From PlanPhilly: Lisa Hall never did any extracurriculars while in school. She wants to change that for her two young children. “I think it exposes them to new things and I hope they find out they’re passionate about something,” said Hall, who lives in Southwest Philadelphia. (Read more.)
From Philadelphia Media Network: The Free Library system is the largest provider of free public Wi-Fi in the region, and with internet access as well as public computers available at every Free Library location with a library card, a world of possibility is opened as users can open email accounts, search for jobs, connect with family members via social media, conduct research, and much more. (Read more.)
From Technical.ly: Backed by a $150,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a six-week training program at makerspace NextFab could offer one pathway: teaching people how to control a robotic armed used in advanced manufacturing. (Read more.)
An examination of Free Library of Philadelphia branch operating hours showed that neighborhood branches in communities with high poverty rates often close earlier and more often than those in areas with low poverty rates. (Read more.)
On today’s show we have Justin Ennis who is the Executive Director, ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships. He joins Wake Up With WURD to talk about after school programs in Philadelphia and also to talk about an after school program fair that will be happening Sept. 22 (Read more.)
From The Philadelphia Tribune: In today’s world of advanced technology and globalization it is extremely difficult to have financial stability without the foundation of a good pre-school, K-12 and post-secondary education, whether that is certification for a valued skill, additional training, community college or four-year college degree. (Read more.)
From The Philadelphia Tribune: Historical standards for what constitutes poverty have improved and therefore the anti-poverty movement has been a success. While this analysis may take into account those historical factors that describe conditions of poverty, it grossly understates the human suffering and intergenerational character of poverty as viewed by those of us who continue to fight this insidious war. (Read more.)
Resolve Philadelphia supported Fun Times to produce a series about the role of historically Black colleges and universities as engines of economic mobility. See their reporting, which was the cover story of their July/August print edition, at the links below.