September 26, 2015 |
Jack Brosius was in a hurry. The 13-year-old from Limerick was on his way to the World Meeting of Families, where he found inspiration - and maybe, after spending time shooting hoops with priest trainees in a cavernous hall at the Convention Center, even a vocation. "I might want to be a seminarian," said Jack, one of thousands of youths who roamed the center. "I like hearing about how to let God direct you in the right way. " (Jack's mom, Gretchen, smiled. "It's one of the options," she said.)
September 18, 2015 |
YouthBuild Charter School, which gives dropouts an opportunity to earn high school diplomas while learning job skills, is one of two local programs awarded $1.1 million grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez announced grants totaling nearly $76 million to 72 YouthBuild programs in 31 states Wednesday. "YouthBuild equips young people with the tools they need to realize their potential and the job skills they need to climb career ladders and punch their tickets to the middle class," Perez said in a media teleconference.
September 17, 2015 |
The Nutter administration reached its goal of providing 10,000 jobs to young Philadelphians this past summer, the mayor announced Tuesday afternoon. Teenagers who got those jobs worked at cash registers, cooked burgers, served up smoothies, or even translated English into Mandarin for bank customers in Chinatown. "This is very, very important that young people have the opportunity to work and to learn and to grow and experience the world of work, even in their teenage years," Mayor Nutter said at a news conference in City Hall attended by some of the teenagers who got jobs.
September 2, 2015 |
Nearly 150 people gathered in a park across from Camden High School on Monday to call for an end to the city's violence, following six slayings in two weeks. "We're not willing to say, 'This is just how it is,' " said Doug Logan, 44, a pastor who lives a few blocks from where twin brothers were found shot dead in a car on Aug. 21. "We're praying and praying and hoping something changes. " The rally at Farnham Park was organized by Camden One Love, a group created in response to the summer violence.
August 28, 2015 |
Joe Davis, 59, of Philadelphia, a paraplegic and former addict who counseled young people to think before making choices that might land them in a wheelchair for life, died Saturday, Aug. 15. Mr. Davis spent 34 years in such a chair, but that didn't dull his spirit. His body finally gave out, though. He died at home after a two-year battle with multiple illnesses. Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1955, Mr. Davis dropped out of school in the 10th grade and began a 20-year free fall into addiction and crime on the streets of North Philadelphia.
August 18, 2015 |
WHEN MILTON Freedman put the announcement of his mother's death online, the shock spread across the country. "I was blown away by the messages people sent in," Milton said. "How respected she was. How many friends she had. " His mother, Brenda Ruth Freedman, was a quiet force in many people's lives. "She touched and changed the lives of many," her son said. One man told how Brenda was someone he could always go to with his problems, talk them through and get good advice. "He said he didn't know what he was going to do without her," Milton said.
July 15, 2015 |
Outside a luncheon for young members at the NAACP's annual convention, Ivan Gomez Wei stood, frustrated with the organization he had joined to make a difference. The 24-year-old president of the civil rights organization's youth and college division in New Jersey came looking for inspiration, to continue what he described as a battle to have the NAACP take his ideas about activism more seriously. Inside, a former undocumented immigrant who went on to graduate from Stanford University, approached the lectern to tell Wei - and others - why they should let nothing stop them.
July 14, 2015 |
JEROME ALLEN looked at his time back coaching at his alma mater as an "opportunity. " When that ended in March, he did not really understand why everybody kept asking him how he was doing. He was taking his kids to school, helping coach a girl's soccer team at his church, continuing to teach four classes at Strawberry Mansion Promise Academy. He was doing just fine waiting for the next opportunity. That has come with Brad Stevens and the Celtics. Allen just spent the last week in Boston and will become a Celtics assistant coach.
July 2, 2015 |
The powder looks harmless enough. But when added to water, the packet of Palcohol creates an adult beverage with the same alcohol content of a standard mixed drink. It can also be snorted, creating a choking hazard, or abused, by adding too much powder or mixing it with drugs for a dangerous high, state lawmakers said. Legislation that would prohibit the sale, delivery, or purchase of powdered alcohol is awaiting Gov. Christie's signature following overwhelming approval Monday by the Senate and Thursday by the Assembly.
June 12, 2015 |
MELISSA ALVAREZ enjoys it when police officers behave like pals. "This officer just took a selfie with me, the other greeted us with high-fives," said the 17-year-old Frankford resident, who is also president of the Philadelphia Youth Commission. "I want to see more officers like that!" Alvarez was one of several panelists at "Securing our Future," a meeting on community policing yesterday in City Hall organized by several groups including the Police Advisory Commission, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and the mayor's office.