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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 27 March 2009

Volume 3, Number 27

The Coalition, Inc.  Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams  (President), John E. Churchville (Treasurer), Yvonne Haughton (Exec.  Secretary),


Josephine Blow, Patricia  Coyne, Stanley Daniels, Tom Henry, Calvin Johnson, Angela Mohammed, Abdul  Malik Raheem

Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 05

Employment and  Training Opportunities … 06

Health Matters …07

Green Piece … 09

Grants,  Scholarships  & Instruction… 09

SpotLight … 13

Arts for Awareness …  14

Coming Up …16

Computers and  Technology … 17

A Hand Up … 18

On The Airways … 19







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The only thing required for evil to triumph is for good men to do  nothing.
-- Unknown.











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I have  gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do  only from fear of the law... Aristotle































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Volunteers are still needed to help organize the first  INTER-FAITH COMMUNITY
 SURVIVAL SUMMIT to be held in the city of Philadelphia. For information or to  volunteer or register as a representative for your place of worship, call  215.387.2734 or email:















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Only  when human sorrows are turned into a toy with glaring colors will baby people  become interested - for a while at least. The people are a very fickle baby  that must have new toys every day.
Emma  Goldman










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Bubba was from the lower  valley, and he decided he wanted to get married to his sweetheart. So, while  enjoying some grits and gravy for dinner one evening, Bubba brought up the  subject with his Ma and Pa. "Bubba, you can't get married yet,"  insisted Ma. "You're the baby of the family." "But Ma,"  Bubba protested, "I just had my 38th birthday last week." "We  know that, Bubba," Pa chimed, "but your Ma and me think you should  put off getting married until after you graduate from high school."

(Submitted  by Forrest Gates, Lansing, MI)



Submit  your own humor, and let our readers know how funny you can be. We definitely  need the help. ; )

(Family  appropriate)








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Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if  you just sit there.


















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My great hope is to laugh  as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the  courage to accept the love in return.
Maya Angelou




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"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention  of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in  broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW  What a Ride!'"
















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We will be SpotLighting members and organizations. If you  wish to have your organization spotlighted, forward to us information on your  primary mission, your current projects and/or how you would want other  members of The Coalition, Inc. to be involved. Many of us are already being a  support to one another, but there is plenty of room for improvement.




The Raw Family Newsletter
















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You are remembered for the rules you break… Douglas  MacArthur






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Stupidity got us into this mess - why can't it get us  out?... G.W.







Submit you own humor  pleeeeeze, and let us know how funny you can be. We definitely need the help.  ; )

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Anyone who believes in psychokinesis  raise my hand.



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Word Of The Week

raiment  \RAY-ment\, Clothing in general; garments; -- usually singular in form, with  a collective sense.



Greetings Coalition Family!


Physicians for Social Responsibility, charter members of  The Coalition, Inc. presents its’ annual


Legs Against Arms  5K Run/Walk


Spring brings longer days, warmer weather, greener  landscapes, and plenty of reasons to go for a run!

Legs Against Arms 5K Run/Walk is only one month away!

April 26, 2009 - La Salle University

Not registered yet?   Visit  for more information or click  here to go directly to online registration.

Already registered?   Click  here to create your personal fundraising page and ask friends and family  to pledge on your behalf.  All proceeds  benefit PSR's violence prevention initiatives.  Click  here to see examples of current fundraising pages.

Questions?  Email  or call 215-765-8703.


We want to hear  from you! The Coalition, Inc. website is open! This is our website,  let us build it together! Let us know what you think.  


Due to the length of some announcements, full text will be available in  our group The Coalition, Inc. Group  as will be noted. Thank you for your continued support.





Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team  work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince  Lombardi





We Need You To Help  Plan The Future Of Public Schools

We Need The Input  Of Parents, Community, Business, Faith-based Organizations, and most  importantly... YOU!!!




