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November 7th, 2014 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

State of Young Philly:
A Week About Millennials Like You

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The millennial population is the fastest growing population in Philadelphia, as seen in the Roadmap to Growth report from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. But who is working to convene and leverage the voices of this population, you may ask?

Young Involved Philadelphia is!

Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) is a volunteer-run nonprofit that leverages and convenes this growing population through a variety of events throughout the year, namely the Nonprofit Board Prep Program, YIP Running Club (voted the 2014 Best Running Club by Philly Mag), Neighborhood Corridor Tours, a Book Club and their city-wide signature event, State of Young Philly.

The fifth annual State of Young Philly (SOYP) will take place November 14 – 22.This annual event series strives to engage, connect and represent the young demographic through a variety of skill building, training and social events. SOYP will convene over 50 nonprofit, community, arts/cultural, government and business organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region and Philadelphia’s fastest growing population – MILLENIALS!

Mike Kaiser, Young Involved Philadelphia Programming Chair and Penn State grad believes that “[the connections made at SOYP] really are the start and the seed for real positive effective change in the city.” TicketLeap’s spotlight video on the 2013 State of Young Philly (Campus Philly makes a few cameos) truly captures the essence of SOYP, which is sure to inspire you to join the movement.

There are over 20 events happening during SOYP, but below are two events you definitely don’t want to miss:

#SOYP14 Opening Night: Civic Engagement Fair

When: Friday, November 14 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: ImpactHUB (1227 N. 4th Street)

The #SOYP Opening Night will kick off the State of Young Philly with a meet and greet of regional nonprofit, governmental and community groups. This event will also feature young guest speakers, networking opportunities for hundreds of young Philadelphians and refreshments to go around.

#MeetPhilly Leaders Meetup

When: Tuesday, November 18 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: TBD Center City location

Campus Philly and Young Involved Philadelphia have teamed up for the #MeetPhilly Leaders Meetup. This event will feature a panel-style open forum complete with young regional panelists from a diverse range of industries to discuss their career paths in Philadelphia and obstacles and advantages for rising professionals.

Here is a sneak peek of the dynamic panelists:

  • Claire Robertson-Kraft, Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kellan White, Community Engagement and Special Events Manager for the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • Eric Smith, Social Media & Marketing Manager at Quirk Books, Co-founder of Geekadelphia and the Philly Geek Awards
  • Mikala Jamison, Arts and Culture Editor, Philadelphia City Paper
  • Brady Halligan, Director of Sales & University Partnerships, The GREEN Program PBC

 
Here is a full listing of all 22 events happening during State of Young Philly: http://www.stateofyoungphilly.com/

If you make it out of your dorm at all this fall, it should be to check out Young Involved Philadelphia’s State of Young Philly. This week-long event series will provide you with resources and connections that will keep you off the couch and out of the dorm for the rest of the year!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Monet Thomas-Anderson, Campus Philly Program Manager for Student Engagement and Young Involved Philadelphia Board Member at monet@campusphilly.org.

August 7th, 2014 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Get Involved With
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation!

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Campus Philly is excited to announce our new partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)!

Join ALSF this school year to help make a difference for kids with cancer and meet other college students in the Philadelphia area by participating in an inaugural Dance Marathon, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer. Be sure to check out the Campus Philly e-newsletter for more updates throughout the year.

Need a little background on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation? The Foundation started when 4-year-old cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott decided that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand and give the money she raised to doctors to help find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. Alex passed away at the age of 8, but her lemonade stand has evolved into a national fundraising movement with supporters of all ages carrying on her legacy. Since that first lemonade stand, ALSF has raised more than $80 million and funded over 450 pediatric cancer research projects throughout North America. If you are interested in learning more or getting your campus involved, please visit AlexsLemonade.org.

ALSF will also be participating at CollegeFest, on September 27th from 10am to 4pm at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum where they will be hosting a lemonade stand. If you are attending, stop by and say hi!

Here are some other ways for you to get involved with the cause:

  • Sign up to learn more about the dance marathon: The dance marathon will take place in the spring of 2015, but ALSF will have numerous fun and exciting ways to get involved leading up to the event.
  • Join us for Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride (AMM): AMM is a month-long event organized by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation throughout September. The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise funds and increase awareness of the need to support childhood cancer research.

