Promise Neighborhood Monthly Newsletter
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.
Voting and Information
Polling Centers will be open from 7am-8pm
What if I requested a mail-in or absentee ballot? 
  • If you already submitted a mail-in or absentee ballot, you cannot vote at your polling place on election day. 
  • If you did not return your mail-in or absentee ballot and you want to vote in person, you have two options: 
  1. Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote a regular ballot. 
  2. If you don't surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Your county board of elections will then verify that you did not vote by mail before counting your provisional ballot.
Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program
School Info for Parents and Guardians
School Immunization Clinics
Access Centers: Providing Families without Childcare a Safe Space for Digital Learning
Access Centers provide Philadelphia’s most vulnerable students with a safe place for digital learning when caregivers work outside the home and have no childcare supports. Registration is required

The staff at these centers:
  • Supervise students during digital learning time.
  • Provide meals.
  • Run activities.
Access Centers are:
  • Available by registration only. Access Centers are not drop-in sites.
  • Free of charge.
  • Open to Philadelphia students entering kindergarten through sixth grade.
  • Located throughout the city
Thanks to our Fab Youth Philly Play Captains
Throughout September and October, Fab Youth Philly's Play Captains visited the playground at 37th & Mt. Vernon where they facilitated playful learning activities and arts and crafts for children and adults. Some weeks, partners stopped by to hand out resources and materials as well. Thank you to these "fab" teens who created a fun, safe, environment this fall for families in West Philly.
Find Your Fit: 2020-21 School Selection ends Friday 11/6
Every student is assigned a neighborhood school, from K-12, based on where they live. But if you are interested in any other school in the District, all you have to do is apply!

Families and students can access the online application to submit requests for the the school or schools you’d most like to attend. The application process will close November 6, 2020.
Philly High School Virtual Fair: Live Until 1/21
Virtual College Fair Info through 11/6:
The PA admissions counselors association is hosting a series of online college fairs with various universities and topics for the next several weeks. More details can be found here: 
Flu Shot Information
Covid Related Resources
Covid-19 Resource Guide
For Families
COVID-19 Text Alerts: Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
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.
Updated Meal Sites for
Children, Families and Senior :
The Promise Neighborhood has been working with the City to identify and share out resources for free food in West Philadelphia near the heart of the uprising. We have heard from our families that food access is a challenge as stores have been boarded up. Click in the google doc for up to date locations for food assistance.

PHLConnectED Information
The City of Philadelphia announced PHLConnectED, to help ensure all Philadelphia students have internet access for this coming school year and beyond.

Families should call 211 to sign up and learn more or call a Digital Navigator today at 267-217-3508.
​Heating Assistance / LIHEAP
The 2020-2021 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now open! 
The season is scheduled to close on April 9, 2021. 

About the Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid. 
How to apply
There are two ways to apply for LIHEAP:
PEC's Homelessness Prevention Grant Program
One time grant for families at risk of homelessness for past due rent OR security deposit, first and last month's rent for new housing.

·Must have children under 18
·Must be at risk of losing your current housing OR living in housing that is otherwise unstable or unsafe
·Must not have resources available to secure new housing
·Must not be receiving any other public rental assistance
·Must be able to maintain your housing after receiving this grant
·For past-due rent:
Must have a year-long lease with a licensed landlord (unless lease converted to monthly after it came to term)
For security/first/last for a new apartment:
Lease must be for one year with a licensed landlord
Updates from Promise Neighborhood Partners
Literacy Day Festival:
The City of Philadelphia's Reading and Literacy Day Event was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Neighborhoods across the city pivoted to come up with creative ideas to protect, celebrate, and encourage children's literacy this fall. 
The West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood Initiative in partnership with Action for Early Learning, Reading Recycled and AFEL’s Family Ambassadors from People’s Emergency Center, participated in Read by Fourth’s citywide Reading Promise Literacy Day on Saturday, October 17. At the heart of the Promise Neighborhood’s Reading Promise Project was the establishment of permanent Sidewalk Libraries, recycled newspaper boxes courtesy of Reading Recycled, set up at five locations around the Promise Zone filled with 50 books each:
·        42nd and Ogden 
·        42nd Street Playground, East Parkside 
·        Mill Creek Playground 
·        324 Holly Street 
·        37th and Mt. Vernon Playground 
At each site on Literacy Day, local authors read their books to groups of children. Each book was chosen to reflect the culture of the neighborhood and to make sure our children see themselves on every page. Books included The Meteorologist in Me, by local NBC10 meteorologist, Brittney Shipp, who autographed every book; The Chase Books, by John W. Butler III, who teaches at Belmont Middle School; and My Mommy's Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow. Also, City Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier stopped by the Mt. Vernon Playground to read to the children!
Each child also received a warm boxed lunch and two bags of literacy rich materials, including six books, a tee shirt, hand sanitizer and a child's mask as well as a Learning Kit, with education and craft supplies donated by PNC Grow Up Great.
Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnership:
Check out all the programs happening at Dornsife this fall:
Eat Right Philly Virtual Workshop 11/12 5:30-6:30pm:
11/19 4pm Thanksgiving Feast:
Join Chef Rich Pepino, our head chef for community dinner held at the Dornsife Center, and Rosemary Trout from Drexel’s Department of Food and Hospitality Management in a live session where they cook and answer questions about food in general. Cook along with them or get ideas for your next meal preparation. First 10 registrants will receive free ingredients that must be picked up from the Dornsife Center.
Topic: Thanksgiving - What's on the side
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Workshop will be held: Online via Zoom (link will be sent via email)
Urban Health Collaborative:
Our new Philadelphia COVID-19 Vulnerability Dashboard is an interactive online data tool designed to help identify areas across Philadelphia that are the highest risk for COVID-19 and its longer-term impacts.
Community Wellness HUB Interactive Health and Wellness Chat:
The Community Wellness HUB continues to present the "Health and Wellness Chat,” a virtual program where healthcare professionals lead conversations on how to stay well and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Using the Zoom ID below:
Join Zoom Room Chat
Dial by telephone - + 1.267.831.0333 US
Meeting ID: 980 129 155

Upcoming Health and Wellness Chats:
  • November 5th: Updates on Covid-19
Join the Community Wellness HUB for one hour discussions on cancer in the Black community. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during November.
Action for Early Learning Ambassador, Rachel Honore with Educating All Learners:
Shout out to Rachel Honore's work on this article "Supporting Communities During the Pandemic" with Educating All Learners, an organization working to find ways to support all children and families in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Rachel's article comes from their case study project entitled "Voices from the Field", which focuses on practical examples from professionals and uplifts stories of adaptation and reflectiveness. 
Beachell Family Learning Center:
Looking for a job? Need a resume review? Schedule your career services appointment with Drexel professional staff here and we can help you through a virtual appointment on Microsoft Teams or over the phone. For questions, contact the Beachell Family Learning Center by email at

Career Workshops: 
IT Pre-Apprenticeship Info Session

Community Integrative Services is hiring job coaches and Drexel Business Inclusion Center is working with local employers who are looking to hire
Follow BFLC on social media for resources and updates at Instagram: @bflcdornsifecenter, Facebook: Beachell Family Learning Center at Drexel University, and Twitter: @BeachellCenter.
Job Opportunities :
West Philadelphia Community Engagement Specialist for Critical Race Project
The Urban Technology Project is hiring for 6 AV Classroom Technicians & 4 Computer Support Specialist to begin immediately.  Both roles are apprenticeships, which include a salary of $23,500K + benefits, mentorship, transportation and I.T. Certifications.  Interested applicants can apply through the UTP website
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