News & Publications

KEYSPOT at UAC Helps Good Students Become Better

Date: 
May 25, 2012

When The Urban Affairs Coalition recently launched its KEYSPOT at 1207 Chestnut St., several city residents were already coming in to use it. Among them were Barbra Carey of Overbrook, and Sherry Fisher of Southwest Philadelphia, both of whom have completed computer training classes with KEYSPOT and plan to participate in more classes.

For Carey, the benefits of basic computer skills became clearly apparent when she began taking classes at a local community college. She was astonished that no professors would accept handwritten papers.

Author: 
KEYSPOT
Source: 
phillyKEYSPOTS.org

Putting young people to work

Date: 
May 21, 2012

Philadelphia is facing a summer jobs crisis. Due to diminishing federal funds and the recession, estimates suggest that only 5,400 young people will work this summer through WorkReady Philadelphia, the city's youth workforce development system. Local employers, area foundations, and city and state governments are stepping up. But there's still a way to go to reach the target of 7,500 jobs.

Author: 
Stacy E. Holland and Sharmain Matlock-Turner
Source: 
Philadelphia Public School Notebook

How Starbucks Is Helping Small Businesses Create Jobs

Date: 
May 14, 2012

Remember how Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, was going to overhaul the jobs market, or at least invest in small business?

Author: 
Neil Merlino
Source: 
Open Forum

TEENSHOP TO HOST "SHOES FOR LIFE" THOUSANDS OF SHOES TO BE DONATED TO NEEDY FAMILIES

Date: 
May 14, 2012

(PHILADELPHIA May 11, 2012) - Teenshop, a nonprofit that empowers teen girls to become leaders in their communities, will hold its 2nd Annual Shoes for Life event on Saturday, May 19th. It will take place, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Berean Presbyterian Church at 2101 North Broad Street (Broad and Diamond Streets), which donated the location.

Helping Students Understand Debt

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Student loan debt has reached over a trillion dollars! For this reason, UAC has partnered with Philadelphia City Controller, Alan Butkovitz for his Bank on Philadelphia program. This week, as part of the program, UAC's Tiffany Thurman taught a financial aid workshop to students at Philadelphia Mennonite High School. Students learned about the importance of understanding the basics of student loans. This is one of many financial literacy courses that will be provided by UAC throughout April -- Financial Literacy Month. A story on the workshop aired on NBC 10's Consumer Watch.

City’s digital divide can be squeezed

Date: 
April 17, 2012

For thousands of low-income Philadelphia households not connected to the Internet, it will take more than a bargain-rate price of $10 a month for Internet service to get them across the so-called digital divide.

The fewer than 500 takers for the service Comcast Corp. began offering in September as part of its merger with NBCUniversal makes it clear greater efforts are needed.

So it’s good to see a “Freedom Rings” partnership, which includes city agencies, the Free Library, various nonprofits, and Drexel University, form to expand training and computer access.

Author: 
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial

Teenshop Launches New Blog for Girls

Date: 
April 9, 2012
When girls need advice they now have a place to go online to get answers.

George Boyer Vashion Lecture: The Law & Politics of Affirmative Action

Event Details
Date: 
April 27, 2012
Price: 
$0.00
Please join us for an engaging lecture and panel discussion on the law and politics of affirmative action.