October 2013 Issue 26
SW Community Advisory Group's 6th Annual Community Meeting
On a brisk Thursday evening, October 24, 2013, at 6 P.M. the Southwest Community Advisory Group hosted their 6th Annual Community event at the Myers Recreation Center, 5800 Kingsessing Avenue. The topics discussed this year were Youth, Financial Assistance & Behavior Health. There were three powerful speakers. Mr. Duerward Beale, Executive Director of the Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program (YOACAP), spoke about their newest after school program for middle school age children at the Kingsessing Recreation Center. He also mentioned many other programs they have available. For information, contact Tajuana at 215.851-1968. Ms. Aunnalea Grove, Outreach Manager of Philadelphia Financial Empowerment Centers enlightened the audience with information that could give them one-on-one assistance to get out of debt and also help repair credit. This free service is available to all if you call 267.546.0242. Lastly, Dr. Reginald Banks spoke. He is the CEO/President of the Dunbar Community Counseling Services, a new Behavior Health Service provider in Southwest Philadelphia. He gave his own personal testimony of how young children can be misdiagnosed and placed on unneeded medications, by behavior health provider. Contact Dunbar Community Counseling Services at 215.878.2198. Following the presentations, there was a musical selection by Clay & Company: Clayton Dendy and Verlecia White. Also, a real treat by Author and Poet James Alexander enthused attendees with excerpts of Spoken Word from he's recently released book "If words could talk what might they say?" The SWCAG would like to thank actor, director and producer Mr. Roderick Slocum for agreeing to be the Master of Ceremony for the second year. Also, our thanks goes to Pete's Pizza and Brown's Shop Rite at 24th & Oregon Avenue. Finally, thanks to the 125 +people from SW Philly that attended and made the event a success.
Audrey Allen Paul Bailey Alexzina Bryant Hanna Bryant Rodney Buckson Carl Burman Andre Crews
Agnes Currie Melvin Davis Clayton Dendy Stephanie Dixon Bruce Durham 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 Joe Purnell Christine Riddick Joanne Robinson Myra Robinson Michael Ross Eric Sabin Sims Aâ€™za Sims ChrisAnne Smith Yvette S. Smith Tara E. Smith
A PROJECT OF YOACAP
Robert Stone Marsha W. Wall Cassandra Whiters Roger Wilkerson Officer Joe Young
Open Air Theater Southwest Philadelphia On Sunday July 14th, seasoned actors, dancers, musicians, drummers, and singers carried unique costumes or dressed in black sequence exited their vehicles and walked up a grassy incline ready to perform outside under the tent at 50th and Woodland Ave in Southwest Philadelphia. Evelyn Graves Drama Productions surprised the community with an open air theatre production of "The Rapture," play to a cheering international audience. Tourist from China, guest from Haiti along with nearly 200 hundred residents enjoyed the two act play filling the early evening air with harmonic gospel sound. Temperatures outside during the performances reached nearly 97 degrees, leaving every costume dripping with perspiration. Performers ranging in age of 10 to 67 years olds maintained creative energy between scenes by consuming large quantities of cool water. "The Rapture," play depicting the second coming, ran for nearly one hour and twenty minutes featuring twenty-eight trained performers, engaging six scene changes, a band and a brief intermission. Norma Hill from Center City stated "...many obstacles (outside temperatures) however uplifting and loved, "The Rapture," play." Over four decades, Evelyn Graves Drama Productions (EGDP), a non-profit organization has represented the art community with highly motivating and culturally rewarding presentations in the performing arts. As an internationally diverse entity, EGDP provides six full seasons of performances, weekly educational training, presenting and performing artists, summer camp, outdoor festivals and annual inspirational conferences. Evelyn Graves Drama Productions roots in Kingsessing Area of Southwest Philadelphia are deeply rooted with nearly thirty-seven programs (including a dinner/ theatre) to help positive interactions engaging youth and their families.
Block Captain’s Workshop
Summer Clean Up
On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the Southwest C.D.C. NAS sponsored a Block Captains Workshop hosted by Joseph Young, 12th Police District Community Relation Officer, and seasoned Southwest Community Advisory Group member. There was a lot information for the 20+ block captains. The afternoon session started with a warm welcome from the still newly appointed 12th District Police Captain John Moroney. Immediately following the Captain's presentation Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee’s ( PMBC) Joseph Miranda spoke to the group about the upcoming Tire Round-up Program where organized blocks and community groups can raise money by collecting discarded tires for .50 cents each. There were several other presenters providing information: Alex LaBant (CityLight) spoke about Community Gardening Program; Rain Barrels spoke about Tree Planting & Tree Tendering Projects; Mr. William Lighter of the PA Horticultural Society (PHS) spoke about the Landcare Project in Southwest Philadelphia, where the PHS will stabilize vacant and blighted lots once approved by Licenses and Inspection. Tara Smith of TownWatch Integrated Services and also a SWCAG member informed the group of the advantages of having organized Townwatch in their communities. Finally, Bennie Ruth Assisting Managing Director of PhillyRising mentioned their initiative at the Citizen Engagement Academy, where concerned residents are given an opportunity to meet with and discuss their issues with City Representative first hand. The residents will know just what agencies to call for what complaints. What a perfect solution!
On Saturday, June 15, 2013 under the direction of Mr. Bennie Ruth, Assisting Managing Director for PhillyRising in the Southwest Division, 180 committed volunteers gathered at Myers Recreation Center with one mission: TO CLEAN 120 BLOCKS! The boundaries were from 54th Street to 61st Street; Warrington Avenue to Woodland Avenue. Not only did volunteers clean blocks, PhillyRising was there to educate neighbors about resources that would encourage them to participate in future clean-ups to keep their neighborhood safe. In collaboration with PhillyRising, Southwest Partners’, Community Engagement and Relations Committee organized a resource fair outside of Myers Recreation Center, after the clean-up. Resource tables from The Philadelphia Water Department, Recycling (Streets Department), Global Citizen, AFL- CIO Community Services, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR), 311, the 12th Police District & Town Watch Integrated Services provided information and promotional items. Refreshments were served, a ZUMBA class was instructed and a DJ kept the energy and momentum up for PART II! If you are interested in volunteering or if you want to clean your own block, please contact, Mr. Bennie Ruth at 215-554-1579.
SW Middle School Youth Needed Kingsessing Recreation Center
If you know a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader who lives around 51st & Kingsessing and wants to play chess & scrabble or basketball, learn computers & life skills or enjoy reading, enroll them into a program that can help them academically & socially. Youth meet after school as part of YOACAP & Jayhawks from 3 pm - 7 pm each day at the Kingsessing Recreation Center. If they are 14 years old now or will be 14 in the Spring, they are offered a summer job. Have their parent call 215.851.1968 to enroll them day. There are only a few slots left.
F.Y.I. Youth Basketball (for girls & boys) Free HIV Testing (give code 99 when you call) Town Watch Integrated Services Interested in Becoming A Block Captain 18+ Interested in finding a job Abstinence Program Councilman Kenyatta Johnson State Representative Ron Waters Office 12th Police District—Community Officer Senator Anthony Williams’s Office Free or Low Cost Computer Training
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