phillyCHANGE (Community Helping A New Generation Excel)

The Problem

phillyCHANGE was founded in response to the times; The murder rate was extremely high, and Philadelphia was on its way to becoming the murder capital of the country. The public school system was also not in good condition, in many schools there were not enough teachers to teach the students, and the children were way behind other children in the state of Pennsylvania and in the country. The children in the city of Philadelphia were in dire need of a change, and not too many people were trying to do any or nothing to help, so a couple of college friends got together and found phillyCHANGE Inc. Community Helping a New Generation Excel.

Plan of Action

A team was put together of individuals who are motivated to help change the mindsets of students in the Philadelphia area. All members of phillyCHANGE are college graduates or current college students. We then researched and implemented the steps of getting incorporated by the state of Pennsylvania as a non-profit organization. Our next step was to team up with two programs in order to help us expand and grow by becoming a program partner with the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition making us a 501© 3 tax exempt organization, as well as partnering with the Penn State University Upward Bound Math & Science Program to start our after school program. Since our founding in July of 2007 we have completed the following of events and projects: In pursuit of fulfilling our purpose Programs September 2007~ • Donated book bags and school supplies to the Emergency Youth Service foster home in Philadelphia • Bowling for Peace • Coat drive for needy children in the city o Donated to:  Women Against Abuse, Inc.  Friendship House  Rainbow Project (Dreuding Building) October 2007~ • Aids Walk • Resource Fair/ Harvest Night with United Missionary Baptist Church • “Education Night” at New Joy Missionary Baptist Church March 2008~ • phillyCHANGE Inc. “Bowling in Style”& Jean Drive for area group homes and shelters • phillyCHANGE Inc./ Upward bound Math & Science program: After School Program at Germantown High School for high school students grades 9-12 June 2008~ • phillyCHANGE Inc. “Family Reunion” Helping bring the community together August 2008~ • phillyCHANGE Inc. & Cheltenham Mall Back To Basics “Give Back Day” donations of school supplies to area youth September 2008~ • phillyCHANGE Inc. “Rock The Vote” Bowling Party, voter registration booths were provided. October 2008~ • Partnering with Cheltenham Mall for their “Mall-O-Ween Event “ activities provided was a magic show, air brush tattoos, and candy give away. Future Programs~ • Teen Summit • Education talk at area Disciplinary school • Teaching of Life Skills for youth at area shelters • “Stop and Think” skits at area camps and schools

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