April 8th, 2014 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Philadelphia Science Festival:
Are You Ready?

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The Philadelphia Science Festival is back, and whether you want to gaze at the stars, see fermentation in action, explore the chemistry behind pharmaceuticals, or learn more about wearable technology, there will be something for everyone. The Festival is a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that will take place from April 25th through May 3rd, and will feature lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

There are many great events scheduled; but here are three must-attend events:

The PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours

When: April 25th, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm Where:  Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

This party will mark the beginning of the nine-day festival filled with imagination, curiosity and all things science. This 21+ event will feature hands-on experiments, live demonstrations and Yard’s Official Science Festival beer to ignite your senses and set your curiosity ablaze! The event is also a part of the Franklin Institute’s Science After Dark series. This series of events focuses on a different topic every month, ranging from the science behind MacGyver (yes, mullet and all!) to forensics.

I Love My Science Job

When: April 30th, 4 pm to 7 pm Where: Quorum, University City Science Center, 8th Floor, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia

Campus Philly and the University Science Center have partnered together to present I Love My Science Job, an event that will provide a 360° view of the diverse job opportunities in STEM industries. Hear from Geek Award organizer, Jill Sybesma; physics/robotics teacher, Dan Ueda (a 2013 Geek Award recipient); and others about the work that they do outside of the lab. Click here to reserve your seat.

Science Carnival on the Parkway

When: May 3rd, 10 am to 3 pm Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

To close out the Philadelphia Science Festival, join fellow geeks on the Parkway for a jam-packed day of family-friendly games, food trucks and non-stop interactive live demonstrations by local science troupes. Feel free to bring a friend and get ready to have your mind blown.

If you want to know more, check out the full Philadelphia Science Festival calendar here for more events.

If you have any questions about the PSF, feel free to contact Monet Thomas-Anderson at monet@campusphilly.org.

July 1st, 2013 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Sensing Change at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Photo © Monet Thomas-Anderson for Campus Philly

When: July 1, 2013 through May 2, 2014

Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation at 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, (2 blocks South of 3rd and Market Street)

Price: FREE…that’s right… FREE

“This exhibit is about what people are seeing and not about polar bears and glaciers,” exclaims Elizabeth McDonnell, Project Leader for the Center for Contemporary History and Policy, as she talks about the new exhibit, Sensing Change, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. This eye-opening exhibit includes works by Katie Holten, Stacy Levy and Vaughn Bell, just to name a few.

Katie Holten’s belief that “humans are uprooted and disengaged from the current ecological crisis” inspired her work Uprooted: New York Street Trees which displays the underground roots of NY street trees – the roots never seen. Stacy Levy’s work, Calendar of Rain, serves as a “visceral method of keeping time and observing annual weather cycles.” Village Green, by Vaughn Bell “inspires a sense of humor and curiosity as we consider our role in dynamic ecosystems” as you poke your head into “floating” Plexiglass greenhouses.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Vaughn Rinner (mother of Vaughn Bell creator of Village Green) about Bell’s undergrad and graduate work; and got the inside scoop on Vaughn Bell’s path to an exhibit at CHF:

  • Early interest in “how people related to the environment around them”
  • B.A in Nature and Culture: Human Perspectives on the Natural Environment
  • For her undergrad senior project – she studied how people used grocery carts as urban gardens
  • M.F.A in Studio for Inter-related Media, where she began her work with greenhouse installations
  • 2008 – Installation of Village Green exhibit at Lycoming College Gallery in Williamsport, PA
  • 2013 – Installation of Village Green at Chemical Heritage Center

 

Sensing Change blends nature, science and art is a unique and aesthetic way. By viewing climate change this way; I felt more connected to the changes happening around me. This exhibit didn’t feel like an “Environment 101: The Basics of the World Around You” lecture, if felt more like a self-awakening of my own ecosystem.

If you are a science enthusiast, nature lover or free next Friday night; feel free to check out the CHF’s First Friday event which is the opening celebration of the Sensing Change exhibit. There will be short tours of the new exhibit and programming around “Lungs in the City” which explores the use of plants in the city to improve air quality.

As always, “chive on” my friends!!

– Monet Thomas-Anderson

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