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.
Celebrate Black History Month
The School District of Philadelphia is celebrating this month by honoring black pioneers. Click on the Link for Bios!
Shop Philadelphia Black-and-Brown Owned Businesses This Month:
Office of Black Male Engagement to Host Black Generational Wealth Series throughout February:
The goal of the series is to empower Black men with the information and resources needed to build and maintain generational wealth. Each seminar features professional panelists with relevant experience and unique insight, covering topics such as financial literacy, engaging City resources, entrepreneurship and transferring wealth.
Annual African-American Children's Book Fair: Saturday, 2/6
One of the oldest and largest single-day events for African-American children's books in the country is hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project (AACBP). The event will be held virtually to attract more participants nationally.
Top 15 Children's Books for Black History Month:
Turning Points for Children Presents a Celebration of Black History every Thursday in February:

Each event starts at 3pm and will be hosted on the following link:
Everyone is invited to attend these events (your clients, your family, and your community). Not to mention, we will be supporting black owned businesses by raffling off a prize purchased from a small black business at the conclusion of each event.
Annual Black History Month Essay Contest for 3rd-8th graders:
The 4th Annual Black History Month Essay Contest is happening! The contest is sponsored by Walnut Hill Community Association, Central City Toyota, Ardmore Toyota, Iron Stone Real Estate Partners and The Enterprise Center. Kids in grades 3 through 8 can submit their essays. Contest winners will receive $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. First place winners will read their essays at the Black History Month celebration. 
For more information about the contest, call 215.895.4000 ext. 4040 and leave a brief message or contact your school representative. Essays can be submitted to OR   The submission deadline is February 28, 2021! 
Covid Related Resources
PGW Covid Relief Grant:
PGW customers who face pandemic-related financial hardships may be eligible to receive $300 for their natural gas bills under a $2 million PGW COVID-19 Relief Grant program.
Sign Up to Register for the Vaccine Today:
Philadelphians now have a way to tell the Department of Public Health that they want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents are encouraged to provide contact information and some limited personal information on the City’s website——which is available in English and Spanish. Those who complete the interest form will be contacted later by the Department of Public Health or one of the City’s many vaccine partners when they can schedule an appointment.
2nd Round of Payment Protection Program Loan Application is Open Until 3/30
Zoom Info Session February 17th at 10am:

Hear directly from staff at the Small Business Administration (SBA) in providing virtual guidance to small businesses on the latest round of the PPP. They will also discuss the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and other benefits to small businesses.
Session 3: Wednesday 2/17/21 10:00-11:30AM. Register Here:
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.
Need Internet Access or Help with your Computer?
Call or text a Digital Navigator at 267-217-3508 or
Dial 2-1-1 PHLConnectED Information
Housing Supports
2021 Urban League of Philadelphia: First Time Home Owner Buying Workshops
Eviction Prevention Meeting: February 16th at 6pm
Join us for a community meeting to learn more about actions you can take if you are behind on rent or have been served with an eviction notice.
Eviction prevention policy has changed rapidly over the past few months on both the federal and local levels. With the expiration dates of many of these policies quickly approaching, it is important to have a clear understanding of your rights as a tenant and what eviction prevention resources are still available to you.
Rental Assistance Program
Updates from Promise Neighborhood Partners
Winter Programming at the Dornsife Center
West Philadelphia Heart Health Month
Join in fun heart health activities and discussion addressing social determinants of cardiovascular health on Thursday evening or Saturday Mornings in February.
ExCITe Center's 7th Annual STEAM Workshop: 2/15 9am
Monday, February 15, 2021 (Presidents' Day): 9am-noon

The ExCITe Center’s 7th Annual STEAM Education Workshop will be all-virtual on February 15 (Presidents’ Day). STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Math) has always been at the foundation of our Center, but it's more than a collection of disciplines. To us, it represents a convening of diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences that offers unique opportunities to share ideas, form new connections, and sow the seeds of transformation. We believe STEAM is a more inclusive approach to learning.

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s program features a keynote by renowned author and education researcher, Dr. Bettina Love (University of Georgia), co-founder of the Abolitionist Teaching Network. Dr. Love’s talk will address those in Pre-K-12 as well as higher education, discussing the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.

The program also includes brief presentations and a panel discussion with Drexel faculty. Participation is free and ACT 48 credits are available for Pennsylvania teachers. Click here to register.
Windows, Mirrors & Doors: The Importance of Representation in Books for Young Black Children with Rachel Honore
In celebration of Black History Month, join ParentChild+ on February 3rd at 6 PM for a compelling discussion on the importance of representation of African American and Black characters, authors, and illustrators in children's literature. 

Check out the ParentChild+ link below for more info and to RSVP.
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. She can be reached at and 215-833-4817.
Ask the Scientists: Welcoming Wildlife FREE EVENT
Saturday, February 6 , 2021
10:00 AM-10:30 AM

Join Academy scientists and John Heinz Wildlife Refuge rangers for a fun conversation to learn how animals journey through our neighborhood
Online Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022
Parents/guardians will need specific documents to help them complete the process. In preparation, please be sure to gather these documents ahead of time. Parents/guardians will have to have these items ready to upload in order to successfully register so make copies or scans of these items between now and then!
Parents/guardians may Register for Kindergarten here
For questions about registration, please email the Office of Student Placement and Enrollment at

Look for details and dates for a virtual open house!
Virtual Community Meeting: Preventing Accidental Youth Firearm Injury and Death: February 4th- 6pm
Every year, thousands of children across this country are killed or injured because they handled a gun that they found, either in their home or in the neighborhood. With the massive increase in the number of firearms on the streets of West Philadelphia, this is a growing problem that will continue to threaten our youth.
Join us for a community meeting to learn more about this important issue. Researchers from CHOP PolicyLab will share a presentation on Preventing Unintentional Firearm Injury & Death Among Youth: Examining the Evidence. You will have a chance to ask questions and learn what actions you can take to protect your loved ones from harm.
PAID Treatment Study for PTSD for Females
Have you experienced a traumatic event? Do you have intrusive memories, flashbacks or nightmares about the event?

Do you avoid talking, thinking, or being in situations that remind you of the trauma?
Do you feel distant or cut off from others?

If you answered YES to these questions and are female, between the ages of 18-45, and currently taking oral birth control, you may be eligible to participate in a Treatment study for PTSD at the University of Pennsylvania
You will be compensated up to $480 for your time.
Treatment & Participation Include:
6 Therapy Sessions
Taking an FDA approved estrogen pill or placebo pill
2 fMRI Scans
Blood samples
Mighty Writers At Home Workshop for Families
Job Opportunities
Recruiting for Staff at New Covid Site

We are recruiting for staff in the Promise Neighborhood for a new COVID-19 testing site at the Dornsife Center.
You will help perform COVID-19 testing and also help with outreach to let the community know about the availability of the new testing site
FREE Community Health Worker/Peer Specialist Training Academy
Grounds Maintenance Labor Training Program is still accepting applications through Feb. 5 with Four Seasons Landscaping
Philly's famous Four Seasons Landscaping is teaming up with University City District and PIDC on this paid grounds maintenance training program.
Residents of West and South Philly are invited to apply--deadline is Feb. 5!
Bloomberg Arts Internship: a summer internship for rising high school seniors attending a Philadelphia public school or public charter.
Applications for the 2021 Internship are Available! Bloomberg interns spend their summers making the arts happen in Philly! Bloomberg interns redesign websites, run social media campaigns, conduct research, build art installations, and much more! But that’s not all. As an intern, you will develop your skills as a collaborator and public speaker, build a professional resume, and receive professional help writing your college essay.