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First Promise Zone Housing & Health Workshop is Well Attended

January 2016 was a busy month for neighborhoods in the Promise Zone, with a variety of community events being hosted. The events, centered on housing and health & wellness issues, were well attended and enthusiastically received by community members. MORE

Voices of the Promise Zone – Promise Zone VISTA Patrick Bayer

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Patrick Bayer is the Workforce Development and Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. He has served a year in the position through the AmeriCorps VISTA service program. Since his term of service will be completed at the end of February, Patrick shared some information about his experiences working with the Philadelphia Promise Zone. Read more

Promise Zone Housing & Health Workshop Series Begins in 2016

The Promise Zone Housing and Health and Wellness committees are partnering to launch a series of four housing and health workshops beginning in January. The series will help to inform with residents the relationship between housing issues and chronic health problems such as asthma and allergies.The series will also provide cross promotional marketing for other Promise Zone related events, services, and available resources among partner agencies to create a better
quality of life within the Promise Zone. Read more

Mount Vernon Manor: Phase II Development

Mount Vernon Manor: Phase II Development

Mount Vernon Manor CDC is excited to announce that financing for the Phase II development of affordable housing in Mantua.The final plans were finalized on December 15, 2015. Rehabilitation of the three buildings, which house a total of 48 units, will begin in the spring.

The Promise Corps launches in 4 West Philly High Schools

The Promise Zone has launched its Promise Corps program, a college and career readiness initiative in 4 West Philadelphia high schools. The program places 25 AmeriCorps volunteers into the schools to work with around 1,000 students each year, providing them with tutoring, guidance, and exploration of various post-secondary options. Students will learn about and explore college, job training, career, and service options, while getting academic support in STEM subject areas. Read More

Promise Zone Open House

Promise Zone Open House
On December 2nd, approximately 80 residents and other stakeholders from across the Promise Zone attended an Open House coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity and key Promise Zone partner organizations.
  • 25 attendees were interested in receiving a copy of the final action plan
  • 24 signed up to receive the Promise Zone newsletter (hello, new readers)
  • 19 signed up to join a committee
On a scale of 1 – 5, with 5 meaning “Strongly Agree”, residents on average rated the open house a 3.9 in terms of feeling like the open house helped them feel that the Promise Zone will have a positive impact for their communities.


Announcing Promise Zone ACT Mini Grant Round 2 Awards

The Promise Zone is pleased to announce the following organizations have received funding in the second round of the Promise Zone Achieving Capacity Together Mini Grant. Organizations who applied and were not funded are encouraged to contact

to discuss their applications, and then reapply in the final round. Round 3 applications are due December 4th.
Funded in the second round:
  • University City Arts League – Provide after-school arts classes at Samuel Powel School
  • Mantua Community Improvement Committee – To support the RYYDA youth entrepreneurship program
  • Chosen 300, Inc – To increase the capacity of their community computer lab


Partner Spotlight: The Enterprise Center

The Enterprise Center is a West Philadelphia-based Promise Zone partner whose mission is to cultivate and invest in minority entrepreneurs to inspire working together for economic growth in communities. The Enterprise Center family of nonprofits – which also includes The Enterprise Center Capital Corporation and The Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation – achieves results in the Philadelphia region by accelerating the capacity of minority enterprises to compete in any marketplace through business education, access to capital, management support, and industry connections; by providing debt and equity capital that businesses need to start, grow, and succeed; and by catalyzing benefits for businesses and residents that spark community revitalization. Read more

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