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.

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July 31, 2020
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.

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July 31, 2020
Ward Allan Yont & …and Purpose in Life: Spreading Enlightenment Behind Bars

Ward Allan Yont & …and Purpose in Life: Spreading Enlightenment Behind Bars

Shortly after being incarcerated in an Arizona state penitentiary, Ward discovered A Course in Miracles. For the past 25 years, he’s been an avid student and practitioner of that classic spiritual work, and is a prison-based facilitator and teacher of topics related to spiritual psychotherapy and metaphysics. ...and Purpose in Life is a memoir about the events that led to his incarceration and subsequent spiritual transformation. In renowned educator, speaker and author Marianne Williamson’s words: “We can easily focus on the tragedies in Yont’s story, but there is no need to dwell there. For this is a story of resurrection and love—of darkness turned into light, and the transformation of the human heart. Yont is not a victim, but a teacher. He has lived his own story and now he illumines ours.”

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July 31, 2020
Dr. Rich Thorsten & water.org: Making Clean Water Accessible to All

Dr. Rich Thorsten & water.org: Making Clean Water Accessible to All

Water.org is a global nonprofit organization working to bring water and sanitation to the world. They want to make it safe, accessible, and cost-effective.

They help people get access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing, such as small loans. They work every day to empower people in need with these life-changing resources – giving women hope, children health and families a bright future.

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August 18, 2020
Glenn Bergman: Distributing Food to Help Those in Need and Advocating Food-Access Policies through Philabundance

Glenn Bergman: Distributing Food to Help Those in Need and Advocating Food-Access Policies through Philabundance

Glenn Bergman is the executive director of Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger-relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to help feed those in need, and advocating for policies that increase food access. Philabundance's mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever.

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February 21, 2020
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.

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February 5, 2020