Civic and Community Engagement

PHL Youth Week opens space for gun violence conversation

This week, the Mayor’s Office of Youth Engagement has set out to gather teen input on education, public safety, entrepreneurship and health during PHL Youth Week. It’s an opportunity for gun violence prevention activists to try to elevate the voices of teens who are directly impacted by the crisis. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

How the Afghan Adjustment Act would help U.S. allies who were evacuated to Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Days before the one-year anniversary of the fall of Kabul — which commenced the giant air evacuation of wartime Afghan allies to the United States — the House and Senate introduced the Afghan Adjustment Act on Tuesday. The law has been sought by Afghans, their supporters, clergy and immigration organizations who say it’s crucial to securing the futures of those who fought side-by-side with American troops. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)

Community and Family

Philly’s foster kids don’t need to sleep in DHS conference rooms

In 2016, Philadelphia closed its only juvenile psychiatric residential treatment facility — Wordsworth — after a 17-year-old died in a fight with staff. The city opened another in 2020, but that facility soon lost its license due to “multiple child right violations,” according to the state. Now, the city is asking providers to bid for a contract to create another facility. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)