•Teacher Quality

•Old Buildings

•After School



•Teacher Quality

•Old Buildings

•After School


Meeting Dates & Locations:

All meetings are from 6 to 8 PM 

RSVP:  Kendall Hayes

by phone:   215-227-4407 x 1220

via email:


March 31st - Girls High School (North)

1400 W. Olney Ave.


Phone: 215 - 276 - 5258

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Youth conference focuses on wealth building strategies

The Philadelphia  Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will hold the


Juanita Kidd Stout  Memorial Conference for Youth,

Succeeding Against the  Odds: Staying Focused in Uncertain Times, on Saturday, April 18th

Registration will  begin at 8:15am 


The conference, for  students grades 5-12, is designed to inform young people about wealth  building strategies through hands-on activities that provide knowledge about  earning, saving, investing and making money.

The conference is  presented in honor of one of the sorority’s most prestigious members, the  late Juanita Kidd Stout, the first African American woman in America to be  elected judge, serving in the Municipal and Common Pleas Courts in  Philadelphia and serving the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court.

In addition to  interactive workshops, it will feature a youth entrepreneur showcase  including jewelry, t-shirts, natural skincare products, unique handbags and  tote bags. Participants will also receive a free gift bag, t-shirt, wealth  building materials and more.

The conference will  be held at University of Pennsylvania,

Houston Hall,

3417 Spruce Street  Philadelphia. 

For more  information, go here. or call  215-248-3388.

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Foster Parent (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)


Looking for single  or married couples who do not have any children

living in their  home- ethnic diversity desired; must be MATURE---to

work with older  adolescent boys.

The qualified  applicants will be people who have their own home

and have a heart  for children;

will be able to  provide a safe, warm and supportive environment;

must have a sense  of humor; know how to laugh and have fun; must be of sound mind and judgment;  

must be able to  attend monthly mandatory training and

must be able to  work with others.

You will be the  primary care-giver(s) responsible for the medical, educational, social and  therapeutic needs of the youth living in your home.

Potential  applicants must be able to possess clean clearances; including criminal  record check, child abuse and FBI clearances.

All applicants must  be able to attend monthly mandatory training.

Applicant's  schedule will need to be flexible enough to allow for accompanying youth to  various weekly appointments.


Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Compensation: $700.00 bi-weekly stipend

This is a contract job.

Reply to Email:

Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job  poster.

Please do not contact job poster about other services,  products or

commercial interests.

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Introducing the Official  MWM "Lil Sistahs" Program

A Powerful and  Unique Sistahood for

All Girls of  African Descent Ages 7-18


Offering Sessions  to Nurture, Protect, Guide, Support, and Raise Up the Spirit, Beauty, and  Greatness of the "Mother of Civilization"

(The Original Black  Woman)

and Her/Our  Daughters


Registration and  Introduction Sessions will be taking place in Philly, New York, New Jersey,  & Delaware during the month of March 2009


For more  information e-mail:  or tune into the "Nu Day Resurrection  and Liberation" talk radio program each Saturday evening 10:30 PM-12  midnight EST

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In Philadelphia there are many latchkey children,  children without role models, sedentary children, and Generation I (internet)  children spending hours in front of a screen (TV and/or computer). ALL of  these children have hidden or untapped talents and potential.


The After School Program handout  on Cap4Kids  lists hundreds of activities to help children and teens realize their  potentials and at the same time decrease their risk taking behaviors. From  Squash to Tennis, Horse Back Riding to Training for Marathons, Mural Art  making to Music recording.


The programs are many and the need is many.  PLEASE help families in need find specific activities that interest our  children and use the Cap4Kids After School handout to help bridge the gap  between families in need and the social service agencies that serve them.


In Philadelphia, and listed on the  website,

there are so many  resources for families in need that it is sometimes overwhelming to cover  many of the issues that our families face as we try to link families in need  with the social service agencies that serve them.

To help, under the  Resource tab,  ,

we have added  Cap4Kids Parent Questionnaires that you can post in your office, exam rooms,  schools, and community centers to let families know what issues we can help  them with in their community.


