National Safety Awareness Month

June is National Safety Awareness Month and did you know that every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls from people seeking medical help for poisoning?  It is the leading cause of unintentional death, surpassing even motor vehicle crashes, and includes inadvertent ingestion of drugs or chemicals, the excessive use of a drug and exposure to environmental…

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Client Services Department

Housing Counselor, Crystal Walker, facilitates monthly First Time Home Buyers Class United Communities Southeast Philadelphia’s Client Services Department is comprised of two services designed to strengthen family stability within our community. The point of entry for services is through the BenePhilly Center, where a Benefit Access Counselor screens clients for public benefits and helps complete appropriate applications such as…

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Meet Kelly!

Name: Kelly Perez

Grade: Kindergarten

Program Site: Vare-Washington OST

Favorite Book: I See

Career Aspiration: Nurse

Why she's awesome: As one of her program's youngest students, Kelly always attempts to show kindness and compassion for her peers. She is very helpful to her fellow classmates and the program staff. Rarely is Kelly ever seen not smiling and laughing with her friends. Academically, Kelly displays excellence on a daily basis. She completes her homework in a timely manner and loves to read books aloud. Kelly is truly an asset to her program and an example to her peers.

 

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Meet Than Than!

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Name: Than Than Nain

Grade: 12th

Program Site: Furness High School

Favorite Book: Yellow Fever

Career Aspiration: Nurse or Medical Assistant

Than Than joined the Furness OST Music Club in the 9th grade with the intention of learning how to play the piano. Since then, she has tackled every challenge that was put in front of her. After spending her first two years in OST learning to play the piano, she decided it was time for a new challenge, and became the leader of the Furness OST Music Band. She has represented United Communities and Furness OST at many concerts and events, always surpassing everyone’s expectations.

As a student, she is even more phenomenal! Her straight A's landed her on the Honor Roll in 9, 10, and 11th grade, shes's had perfect attendance from 9th through 12th grade, and has received two congressional awards. Capping off a fantastic high school experience, Than Than learned that she has been accepted to the following Universities:

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • La Salle University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Harcum College

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Did you know that 1 in 5 children, ages 13-18, have or will have a serious mental illness and that 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a mental illness ? Some warning signs that a child may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness can include: • Feeling very sad…

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Meet Yasmeen!

Meet Yasmeen!

Name: Yasmeen Bryant

Grade: 7th 

Program Site: Sharswood Middle School

Favorite Book: Twilight

Career Aspiration: CEO of a Spa and Cosmetology School

Yasmeen has been an active participant in the OST program since 2013. She serves as the Treasure for her OST Program's Youth Advisory Council and a member of the Journalism Team which works to produce a monthly newsletter. Yasmeen is also a member of GEMS (Girls Empowered through Mentoring and Support) and has proven to be a vocal support system for her program sisters.

At school, Yasmeen a National Honor Society Member for the last 2 years. As she loves to sing and dance, Yasmeen serves in the school choir and aspires to attend the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in order to continue to work on her singing and dancing skills. Yasmeen intends to further her aspirations by attending a college focused on Cosmetology and dreams of one day opening a Spa and Cosmetology School.

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Alcohol Awareness Month

In recognition of alcohol’s dangerous and long-lasting influence among adolescents, adults, and families, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has declared April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Parents, caregivers, and members of the community can play a key role in preventing alcohol abuse in children. According to a 2014 national survey on drug use and health, adolescents use…

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2017 Summer Camp Season

United Communities 2017 Summer Camp Registration!

As always, United Communities will be offering 6 week summer camp programming for youth in grades K-12th. In addition to our traditional summer camp and Work Ready programs, we have added a Career Exposure module which is geared toward rising 7th and 8th grade students! 

 

 

Our summer programming provides youth with:

- Safe and nurturing experiences

- Arts & crafts, literacy, physical fitness, and character development

- Professional development and real life work experinces

- Ability to give back to your community through a service learning project

- A chance to meet to friends and make memories!

 

Registration for programming will be opening this spring! Please stay tuned for more information on our Work Ready and Career Exposure programs!

 

 

Our summer programming sites and supervisors are as follows:

 

George W. Sharswood School - 200 S. 2nd St.

Programming: Elementary Summer Camp and Career Exposure for 7th & 8th Grade students

Southwark Elementary School - 1835 S. 8th St.

Programming: Elementary and Middle Summer Camp

Rita Bocassini

rita.bocassini@ucsep.org

215-468-1645, ext. 252

Caroline Henley

carolinehenley@ucsep.org

215-468-1645, ext. 229

D. Newlin Fell School - 900 W. Oregon Ave.

Programming: Elementary and Middle School Summer Camp

Horace Howard Furness High School - 1900 S. 3rd St.

Programming: Work Ready Service Learning and Work Experience

Dina Lok 

dinalok@ucsep.org

215-468-1645, ext. 230

Diego Bedoya

diegobedoya@ucsep.org

215-468-1645, ext. 220

Savannah Peterson

savannahpeterson@ucsep.org

215-468-1645, ext. 303

 

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Meet Johnay!

Meet Johnay!

Name: Johnay Cranford
 
Grade: 10th grade
 
Program Site: GTLT
 
Favorite Book: After by Anna Todd
 
Career Aspiration: Nursing
 
Hobbies: Soccer, band, and lacrosse
 
What she loves about GTLT: We get to network with so many amazing people. We learn a lot about college and we visit different colleges."
 
Johnay is a cherished member of Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow, which she loves because she gets to interact with others! She always has a bright smile on her face and welcomes her peers. Johnay shows maturity and wisdom, never being afraid to ask questions. Despite being in the in 10th grade, Johnay is already thinking ahead to her future, often asking the same types of questions as her 12th grade counterparts!

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Six Tips For Keeping Teens Safe On Social Media

More than 60 percent of teens in the United States have at least one social media account, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. While being online is a good way to keep in touch with friends, it’s important for parents to be proactive about Internet safety. Unfortunately, there are people who can use your child’s…

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