Meet Paris!

Name: Paris Veal

Grade: 7th

Program Site: Sharswood MS OST – GEMS Program

Favorite Book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Career Aspiration: Entrepreneur in the Beauty Supply Industry

Why she's awesome: Paris has been an active participant in the OST program since 2013.  Paris is a President’s Honors student who has maintained straight A’s and perfect attendance since Kindergarten.  Paris is outspoken, articulate and well mannered.  She is an active member of GEMS (Girls Empowered through Mentoring and Support) and has proven to be a vocal support system for her program sisters.

Paris worked this summer through our Career Exposure Program at United Communities and because of her outstanding personality and bravery, was the Culminating Events Emcee for the evening. She loves to read and is active in community service. Paris plans on attending Central High School after completing elementary school and then go on to attain her degree in Business from Harvard. Paris is a leader and excellent Role Model for her peers and younger!

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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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Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Month

September is Fetal Alcohol Awareness Month! Did you know that alcohol exposure during pregnancy can interfere with a baby’s healthy development and is directly associated with brain damage and other birth defects? Brain damage can occur across a spectrum from mild to severe and may not be recognized until the child is an adolescent or older. For more information…

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