Daniel R. Taylor, D.O., FAAP

Assistant Professor Drexel University College of Medicine

Director Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy

City Administrator Cap4Kids

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Front and Erie

Philadelphia, PA 19134

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Online resources  for parents:,,


This Week…


Thursday Apr 2nd, 2009

Energy Choices for the Home, A Panel  Discussion



Reception  & informal information session  featuring refreshments and displays from visiting organizations.


Program followed by  Q&A


All programs are  free and open to the public.



Learn ways to  address energy needs in your home, from conservation to alternative fuels


Panelists  include...

Liz Robinson of the  Energy Coordinating Agency

Mike McKinley of  Solaris Energy

Don Hull of  Groundsource HVAC

Angela Kassahun of  The Energy Cooperative


More about the  Schyulkill Center's Citizen Science program here


The Schuylkill  Center for Environmental Education (SCEE) is located in Roxborough

8480 Hagy's Mill  Road

Philadelphia, PA  19128

Directions here

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Philadelphia Career  Fair

Monday, April 6, 11  am – 3 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel

5100 Presidential  Blvd.

Phila, PA 19111



Advance Job Fair

Tuesday, April 14,  9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Valley Forge  Convention Center

1100 First Avenue

King of Prussia, PA  19408


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Philadelphia Youth Network WorkReady  Summer Internships:

Do you have a  child, family member or friend who is, or do you know a high school student?  The City of Philadelphia will host Philadelphia high school students in  part-time paid internships for six weeks over the summer.  Please visit our website for program and application  materials.

Best Regards,

The Office of  Leadership Investment


Stephanie  Tipton                Dominique  Aubry                Tara Mohr




(If you, a friend, or loved one  are trying to kick the habit of smoking, please pay attention to this column  over the next few weeks.)


Smoking Wipes Out Protective Genes


( -- A  University of Rochester scientist discovered that the toxins in cigarette  smoke wipe out a gene that plays a vital role in protecting the body from the  effects of premature aging.

Without this gene we not only  lose a bit of youthfulness - but the lungs are left open to destructive inflammation  and diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung  cancer.

By identifying the Sirtuin (  SIRT1) gene's role in pulmonary disease, scientists also hope to find ways to  restore it and jump-start lung healing. They've begun testing the powerful  antioxidant resveratrol, which is extracted from red grape skins, to develop  a treatment to target SIRT1 and reverse lung damage, or at least enhance the  way standard COPD therapies work.

"This novel protein will  allow us to program our body's immune-inflammatory system against lung damage  and premature aging. The hallmark of this discovery is that we may be able to  provide remedies to millions of smokers who would like to quit but cannot  kick their addiction, and millions of former smokers who, despite quitting,  remain at risk for illness as they age," said Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.,  associate professor of Environmental Medicine and an investigator in the  University of Rochester's Lung Biology and Disease Program.

The research was published in  two separate studies, in the American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care  Medicine,appearing online Jan. 3, 2008, and in the American Journal of  Physiology, appearing Dec. 27, 2007 .

Approximately 23 million  Americans have COPD, which is induced by inflammation and results in  progressive breathlessness. By the year 2020, it is expected to be the third  leading cause of death worldwide; today at least 9 percent of the elderly  population is estimated to suffer from debilitating lung conditions.

Rahman has spent years studying  how the 4,700 toxic chemical compounds in cigarettes assault lung tissue. He  also focuses on why some people seem genetically predisposed to develop lung  diseases while others are more fortunate, despite being smokers.

SIRT1 plays a pivotal role in  the puzzle. It belongs to a class of genes that regulate chronic  inflammation, cancer and aging. When SIRT1 is highly active, or  over-expressed in mice, worms and fruit flies, their life spans are greatly  increased. Recent studies also show that SIRT1 plays a positive role in  stress resistance, metabolism, apoptosis and other processes involved in  premature aging. However, environmental stress such as cigarette smoke or  pollution can decrease production of SIRT1 in the lungs.

