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EPIC Stakeholders March Meeting

The Northeast EPIC Stakeholders met on March 27th at 2nd Baptist with a full program of informative speakers.  Nafisah Lewis, the new coordinator, lead the meeting.

George Mosee, Deputy District Attorney, discussed in detail the juvenile justice system in Philadelphia.  With his years of experience as a prosecutor, he has seen it all yet approaches each case with an eye toward justice.  One important takeaway for those at the meeting was a common misconception that juvenile arrest records are automatically expunged when the individual reaches maturity.  This is not an automatic process.  A petition must be filed.  It’s important because those records can hold a young person back from getting a student loan or even enlisting in the military.

Latasha Myers spoke on Turning Points for Children and the need for foster parents.

Leon Brantley spoke on Cyrus Bushnell (1700s) and Sister Sara Congo (1800s) and the movement to formulate historic and patriotic clubs in schools and churches.

Elizabeth Nicholas, community organizer for spoke about the new and growing online community for neighborhoods.

Brett Hart from the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, at the Globe Dye Works, introduced himself and described their program for youth.

Jason Dawkins, candidate for the state assembly for the 179th legislative district gave a campaign talk at the end of the meeting.  His opponent for the seat, James Clay, was not present.

The next meeting of the Northeast EPIC Stakeholders will be held n April 24th at 5:39 PM at the Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.


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New Leader at Northeast EPIC Stakeholders

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Nafisah and Charlene

Northeast EPIC Stakeholders announced at the meeting on February 27th that Charlene Lewis will be leaving her post and the new coordinator will be Nafisah Lewis.  She is at present working as an EPIC Elite.   Char will remain working in Frankford but in a new position at Turning Points for Children.

The meeting also featured Darlene Crawford and Jacquelyn Bivins of the Public Affairs Division of the Water Department.  In addition, Percy Rosales (Community Outreach for PECO) gave a ton of useful tips about how to save on your electric bill.

The next EPKIC Stakeholders meeting will be on Thursday, March 27th at 5:30 PM at the Second Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow Street.

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Frankford 5K Turkey Trot

Carson Valley Children’s Aid and the NE EPIC Stakeholders will host the 1st annual TURKEY TROT 5K walk/run at Harding Middle School located at Ditman and Wakeling.  The event kicks-off with registration beginning at 8:00AM.  There will be prizes awarded for the first male, first female and first youth to cross the finish line. Registration is $10.00 per adult and $1.00 and a canned good item for each youth participating. all proceeds raised from the event will go towards furnishing Thanksgiving holiday baskets for the needy families of Harding Middle School.
Should you need any further information please feel free to contact me anytime.
Thank you for your support,
Joan Todd
SAFE Teens/CHICKS Program Coordinator
Carson Valley Children’s Aid
2300 West Allegheny Avenue
Phila. PA 19132
215-225-2649 ext. 182

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Northeast EPIC Stakeholders Meeting Update

There was a good turnout at the Northeast EPIC Stakeholders meeting at 2nd Baptist on Thursday September 26th.  Charlene Lewis, EPIC Coordinator, lead the meeting.

  • Tony Alverez, Director of School and Community Relations for Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School spoke about moving into their new location at the former Northeast Catholic High School at 1840 Torresdale Avenue.  A ceremonial ribbon cutting is scheduled for October 9th at 10:00 am to mark the official move into the new location.
  • Leslie Kaufman, President of Philadelphia Sculptors and Ian Litwin, Community Planner at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission made a presentation on Destination Frankford.  Destination Frankford is an arts-based initiative using the concept of creative placemaking to enhance and expand the resources of the Frankford community.  An implementation effort of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s Philadelphia2035 Lower Northeast District Plan, Destination Frankford will capitalize on Frankford’s industrial heritage and its growing arts and design community to create a distinctive, clear image of Frankford as a place for creative, entrepreneurial businesses.  The plan calls to have a major piece of art at Womrath Park.  That will further enhance Womrath as the major gateway to Frankford.  In addition, there will be improvements to signage that will make it easier for visitors to navigate Frankford to find our local attractions and important points of interest.  The community will have input as to the final selection of the art to be installed.
  • Two CUA’s (Turning Points for Children and Catholic Community Services) made presentations.  Community Umbrella Agencies (CUA’s) are  community-based agencies that are responsible for the provision of direct case management services to families in their designated region.  The CUAs will ensure that local solutions and resources are more accessible to children and families.They will develop connections to formal and informal neighborhood networks that can strengthen and stabilize families and will be responsible for recruitment and retention of foster and adoptive parents in the neighborhoods where children live.

The next Northeast EPIC Stakeholder’s meeting will be on October xx at 5:30 PM at 2nd Baptist Church at 1801 Meadow St.