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.

Safi Organics and Joyce Kamande: Empowering African Farmers

Safi Organics and Joyce Kamande: Empowering African Farmers

Safi Organics uses technology to downsize and decentralize fertilizer production, making it feasible to implement on a village-level basis using locally available resources and labor. This reduces the logistical cost and produces a high-quality product that, at the same price as conventional fertilizers, can improve farmers’ yields by up to 30%.

Alicia Wallace of All Across Africa: Making & Selling Products That Strengthen Africa

Alicia Wallace of All Across Africa: Making & Selling Products That Strengthen Africa

Alicia Wallace is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of All Across Africa.  Known as, AAA the company is a social business working to create thousands of jobs by designing, training and exporting products from rural parts of Africa, thus using business as a change-agent for poverty in the developing world.

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.

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.

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