In collaboration with Vuokko L.  Kinnula, M.D., at Helsinki University Hospital in Finland, Rahman's team  studied the levels of SIRT1 in the lungs of nonsmokers and smokers with and  without COPD. Thirty-seven patients from Helsinki who were undergoing either  a lung resection for suspected cancer or a lung transplant, volunteered to  provide tissue samples for the study. Researchers confirmed that SIRT1 was  significantly lower in smokers who had COPD and in smokers who did not have  disease, compared to nonsmokers.

The next step was to  investigate what pathways lead to the depletion of SIRT1. Researchers found  that Sirtuin also plays a role in regulating the entire chemical signaling  system that protects the lungs from smoke and pollution. They investigated  how SIRT1 relates to another key protective molecule, Nrf2, a transcription  factor. Just as in the case of SIRT1, an airway deficient in Nrf2 is weak and  inflamed and more prone to conditions such as COPD, researchers found.

Nrf2 was also important because  it directly regulates several antioxidant genes such as gluthathione (GSH),  the most abundant cellular antioxidant responsible for detoxifying the  airways. Therefore, the pathway from SIRT1 to Nrf2 ultimately leads to the  depletion of GSH, exacerbating the organ's aging process.

"You can be 45 years old  and look great on the outside, but if you are a smoker or former smoker, your  lungs can easily be 60 years old because of the chemical assault,"  Rahman said.

Other University of Rochester  research teams are investigating the Nrf2 pathway and various ways to boost  fundamental genetic changes in the body that would arm it with amplified  natural antioxidants. The result could be the development of a target for new  drugs that would protect us from age-related diseases such as cancer and emphysema.

Although he was not involved in  the study, James D. Crapo, M.D., a leading expert in the field of lung  disease and a professor of Medicine at the National Jewish Medical and  Research Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver,  said Rahman's novel finding opens new doors. "This is certainly an  important breakthrough in understanding the persistent lung damage and  inflammation that occur in patients with COPD, and therapies can now be  directed towards this protein."

The Environmental Health  Sciences Center of the University of Rochester, which is partially funded by  the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ( NIEHS), supported  the research. In addition, the University of Rochester has filed a patent to  protect the identification of a novel molecular target to treat the  progression of COPD and emphysema by inducing the Sirtuin1 gene.

By De'Laney Rowland, BDO Staff  Writer





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For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly






April 18th


"Expert advice  + free energy kit (efficient light bulbs, shower heads, weather-stripping,  etc). Stay warmer this winter, help the environment, prepare for the  expiration of PECO's rate caps!

PECO Financial  Education Center,

4027 Market St.

Register: Shawn  McGeth at 215-307-4917

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QuestBridge Scholarship


QuestBridge is  pleased to announce this year's College Prep Scholarship, which helps  outstanding low-income high school juniors compete for admission to  top-ranked colleges. College Prep Scholarship awards include the following:  full scholarships to college summer school programs at Harvard University,  Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, and Yale University;  college admissions counseling provided by QuestBridge; invitations to  QuestBridge College Admissions Conferences at Stanford and Yale; and  all-expense-paid visits to top-ranked colleges


The scholarship  application is due on March 31, 2009.

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Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa  Alpha Psi Fraternity

is once again  seeking applicants for its annual

Hiliary H.  Holloway, Esquire Scholarship Award program.

The chapter's  scholarship program, named after the late Hiliary H. Holloway, Esquire, a  past Grand Polemarch and

Laurel Wreath  recipient of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,

as well as a  longtime member of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter,

is designed to aid  promising minority male students in the public high schools of Philadelphia  who are planning to matriculate in college following their graduation from  high school.

Applications and  further info can be obtained from the student's Principal or guidance  counselor.


All applications  must be postmarked by April 4, 2009 to be considered.


The amount of the  scholarship award is $2,000. A total of

four $2,000  scholarships will be awarded in 2009.


The fraternity uses  the scholarship grants to enhance the opportunities for minority males to  acquire a college education. The organization seeks to reach and assist those  young men who have demonstrated academic promise, but have not necessarily  accumulated the highest averages.

