Instagram @westphilaskills for additional resources shared on our story.
Meet three graduates of University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative who are on the path to realizing their career dreams with Philadelphia employers:
Matt Bergheiser
University City District

Patrick Bayer
Manager, Continuous Improvement

Caitlin Garozzo
Senior Manager, Learning & Development

Fontaine Gutierrez
Community Engagement and Operations Coordinator

Mariya Khandros
Project Manager
Sarah Steltz
Executive Director,
West Philadelphia Skills Initiative

Joshua Park
Senior Manager, Employer Services

Diamond Poyer
Manager, Training & Evaluation

Tiffany Smith
Alumni Services Coordinator

Romaine Thrower
Manager, Employer Services
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