Newsroom

Drexel Side-by-Side

Drexel Side-by-Side – Fall Term Course

PHIL 105: Critical Reasoning
Tuesdays, 5:00 – 7:50 PM
September 26 – December 12, 2017
59 N. 60th St., Philadelphia, PA 19139

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” –Bob Marley

Drexel University is hosting a free side-by-side course for residents of West Philadelphia at ACHIEVEability’s offices. This unique course format brings college students and community residents or organizations together in classes taught by distinguished Drexel faculty. We welcome members of our community to join these classes to learn and to share in this active learning model so we may work together to co-create solutions to social problems. There is no cost or education requirements for community students and all materials will be provided. The only requirements are registering for the course, making a commitment to attend every class, and being 18 years of age or older.

In order to register, please contact the Special Projects Manager, Griffith Ridgway at 215-557-8484 ext. 8826 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Drexel

 

New Executive Director for ACHIEVEability

ACHIEVEability is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamila Harris-Morrison as its new Executive Director. Jamila has been part of the organization for more than 10 years. “We are thrilled to welcome Jamila into the role of Executive Director. She has been a tremendous leader at the organization for more than a decade,” says Tim Thornton, President of the Board of Directors for ACHIEVEability and Director at Philly 311. “Jamila is committed to deepening our commitment to West Philadelphia residents and her experience and focus on the work is a perfect fit as we continue to expand our self-sufficiency services.”

whosnextcommunity-march2017-jamillaharrismorrison-1024x683Jamila previously held roles as ACHIEVEability’s Deputy Director and Director of Self-Sufficiency. A lifelong Philadelphian and advocate for vulnerable families, Jamila has dedicated her career to helping vulnerable families to reach their full potential as contributors to a vibrant community. “This community means so much to me - I am excited to represent our work and advocate for the values of ACHIEVEability,” says Jamila. While the poverty level in Philadelphia is an astounding 26%, the community served by ACHIEVEability sits at 37%. “Our work is needed now more than ever – we have to do better for the families of Philadelphia. Let’s step up and work together to solve poverty – one family at a time.”

Jamila graduated with honors from Clark University with a degree in Psychology and is a Master of Social Work candidate May 2017 at University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. Ms. Harris-Morrison has over 15 years of experience in counseling, educational and evaluative services for children and adults. Billy Penn recently featured Ms. Harris-Morrison as one of Philadelphia’s Upcoming Community Leaders.

 “Our future is bright!” notes Jamila as she speaks of their strategic alliance with Mission First Housing Group, formed in 2015 to enhance ACHIEVEability’s operations and management of its 144 affordable housing units. In fact, Mission First and ACHIEVEability will be closing on a new housing project, Haddington III Preservation Initiative, in the coming months, which will preserve 48 housing units for program participants. 

Jamila also lends her expertise and compassion to other organizations outside of ACHIEVEability. She is a mentor for Philadelphia Futures, and is a member of Women’s Way – Young Women Initiative, as well as the National Association of Black Social Workers.

   

Faces of Philanthropy

PECO and ACHIEVEability are proud honorees of the 2017 Philadelphia Business Journal Faces of Philanthropy. This recognition honors the most philanthropic initiatives between for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations that truly make a difference in the greater Philadelphia area.

New_West_Community_Group_Shot

For several years, PECO has served as a strategic partner for ACHIEVEability promoting successful organizational outcomes through the provision of in-kind contributions, sponsorship dollars and many volunteer hours. 

Within the last 18 months, PECO has provided the largest sponsorship for the 2016 annual fundraising gala, Food for Thought. PECO's sponsorship contributed to the success of our event and provided invaluable unrestricted funding to support our mission. PECO team member and ACHIEVEability board member, Mary Walker, served as the co-chair of the Food for Thought event committee. The event raised more than $254,000 in gross revenue and hosted over 500 guests. Over six consecutive years, PECO has provided $90,000 in event sponsorships, helping ACHIEVEability raise a grand total of more than $1.5 million in gross revenue. This relationship remains strong for this current year's event. Mary once again is serving as the event co-chair and PECO is committing to the same level of sponsorship. 

PECO has provided ACHIEVEability with in-kind support in many ways over the years including making contributions to the Welcome Home Kits, Holiday Gift Drive and Backpack Donation Drive. PECO has been a participant in the Backpack Donation Drive for the last three years, collecting more than 80 backpacks full of school supplies in 2016 alone. 

Community_Summer_Jam_-_Volunteers_and_Partners

PECO's commitment to ACHIEVEability is not just financial, it's personal. PECO employees have volunteered to prepare two homes for families coming out of shelters. In addition, during the past two years, PECO participated in ACHIEVEability's annual neighborhood clean-up providing more than 40 employee volunteers. 

The partnership between ACHIEVEability and PECO has served to help vulnerable families in the Haddington and Cobbs Creek area realize their full potential. PECO believes in our mission to permanently break the cycle of poverty in Philadelphia and actively supports its successful implementation.

 

   

60th Street Corridor Impact

As neighbors, it is important that we all play a part in creating a healthy, thriving community by maintaining clean streets. ACHIEVEability is committed to playing our part in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) and the Department of Commerce.

In partnership with PHS’s Community LandCare program and Cherry Blossoms Landscaping,150 addresses receive monthly care and maintenance throughout Haddington and Cobbs Creek. According to research done by Dr. Charles Branas, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, neighborhood greening is linked to significant reductions in certain crimes, such as gun assaults, as indicators linked to stress.

Daggett_St._12.8.16 

Additionally, ACHIEVEability works with ‘Brothers of Nature’ and the Department of Commerce, to provide cleaning and sweeping services along the 60th Street Commercial Corridor. In January alone, Brothers of Nature picked up more than 150 bags of trash. It’s our goal to empower residents to take ownership over the well-being of the neighborhood.

   

Drexel Side-by-Side

Drexel University is hosting a free side-by-side course for residents of West Philadelphia at ACHIEVEability’s offices. This unique course format brings college students and community residents or organizations together in classes taught by distinguished Drexel faculty. The goal of the courses is to create a mutually respectful learning environment where everyone can learn from each other and benefit from the experiences and perspectives of their classmates. We welcome members of our community to join these classes to learn and to share in this active learning model so we may work together to co-create solutions to social problems. There is no cost or education requirements for community students and all materials will be provided. The only requirements are simply registering for the course and making a commitment to attend every class.

drexel-horz-blue1

Here is information on the next class:

ENGL 323: Storytelling Through Mural Arts (Wednesdays from 5:30-8:00PM; April 3, 2017 through June 12, 2017)

Murals tell stories: about neighborhoods and communities, about individuals and their families, and about significant events in our histories. Students will research the context of a series of murals in Philadelphia, explore the process of community and artistic collaboration that produced them, and participate in a guided tour. Please call Special Projects Manager Griffith Ridgway at 215-557-8484 ext. 8826 for more information. Registration is open through March 31, 2017 on a first-come, first-served basis.

   

Page 1 of 34