Helping Families Stay Warm This Winter

The autumn is a very busy time for United Communities’ Client Services Department. Half of the department, the Benefits Access Center, is gearing up for the annual launch of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding on November 1st. LIHEAP, for those who may be unaware, provides a grant to qualified low-income families who have fallen behind on…

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Summer ’17 Rewind!

This was another eventful summer for United Communities! Check out our program recap!

Career Exposure – Forty rising 8th-grade Middle School students worked hard to prepare for their futures this summer by participating in the Career Exposure Program at George Sharswood School. The youth explored a variety of post-secondary and career path options and shared their findings with their family and peers during their culminating event held at the Fleisher Memorial Art Museum. The youth also had the opportunity to meet with Mayor Kenney at City Hall this summer, where they had the chance to talk to the Mayor about his political career and toured City Hall.

 

 

 

Read by 4th – Once again our Elementary summer program sites participated in the Read by 4th Campaign, a summer literacy initiative that is part of the Free Library of Philadelphia. This program targets youth in grades K-3, with the goal of helping to make sure that will be reading at grade level by the 4th grade. Our summer camp staff and the literacy coaches provided by Read by 4th worked collaboratively in ensuring that program youth were engaged in fun and interactive literacy activities that would both assist in developing a love of reading and strengthen their literacy skills over the summer.

 

 

Work Ready High School Programming – Our Work Ready summer programming was very successful! Once each week, the youth took a break from their Work Ready job sites and Service Learning activities to meet as a group and engage in informative career and post-secondary themed workshops and to work on their culminating projects. At the end of the summer program, the youth and their instructors celebrated the diligent work, efforts, and achievements made by the youth at South Bowl. A great time was had by all!

 

 

 

 

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South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition August Events!

South Philadelphia Prevention Coalition (SPPC) will be keeping busy as the Summer winds down by doing some amazing things to really inspire our youth and families in the South Philadelphia community. The month of August will be especially busy! On August 2nd, SPPC will be having a Clean-Up Day and working on developing an Urban Garden Cafe at 8th…

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Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow End of Year Celebration

GTLT’s 2017 Graduates! On June 10th, Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow concluded a spectacular year with an End of Year Celebration at La Salle University. Dedicated GTLT volunteer, Justine Sloyer, opened the ceremony with a heartfelt narrative of her experience working with GTLT this year. Girls Inc. participant, Nasirah Huff and YWCA Tri-County Area participant, Abigail Krause emceed the event. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President…

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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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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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