Civic and Community Engagement

PlayStreets are back in Philly, with safety training in place

It’s the active shooter equivalent of “stop, drop and roll,” and it’s a crucial piece of knowledge for the crew of teenagers helping with Philadelphia’s “PlayStreets” program this summer. They started work this Monday, hoping to create a safe and educational environment despite the city’s ongoing gun violence crisis and a Fourth of July weekend disrupted by gunfire. | From: WHYY (Read more.)


Southwest Philly block reopens as play street one year after shooting

For the last 60 years, Philadelphia has run its PlayStreets program, which functions both as a city-run summer camp and a free meal distribution program for families. This year, about 260 city streets will be blocked off from traffic and local block captains will distribute meals, backpacks, toys, and games for kids to play with in the street.

For Renell Powell, a retired grandma of four and assistant block captain, last summer’s COVID doldrums proved to be the perfect time to bring a PlayStreet to the 200 block of Alden St. in Southwest Philly.

“I noticed it wasn’t that many places in the area doing it,” Powell said. “I’m retired, and my grandson said, ‘Grandma, why don’t we just try a PlayStreet, give out the lunches?’ I said, ‘OK.’” | From WHYY (Read more.)


This Week at Broke in Philly: 08.17.18

• At Temple, campus food pantry becomes summer lifeline for hungry students | From: Philadelphia Media Network
• Broke in Philly: Financial Struggles for 1st Generation College Students | From NBC10/Telemundo62
• ‘A perfect circle of helping’: 3 nonprofits join forces to feed people in Kensington | From: Billy Penn
• Home visits from education experts are improving outcomes for Philly kids in poverty | From: Generocity
• Anti-poverty crusaders fight to cut taxes for mobile-home owners | From: Philadelphia Media Network
• Comcast’s $10 internet for low-income Americans is exploding in popularity | From: Billy Penn
• Broke in Philly: From Homeless to Business Owner | From: NBC10/Telemundo61
• Philly Playstreets provide haven amid poverty, blight, and drugs | From: Philadelphia Media Network (Read more.)