Additionally, the  need for financial assistance is fundamental. Students who meet these  criteria should contact their Principal or guidance counselor about this  scholarship opportunity immediately.

An application can  also be downloaded from the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter's web site:

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NIH Summer Institute on Community-Based Participatory Research


The National Institutes of  Health has announced the 2nd summer institute. We are thrilled to see that  the organizers have responded to Community-Campus Partnerships for Health’s  (CCPH) comments on last year's summer institute.

When the 1st NIH institute  on CBPR was announced, CCPH expressed concern about its exclusive focus on  academic researchers.

In CBPR, the community is  involved at the very start of the research,

so it was incongruent that  the institute did not include the community partners or acknowledge the  possibility of a community partner as a principal investigator or co-PI.

This summer's institute  has been designed for community-academic partner teams (see below for  details).


CCPH has  successfully implemented community-academic partner team-based model of CBPR  training: 


The training  curriculum, "Developing and Sustaining CBPR Partnerships" is  available online at


If you're  interested in bringing a CBPR training workshop or institute to your  location, contact CCPH senior consultant Rachel Vaughn at  for more information.

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Self-Empowering Job Readiness Workshops


You've given your  students/clients the knowledge and skills. The question now becomes-  "Can they SELL themselves?"

We're pleased to  announce that Love Movement Video has added a 5th  "Self Empowerment" workshop.

Our "Job  Readiness' workshop focuses on the following goals for the participants

A. To feel more comfortable  and confident while job hunting

B. Learning how to develop a career

C. Incorporating video technology in job searches

D. Developing Positive life Skills


The interactive  workshops consist of:



Practicing  Techniques

Video Taping Mock  Interviews


Topics covered in workshops:

-Reading the want ads

-Dressing for success

-Setting up Interviews


-Frequently asked questions

-Body Language

-Managing work expenses

-Sales and selling yourself

-Creating your own niche


For info on the  other available workshops click  the link


IF your students or  clients can benefit from any of our "Self Empowerment" workshops  give me a call or an e-mail

Bernard D. Miller


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Even if you do not  have a college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does,  pass this scholarship information on to anyone and everyone that comes to  mind. Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have  donated moneys for scholarship use to African Americans, a great deal of the  money is being returned because of a lack of interest.


No one is going to  knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship.


Take the initiative  to get your children involved. There is no need for money to be returned to  donating companies because we fail to apply for it.


Please pass this  information on to family members, nieces, nephews, and friends with children  etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college  student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful  additional money can be.

Our youth really could use these scholarships. Thanks!!


For a list of  scholarships please visit our group ‘The Coalition, Inc.’

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As  an outgrowth of our commitment to eliminate the epidemic of youth violence in  Philadelphia, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is hosting Legs  Against Arms, a 5K Race/Walk, at La Salle University on April 26, 2009.   We will strengthen our legs while opposing illegal handguns in  Philadelphia.  Individuals, families and teams are encouraged to  participate as activists and advocates for a future filled with hope, not  harm.  Trish McDermott was murdered at 9th and Chestnut Streets in 2005  and her family wanted a way to celebrate her life rather than her traumatic  death. At LAA II in 2008, Team Trish was formed in her memory.  PSR and  Team Trish invite you to continue this tradition and get a team together to  honor and celebrate the life of a loved on lost to violence.  Any  proceeds support PSR’s ongoing violence prevention initiatives. 



