July 18, 2016 |
WHOEVER THOUGHT that urban farming was a way to demonstrate that black lives matter - just as much as everyone else's? The youth who started Life Do Grow Farm in North Philadelphia thought so. They say "the farm," as they call it, is about more than just growing food. It's about community building and changing the neighborhood surrounding the farm on 11th Street near Dakota, a few blocks north of Temple University. "Going to these protests [such as for Black Lives Matter]
July 16, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION Fund schools equally As a former member of the Lower Merion school board, I disagree with the commentary about the controversies involving charter schools and student testing ("Can Real World and Education World get along?" Wednesday). Neither annual testing nor state-based curricular standards will help our young people learn. We already know that large numbers of students in Lower Merion test "advanced" and that too many students in the Philadelphia School District - whether in charter schools or traditional public schools - test "below basic.
July 5, 2016 |
Ten-year-old Jaheim Martin loves shooting layups at Philadelphia Youth Basketball camp, but he also likes working out in a particular off-court space: A classroom. "It's good," he said, stepping momentarily away from a hotly contested board game that requires calculations based on NBA player statistics. "It's like, math is fun, because you're playing with your friends. " At PYB, organizers have embraced the backboard and the blackboard, incorporating a daily academic curriculum that uses basketball to teach a variety of concepts.
June 2, 2016
ISSUE | THE HOMELESS The young suffer, too After reading Mike Newall's original column about Matt, a 28-year-old homeless man in Center City, I had my doubts about him being a veteran. No vet, having served our country, should be living on the streets anywhere in our country ("Heroin Hall," May 25). Why wouldn't he take advantage of every possible resource available to veterans as opposed to his daily objective of getting his next hit of heroin? There must be a deeper reason that his family would allow him to remain homeless.
April 30, 2016 |
When Joseph Hill Coles was 17, he sold drugs for food, slept in LOVE Park, and withstood the indignities of adult homeless shelters. One of an unknown number of homeless youths in Philadelphia, he risked injury, emotional torment, and worse, living open and unprotected on the streets of the city. "Anger consumed me," said the young man, who aged out of foster care. "I was someone no one seemed to want. I was running wild, a complete mess. " Coles, now a 22-year-old youth advocate, shared his story at a hearing Thursday before the joint City Council Committees on Children and Youth, and Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless.
April 22, 2016 |
THIS IS AN open letter to the young people of Philadelphia. Specifically the kids growing up in the zip codes - 19132, 19121, 19133, and 19134 - with the lowest life expectancy, the kind normally seen in war zones. But really, this letter is for all the young people who live in poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods from which people have long ago disinvested and disengaged. Where poverty runs so deep that it probably seems there isn't a shovel big enough to dig yourself out, with crime that traps you in your homes and educations so substandard that even under the best circumstances, you'll probably always be playing catch-up.
April 9, 2016 |
Below is a transcript of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' interview Wednesday with The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News editorial boards. Questions were edited for space. Above each question is an audio player containing both the question and response. Your browser does not support the audio element. Sanders: This campaign is a very different type of campaign than we have seen for a very, very long time. I honestly believe that we have the possibility of pulling off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States of America.
March 19, 2016
By Donte L. Hickman Recently, I had a conversation with a leading pastor about what is necessary to shift the trends and transform the urban centers of America. He shocked me by saying that he believes poverty is not the root cause of gang violence, substance abuse, and lethargy among some in the black community today - lack of faith is. He began to highlight our own individual upbringings in abject poverty and argued that he and I obviously were able to choose positive paths of productivity.
March 12, 2016 |
Services will be held Saturday, March 12, for Herman C. Ahrens Jr., 91, an editor, educator, and lay leader of his church in Lansdale. Dr. Ahrens died Wednesday, Feb. 24, of a heart ailment at Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health. Born in Port Washington, Ohio, he came from a family that valued religious faith. His father, the Rev. Herman C. Ahrens Sr., was a minister; one of Dr. Ahrens' sons is pastor to a United Church of Christ congregation in Columbus, Ohio. A graduate of Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, Dr. Ahrens earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, and completed a bachelor of journalism degree with honors from the University of Missouri in 1950.
March 5, 2016 |
Kids from rough neighborhoods can't escape real-world violence when they use social media. Instead, a new academic study finds something that families, schools, and police have learned the hard way: Negative experiences from the streets spill over into the "digital hood" - and can even start there. "Facebook not only mirrors the challenges and dangers of life in a disadvantaged community, but also amplifies the most negative aspects of the community," the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University concluded.