WPSi Alumni Newsletter
Hi everyone! We hope your New Year is off to a great start. We are happy to introduce our new monthly WPSI Alumni Newsletter! Check it out to receive the latest news about WPSI, upcoming events and opportunities for alumni, and of course job opportunities. 
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WPSI News
Alumni Holiday Party Recap
Y’all sure do know how to party! We had a total of 85 alumni come out to our holiday party last month! Thanks for closing out 2019 with us - we had a great time catching up with everyone. Be sure to check out all of the photos and tag yourself on our Facebook West Philadelphia Skills Initiative Alumni Group! If you are not a member, click here to request to join .
CHOP Patient Sitter December 2019 Cohort 
Congratulations to our most recent graduating cohort of CHOP Patient Sitters. If you are an alum working at CHOP, give them a warm welcome to CHOP and to the alumni network!
Alumni Events & Programming
Improvathon 2020
If you enjoyed the improv class during your training then you’ll LOVE this fundraising event. Bring friends and family to participate in or watch improv with the amazing Bright Invention team to raise funds for WPSI. Tickets are 100% free – grab them here ! The WPSI team will be there and would love to see you. 

Saturday, February 15th • 10am-6pm
Inner Rhythms Music & Therapy Center
37 South 42nd Street
The Snow Queen
Our lovely facilitator Kala Baxter is starring in a play, 'The Snow Queen', at the Arden Theatre until January 26th. Here is the link to the website with more information about the play (description, showtimes, tickets, etc.). If you and your cohort or family are interested in group tickets, please feel free to contact Kelsey Sherlock from group sales here .

November 27th – January 26th 
The Arden Theater
40 North 2nd Street
Jobs and Professional Development Opportunities
WPSI Specialists
If you are interested in being a pioneer in our alumni outreach efforts, sign up to become a WPSI Specialist! WPSI Specialists will receive the paid opportunities to speak on WPSI’s behalf and other opportunities to organize events specifically for our alumni.

In this role, you can expect:
  • To Get Paid - Receive compensation for public speaking events on behalf of WPSI. Engage with local residents at recruitment events, current participants, or potential funders and employers by sharing facts about WPSI and your experience in the program
  • To Volunteer - Assist the WPSI team with coordinating events for WPSI alumni. Help the WPSI team implement and advertise events and programming specifically for our alumni
  • To Engage – Participate in community advocacy, professional development, and mentoring. Specialized training will be provided to WPSI Specialists 
Through this work we hope to foster connections amongst our alumni and introduce West Philadelphia residents to WPSI. If you are interested in attending our monthly meetings, reach out to Tiffany .
Penn Medicine: Open Community Health Worker Positions
Penn Medicine will be hiring for several Community Health Worker Positions in January. They are looking for people who are natural helpers and have a intimate knowledge of community resources. Find out more information about the position and apply here . If you need help fixing up your resume before you apply, let us know! If not, go for it and give us a heads up when you submit!
Census Hiring Event
Thursday, January 23rd at 2pm
Dornsife Center • 3209 Spring Garden Street
The Census is hiring! Applicants must be over 18 – no educational requirements. Part-time and Full-time jobs available with pay between $17 - $28 per hour. Contact Tiffany for more information. 
Tech Impact: Technology Training Program for IT Careers
Tech Impact’s ITWorks program is a free 16-week technology training program that prepares young adults, 18-26, for entry-level jobs in IT. ITWorks students receive 11 weeks of technical training in the classroom, plus a 5-week, hands-on internship in a help desk environment at a local corporation or non-profit. Throughout the program, students also receive over 100 hours of professional development training with volunteers from local corporations like WSFS, Accenture, Oracle, SAP, and more. Eligible applicants must be 18-26 years old, must have a HS diploma or GED, cannot have completed a 4-year degree, and must be interested in technology. Interested applicants can apply online at itworks.org/apply . They are currently accepting applications for their Spring 2020 semester, which begins the last week of February.
FREE Job Training for Young Men Impacted by Violence: Community Health Worker/Certified Peer Specialist Dual Certification
The Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University has developed a FREE, PAID job training program for men ages 18-30 with lived experience of violence to receive dual certification as Community Health Workers and Certified Peer Specialists. This program is a good fit for young men interested in becoming healers and helpers in their communities and entering the human service or healthcare fields. 
 
The basic requirements for eligibility are:
  • identify as male
  • ages 18-30
  • lived experience of violence (either to themselves or someone close to them)
  • HS diploma or GED
  • willing to commit to 9 weeks of training (4 days per week, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday)
 
The deadline to apply is March 13, 2020. To apply, please send (1) your resume and (2) a completed application form to either Casey Chanton at crc72@drexel.edu or to Casey at 1505 Race Street, 6th Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19102.
Amazon: Hiring for Multiple Positions
Amazon is now hiring a variety of positions in the Philadelphia area with multiple shift options available. Example positions are below. Visit www.amazon.com/phillyjobs or text PHILLYNOW to 77088 to be the first to know about new opportunities.

  • Whole Foods Shopper (Part, flexible schedule) Various locations throughout the Philadelphia region
  • Fresh Associate (PT, flexible schedule) UPA1 (Fresh Warehouse), 4101 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Sort Associate (PT, set schedule) DPH1 Delivery Station, 4219 Richmond St, Philadelphia, PA 19137
  • DPH2 Delivery Station 500 American Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406        
  • Merch by Amazon Associate (Full-time, set schedule) 2455 Blvd of the Generals, Norristown, PA 19403
If you have any questions regarding these opportunities please email Tiffany Smith here
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:
WPSI STAFF
Matt Bergheiser
President, University City District

Caitlin Garozzo
Senior Manager, Learning and Development

Patrick Bayer
Manager, Continuous Improvement

Fontaine Gutierrez
Operations Coordinator
Sarah Steltz
Vice President for Workforce Solutions

Joshua Park
Senior Manager, Employer Services

Diamond Poyer
Manager, Training & Evaluation

Tiffany Smith
Participant Services Coordinator
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