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Can We Tackle Philadelphia's Poverty Problem With Technology?

October 4, 2011

Our economy has taken a sustained pounding. Unemployment is out of control and the economic outlook for the next decade looks questionable, at best.

With a quarter of all Philadelphians living in poverty, many fear that we may be entering a new down-graded reality that is structural and permanent. However, we can use technology and training to get us on the right track again.

Arun Prabhakaran is the Director of Government and Strategic Partnerships for the Urban Affairs Coalition. The group has taken an active role in fighting digital divide issues in Philadelphia.
Technically Philly

Sun Life Financial Recognizes Philadelphia Nonprofits and Three College-bound High School Seniors as Sun Life Rising Stars

October 5, 2011

Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF, TSX: SLF) today announced Philadelphia’s Sun Life Rising Star Awards program winners. The financial services company awarded a total of $165,000 in grants and scholarships to three youth-oriented nonprofits and to an exemplary student nominated by each organization. The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program aims to address low high school graduation rates in large urban school districts by providing financial and educational resources to students and nonprofit organizations committed to increasing success in high school and beyond.

Three Philadelphia Students Win Surprise Scholarships

October 10, 2011

For three Philadelphia high school students, an evening field trip to the museum turned into a surprise that may change their lives.

Seniors Tiffany Collins, Jamal Robinson, and Ramean Clowney thought they were attending a speaking event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art last week, only to discover they had received Sun Life Rising Star scholarships. At the awards ceremony in the museum auditorium, each received $5,000 toward his or her college education.

Quan Nguyen
Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly Delegation Goes to NYC

September 26, 2011

Senator Visits UAC

September 26, 2011
Senator visits UAC.

Coalition Releases Foreclosure Prevention Resource Guide

September 22, 2011

A practical and comprehensive guide for residents, housing counselors, lawyers, and mortgage lenders

The national foreclosure crisis continues to have a devastating effect on communities across the Philadelphia region. The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC), a nonprofit organization that works to build wealth in urban communities, has released the newest edition of its Foreclosure Prevention Resource Guide. The Guide is designed to help residents, housing counselors, lawyers, and mortgage lenders navigate the mortgage foreclosure process.

Urban Affairs Coalition Launches New Website

September 15, 2011

New site includes jobs listings and career resources

Job seekers might want to visit the Urban Affairs Coalition's (UAC) new website. The site, which launched today, features an extensive Job Opportunities and Career Resources section as well as a directory of services offered by UAC and its partner organizations, including free computer training, financial education workshops, resources for entrepreneurs, and free tax preparation services.

Comcast Offers Low-Cost Internet and Computers

September 1, 2011

Tens of thousands of Philadelphia-area households could get low-cost computers and Internet service under a new program from Comcast.

When Comcast was seeking FCC approval of its acquisition of NBC Universal, the company committed to a program to help bridge the digital divide. The result is its Internet Essentials programs, which executive vice president David Cohen said is available nationwide to any family in a Comcast service area with a child eligible for free school lunches.

Dave Davies

CEO File: Stay Curious, Engaged and Passionate

August 19, 2011

Sharmain Matlock-Turner


Name: Sharmain Matlock-Turner.

Age: 61.
Title: President and CEO.

Company: Urban Affairs Coalition.

Description: The UAC develops programs, shares services and provides fiscal sponsorship to nonprofits.

Number of Employees: 400.

Budget in last fiscal 2011: $29 million.

Philadelphia Business Journal