Weekly news updates and enrichment activities brought to you by the Netter Center team 
February 22nd, 2021 

Dear UACS families,

We hope that everyone is staying safe and warm during this next wave of winter weather!
As a reminder, enrollment for Spring UACS programs is still open; links for more information are located below. Also, please take a look at our new Job and Employment Opportunities section of the newsletter for career-related resources!

Wishing you good health,
The Netter Center

Enroll in UACS this spring!

Comegys: Enroll here | More Information

Lea: Enroll here | More information

Hamilton and Mitchell: Enroll here | More information

West Philly High School: Email UACS Site Director, Corey James: coreyj@upenn.edu

Sayre High School: Enroll here

Click here for UACS Site Director Contact Information
UACS Programming

A Celebration of Black History - Honoring our Philly Sports Heros

Learn more about the history of the Black athletes of Philly! Hang out with Penn basketball athletes and experience fun activities with new friends!
All K-12 students can join on February 23rd, from  5-7pm.
For more information and to register, click HERE!
Dance for Health
Attention all UACS students and families!! Please join us for virtual Dance for Health, a fun and family-friendly line dancing class that boosts your physical activity and overall well being. If you would like to share this event, please have your friends or family sign up HEREYou can join our Zoom session HERE!
Join us for our Second Workshop on March 1st - Grow Healthy Together: Mind, Body, and Spirit. Click HERE for the Zoom link! (Zoom ID: 96873792005)
Local News 

City-Wide Updates

On April 15, 2021, Mayor Kenney will propose a budget to City Council for the coming year. Due to COVID-19, the City is facing difficult budget choices this year. Before the City finishes drafting the budget, they want to hear from Philadelphians like you on how the City should focus its spending. Take the survery to have your voice heard.

Click for: City Updates

Penn Updates

Penn Medicine and Black faith leaders lead Covid-19 vaccination clinic in West Philly in an effort to build trust with the community. 

Click for: Penn Updates

School District of Philadelphia Updates

The district's hybrid learning plan has been delayed one week. They now plan on welcoming students back on Monday, March 1st. 

Click for: SDP Updates
Click here to contact Site Directors about K-8 student peer support groups!

UACS Nights and Service Link

Save the date for March 1st!
UACS Nights is teaming up with Service Link to provide information regarding public benefits and COVID-19 resources to the community. 

Service Link will connect participants with resources such as housing, food, utilities, adult education, adult day care, employment, finances, transportation, legal services, and mental health.
Community Advisory Board Meet & Greet Review
The Netter Center's Community Advisory Board (CAB) and Student Advisory Board (SAB) met on Monday, February 15th to strengthen their collaboration and connection, and CAB shared their advice and stories about Penn-West Philadelphia partnerships. The event featured Rev Dr. Joe Nock (CAB Vice Chair), Jettie Newkirk, Esq.(CAB Chair), Principal Richard Gordon (CAB and Robeson), and Quinton Morrow (Robeson High Schooler). Click HERE to see a clip from the conversation with Ms. Jettie!
Netter Center Staff Spotlight
Community Events, Highlights & Resources

Clarifi Financial Support Services 

CHOP’s Healthier Together program and Clarifi have partnered to offer free financial literacy counseling for West Philadelphia families. Clarifi provides financial services that work for everybody! You decide what you’d like to work on during the session(s), and Clarifi will support you. 
Through this program you can receive financial counseling on 
credit building advice and coaching, budgeting and savings counseling, creating an emergency or recovery plan, 
529 Keystone Savings planning, and much more!
For more information or to schedule an appointment, click HERE!
Letter to Future Investors Phase II Visioning 46th & Market
Letter to Future Investors has announced the start of Phase II of their "Visioning 46th & Market," based on answers from the previous survey, focus groups will dig deeper into four specific topics. To sign up or learn more about these focus groups, click HERE!
Reopen and Recover Grant
Was your business affected by the civil unrest & Covid-19? Apply for a $10,000.00 grant for physical improvements, inventory, marketing, or past-due bills. The application deadline is Feb. 26th!
Click HERE for more information and to apply!
Job Training, Employment, and Volunteer Opportunities
Click Here to Access More Job Training Resources

Safety Captain Initiative

The Safety Captain Initiative is an afterschool job for teens that uses a project based learning approach to answer questions like: What makes a youth friendly neighborhood? What makes a neighborhood safe?
The job includes getting paid to learn about, research and discuss concepts like community, safety, health & wellness. As part of your job, you will take part in workshops, go on field trips, and will learn how to conduct community asset mapping, and more! Click HERE to learn more!
WPSDI No-Cost CDL Training and Jop Opportunties 
WPSDI is searching for customer-service superstars who have had a valid driver’s license for at least the last three years, with open schedule availability, and who possess an interest in growing a career at SEPTA. Training is online, but testing is in-person. Access to a laptop or desktop computer, broadband internet, a webcam, and a word processing program like Microsoft Word or similar are essential to training completion.
The deadline is Tues. March 2nd at 5pm, click HERE for more information!
Philadelphia Job Corps
Whether you are looking to start your career, finish your diploma, or something in between, Job Corps' free career training program will get you where you want to go.

At Job Corps, you'll not only receive free career training in the nation's leading industries, but you also get everyday basics.
Click HERE to learn more about this opportunity!
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