**** “Poetry & Praise Series” ****


***Calling All  Poets, Singers, Comedians, & Musicians***




The Place to be is  WESLEY A.M.E ZION CHURCH – 1500 Lombard Street, Phila., PA 19146

Rev. Dr. Paul S.  Hoggard, Pastor


***Live Musical  Band- “MTM” Many Thoughts of Music***


SATURDAY –  04/04/2009


FROM – 5pm to 9pm  $10.00 Donation

$5.00 Donation for  Performing Poets/Singers


HOSTED BY:  “CRUCIAL”- Also Host of Panoramic Poetry, Sponsored by October Gallery


Also Featuring:


Poetry By:  “Caution” & “Kareem Game Face Hall”


Young Ladies Praise  Dancers – “Young Ordered Steps”


Young Men’s Mime  Group – “Hands for God”



Wesley A.M.E Zion  Church – “Jubilee Singers”


Charles Newkirk  & Friends



DINNERS SOLD BY: Brenda’s  Soul Food Café

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North  Stars Spoken Word Cafe


Join our after school arts students, North  Stars for a SPOKEN POETRY CAFE from 4:30-6:30 at our community partners'  venue, Jimmy John's (located on Temple's Main Campus). This FREE event is for  middle and high school students who want to share their written work with our  audience.  Come on out during the spring  break and bring friends and family.


Hope to see you there!


North Stars' Spoken Word Cafe

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

4:00pm-6:00pm ~ Free

Jimmy John's

1601 N. 15th Street (Temple's Campus)

Phila, PA


Art Sanctuary North Stars' students invite  Philly youth to join them for a

Spoken Word Café.


The North Stars will be hosting and read  their own poetry created during

the semester under the guidance of our lead  artist instructor Trapeta

Mayson and spoken word instructor the Twin  Poets of DEF Poetry Jam. Bring your rhythm and rhymes.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! SPACE IS LIMITED!  Please contact our Education Coordinator Melissa Palmer (  at 215.232.4485.


Celebrating 10 years of the power of Black  art to transform, unite and enrich!

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Jus’ Words at Dowlings Place

1310 No. Broad St.  Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to  1am

·       Poets

·       Rappers

·       Singers

·       Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover









Citizenship Days –  pro bono Immigration attorneys will be on hand to assist in the preparation  of naturalization applications and fee waivers

Philadelphia and  State College –

Saturday April 18th

Allentown – Sunday  April 19th


PICC's First State  Lobby Day will be May 5th, in Harrisburg.


Pennsylvania  Immigration & Citizenship Coalition

2100 Arch Street,  7th Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19103


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Summer  Youth Program


Program Description
In 1992, The Food Project began been  bringing young people from the city and the suburbs together to make a  difference in the lives of people in Greater Boston and on the North Shore. Each  year, a diverse group of 90 youth, ages 14-17, enter The Food Project’s  Summer Youth Program and work to grow and distribute tens of  thousands of pounds of produce for people in need.  For many, it is a  first job, and working in crews of eight to ten, the youth gain invaluable  skills of teamwork, accountability, civic participation, and  communication. 

During the six weeks, youth manage over 40 acres of land  including suburban farms and remediated urban lots, sell produce  through farmers' markets and a Community Supported Agriculture program,  prepare and serve lunches in local soup kitchens and homeless shelters, and  help to prepare community lunches, where neighbors, youth, staff, and  visitors come together to share the harvest. Youth also participate in four  workshops each week, covering issues of diversity awareness, hunger and  homelessness, sustainable agriculture, and personal reflection. 

Through shared labor and structured activities, youth develop a respect  for themselves and for peers from very different backgrounds, while acquiring  a connection to food and the land.

How do I apply?
We are currently accepting applications for the summer of  2009. Please note that deadlines are specific to the information  listed below.

Application Deadlines:
Greater Boston Site

April 6 - Residents of Boston

North Shore Site (NS residents  can apply for either deadline)
April 2 - for interviews on April 9th in Beverly
April 16 - for interviews on April 22nd in Lynn


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Got Space?


Local Non-Profit is  looking for room to develop!


For My Daughter is  looking for approximately 350 - 500 square feet of indoor space for an  academic Youth Program.



Separate Male &  Female Restrooms

Secure, yet visible  to the community

Room for desks and  tables (no more than 10)

Spacious enough for  computers and lots books

Year round, weekday  and weekend access

Really, reasonable  rent!



Yvonne Haughton  267-795-7811



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