May 2009 Issue 11
The Turn In Your Guns Campaign is back at Myers Recreation Center
Paul Bailey Tyrone Benson Alexzina Bryant Hanna Bryant Rodney Buckson
Y O A C A P
BRING YOUR GUNS IN!
Carl Burman Spencer Canty Andre Crews Agnes Currie Melvin Davis Clayton Dendy Stephanie Dixon Chad Enos Gregory Garrison Donna Gass Ron George Ida Glenn Cassandra Graves Constance Harris Crews Mark Harrison Lillian Hood Joanne Jones Vernon Keith Montague Marsha J. Moore Daryl Nelson Carol Payne
The Southwest Community Advisory Group's (SWCAG's) Turn In Your Guns Campaign is right round the corner on Saturday, June 27 th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Myers Recreation Center located at 58th & Kingsessing Avenue. Help us get the word out to residents to reduce handguns on our streets. This campaign targets youth and young adults who carry illegal firearms and use them to commit crimes or to hurt others. This will be the SWCAG’s third Turn In Your Guns Campaign in 12 months, which is outlined within their Violence Reduction Plan produced by residents of Southwest Philadelphia. “In November, people were standing in line at 9.30 a.m. to turn in handguns or to receive locks for legal firearms. When we held the campaign in June and Promotional artwork for the Turn In Your Guns Campaign November 2008, there were many rumors circulating. We worked hard to dispel these rumors to make youth and young adults feel comfortable”, stated Ms. Cassandra Graves, SWCAG Member. Some thought we were conducting a raffle, only giving away one Playstation 3. Supposedly, we were not giving out XBOX 360s because they cost $325. One of the most harmful rumors was that people who had warrants may get arrested if they came to turn in a gun. None of these rumors were true. We did not ask anyone’s name, no one was arrested, and everyone who turned in a gun either received a $100 gift card, XBOX 360, an IPOD, MP3 player, a digital camera, or a Playstation 3. Youth or young adults who turned in 45 cal., 9 mil., Tec 9s, 40 cals., or sawed-off shotguns received the larger incentives. REMEMBER, OUR THEME IS "NO QUESTIONS ASKED". If we want to end the gun violence in our neighborhoods, we have to all work together to do it. The event is sponsored by the SWCAG, YOACAP, 12th District Police, Power 99 FM, and the recreation department. For more information, please call Ms. Marsha Wall at 215.729.2389.
Joe Purnell Christine Riddick Joanne Robinson Myra Robinson Michael Ross Eric Sabin Sims A’za Sims ChrisAnne Smith Yvette S. Smith Tara E. Smith Robert Stone
P R O J E C T
COALITION MEMBER S
Marsha W. Wall Cassandra Whiters Roger Wilkerson Officer Joe Young
In April, at the New Spirit Community Church, there were several community events that took place. Youth, adults and seniors were invited to partake in the festivities. As part of the Church’s community outreach to children, an Easter Egg Hunt was held where over 50 baskets filled Mrs. Betty Parks’s 75th Birthday Party, with candy surrounded by Ms. Raeanne Edmonds and and stuffed Ms. Marsha Moore of the SWCAG animals were given away. To volunteer with the New Spirit Community Churches’ Outreach Ministry, contact Ms. Marsha Moore: 215.727.0595. New Spirit Community Church’s Easter Egg Hunt
Join the WEST PHILLY TOOL LIBRARY A place where community members can borrow a variety of hand, power, and garden tools to help fix up out homes, maintain our yards, build furniture, and even start art projects! 4620 Woodland Avenue 215.833.3190 Borrow as many tools as you need for up to one week at a time. Memberships are only $20 a year! For a list of available tools and summer schedule, visit their website at www.westphillytools.org
JAYHAWKS: A DAY IN THE PARK IS BACK! On Saturday, June 13, 2009, Jayhawks Youth Association will have its Second Annual “Day in the Park” Community Day on 51st Street and Chester Avenue, at the Kingsessing Recreation Center. Mr. and Mrs. Crews of Jayhawks have scheduled food, b-ball tournaments, music, social service agencies, face painting, Power 99’s radio host, Summer, and Jayhawks performances, and giveaways, Youth Association’s Director, Ms. Connie Crews, which will happen from 11 a.m. at last year’s celebration of A Day At The Park to 5 p.m. Families are invited to this event to have fun and learn about the many organizations as well as activities that are happening in Southwest Philadelphia. Last year, hundreds braved the heat and humidity to socialize with their community. Members of the SWCAG will be there distributing resource guides and other giveaways to residents. Don’t miss this Community Day, it is for you! For more information or to set up a table, please call Connie Crews at 215.939.6283. Congratulations to Daryl Nelson, who has been recently appointed as the 8th District Manager at Carousel House! Mr. Nelson is an active SWCAG member. Even though he will no longer be Myers Rec. Center’s Facility Supervisor, he will still be running and coaching the SW Track Club. As the 8th District Manager, he will be supervising 24 recreation centers and eight pools. The SWCAG would like to congratulate Mr. Nelson in his new endeavor.
LOOK FOR THE ORANGE In June, the SWCAG’s Field Team will begin to walk in Southwest Philadelphia to talk to residents, business owners, and others about services that are available to you. About six volunteers will be in your neighborhood giving away resource guides, flyers, and newsletters. Please look for the team dressed in orange who will be coming to meet you. To have a Resource Guide mailed to you, please call 215.851.1836. Enroll your kid into YOACAP’s Youth Development Program! Youth and parents are both enrolled into a two-year experience that builds the assets of youth and their families. For more information, please call Ebony Joyner at 215.851.1857. This program is funded by the William Penn Foundation and is accepting applications.
WORKING YOUNG ADULTS During this employment crisis, the SWCAG helps youth obtain jobs The Southwest Community Advisory Group (SWCAG) continues to meet with young adults, 18 years and over, to assist them in finding employment. Early on Saturdays, every other week, representatives for the SWCAG meet with young adults who are trying to become employed. Services that are provided are cover letters and Participants of the resume development, review of job 2009 Jobs Program readiness techniques, calling prospect employers, and providing job leads to attendees. While participants are not guaranteed job placement, this service is meant to encourage them to begin or continue the process of obtaining employment. The SWCAG is providing this service because residents of the surrounding neighborhoods identified employment as one of the main challenges for their community, particularly their youth and young adults. For more information about this program, please call Ms. Marsha Wall at 215.729.2389.
F.Y.I. Ex-Offenders Program Free HIV Testing Interested in Becoming A Block Captain 18+ Interested in finding a job Youth Basketball Abstinence Program Town Watch Integrated Services State Representative Ron Waters Office 12th Police District—Community Officer Senator Anthony Williams’s Office Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia
Call 215.685.3373 Call 215.724.7430 Call 267.939.2366 Call 215.729.2389 Call 215.939.6283 Call 215.239.8668 Call 215.686-1422 Call 215.748.6712 Call 215.686.3122 Call 215.492.2980 Call 1.888.570.2583
ALL CONCERNED RESIDENTS: The Southwest Epic Stakeholders would like to invite you to their meeting at
Help Line Ms. Hanna Bryant Mr. Clayton Dendy Ms. Marsha Wall Ms. Connie Crews Mr. Roger Wilkerson Ms. Tara Smith Mr. Nathaniel Lee Officer Joe Young Alicia Burbage Hotline
John Bartram High School (2401 South 67th St) On Thursday, June 11th, 2009 At 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please RSVP by calling Lois Clayton 215.730.2262 Or email at Eclayton@pcv.org We look forward to seeing you there!
Light refreshments will be served.