Tim Whitaker and Mighty Writers: Giving Kids the Power of Writing

Tim Whitaker and Mighty Writers: Giving Kids the Power of Writing

Numbers don't lie. Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the country. Nearly 40-percent of the city’s students are not graduating high school and only 30-percent of eighth grade kids are reading and writing at grade level.

That’s why in 2009, Mighty Writers was launched with a five-word elevator pitch: To teach kids to write.

They do this through four-day-a-week writing academies at their six neighborhood locations in Philadelphia, at their Kennett site in West Grove, and at their site in Camden, New Jersey.

Over the course of a year—including summers—they take students through every genre of writing but always with the same goal: to get kids to think clearly and write with clarity.

Jeffrey Rosen and the National Constitution Center: Visit—Learn—Debate

Jeffrey Rosen and the National Constitution Center: Visit—Learn—Debate

Jeffrey Rosen is the president & CEO of the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the U.S. Constitution. Located steps from Independence Hall in historic Philadelphia, the Center engages millions of citizens as an interactive museum, national town hall and provider of nonpartisan resources for civic education.

Ellen Hwang, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Reimagining Public Spaces

Ellen Hwang, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Reimagining Public Spaces

In Philadelphia, Knight Foundation focuses on the power of public spaces to unite and strengthen the city. In partnership with the city and other funders, they piloted Reimagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to connect and reinvigorate public spaces such as parks, trails, recreation centers and libraries. Their goal is to bring together people from all backgrounds, develop new local leaders and foster a more vibrant, engaged community.

Bill Valerio and the Woodmere Art Museum: Art for Philadelphians by Philadelphians

Bill Valerio and the Woodmere Art Museum: Art for Philadelphians by Philadelphians

Dr. William Valerio serves as the director and CEO of Woodmere Art Museum. As a result of Dr. Valerio’s leadership, Woodmere has become an increasingly vital presence in the cultural life of the region with steady growth in attendance, membership, and community involvement. By organizing almost one hundred exhibitions and enlarging and digitizing the Museum’s collection, Dr. Valerio has elevated the visibility of Philadelphia’s artists.

Madeline Bell and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Saving Kids Around the Globe

Madeline Bell and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Saving Kids Around the Globe

Madeline Bell is the president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States. A bold and visionary leader, she champions change with empathy and integrity, inspiring the nearly 20,000 employees in the hospital’s $3-billion-a-year health system and research institute to create breakthroughs that have worldwide impact.

Jim Friedlich: Supporting Local Journalism in Philadelphia and Nationwide through The Lenfest Institute

Jim Friedlich: Supporting Local Journalism in Philadelphia and Nationwide through The Lenfest Institute

Jim Friedlich serves as executive director of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, an innovative nonprofit organization that supports local journalism in Philadelphia and nationwide. The Institute is also the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, now the largest newspaper in America owned by a nonprofit organization, and leverages it as a “live lab” for innovative journalism efforts nationwide. 

Nick Stuccio and FringeArts: Dancing to Make a Difference

Nick Stuccio and FringeArts: Dancing to Make a Difference

FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectation. Their programming exposes audiences to genre-defying dance, theater, and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who push the boundaries of art-making and redefine the artistic landscape worldwide.

Claire Greenwood and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia: Making Business Work for Good

Claire Greenwood and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia: Making Business Work for Good

As the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s regional CEO Council for Growth, Claire Greenwood leads the work of nearly 60 business, higher-education and civic leaders who commit their time and efforts to enhancing economic growth and prosperity in the tri-state area. Through Claire’s direction these leaders actively work to foster regional cooperation, enhance mobility, advance innovation, and develop and retain talent in the community, with a focus on growing the energy, manufacturing and healthcare innovation sectors.

Chris Gruits: Curating Innovative and Groundbreaking Programs at the Annenberg Center

Chris Gruits: Curating Innovative and Groundbreaking Programs at the Annenberg Center

Chris Gruits is the executive and artistic director of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His vision returns the Annenberg Center to its roots as Philadelphia’s premier curator of innovative and groundbreaking programs, and a wide range of collaborations in dance, music, theater and more. A signature of his leadership is the cultivation of partnerships across the community, reflecting the Annenberg Center’s commitment to serving the University of Pennsylvania, the surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhood and the Greater Philadelphia region.

Leonard Haas and the Wyncote Foundation: Carrying on the Legacy of Philanthropy

Leonard Haas and the Wyncote Foundation: Carrying on the Legacy of Philanthropy

Board Chair of the Wyncote Foundation, Leonard Haas serves with his brothers to carry on the legacy started by their father, John C. Haas, while expanding the foundation's impact in the greater Philadelphia area and in the Pacific Northwest via Wyncote Foundation Northwest by providing grants in arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services, preservation, public media and journalism.

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