Weekly news updates and enrichment activities brought to you by the Netter Center team 
June 30th, 2021 

Dear UACS families,

We hope that everyone is doing well! The weather is heating up, so make sure that you are staying hydrated and cool.
During the summer, the newsletter will be switching to a bi-weekly schedule. We look forward to sharing exciting UACS camp highlights with you every other week!
Wishing you good health,
The Netter Center
UACS Programming

Virtual UACS Summer Programming

Looking for something fun (and remote) to do this summer? Virtual summer programming for rising 1st through 6th grade starts June 28th! Join us Mondays through Thursdays 10 am-1 pm for reading, games, sports, art, science, and more! For more information, please contact Elizabeth Tonnon at 484-221-4302 or elizabethtonnon@gmail.com.

Summer UACS Nights

Tuesdays at 6 PM via Zoom: 
Cooking Around the World (Zoom Link: TBA)
Painting @ Home (Zoom Link: TBA) 

Thursdays at 6 PM at West Catholic Prep Courtyard
Line Dancing with In the Dance

Saturdays at 11 AM (various locations)
Nature Hikes with Trap-n-Trail  

Contact Ashely Mapp at ashleyamapp@gmail.com
Local News 

City-Wide Updates

The City of Philadelphia will be implementing the Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban on July 1st. Click below to read more. 

Click for: City Updates

Penn Updates

Penn Medicine will continue its collaboration with the West and Southwest Philadelphia communities to operate a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in partnership with community organizations, faith-based institutions, restaurants, barbershops, and even professional sports teams, thanks to $1 million in funding from the City of Philadelphia, in partnership with PMHCC.

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School District of Philadelphia Updates 

The School District of Philadelphia announced the acquisition of five electric school buses for the 2021-2022 school year through the support of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).

Click for: SDP Updates

Community Schools Policy Brief by Dr. Harkavy and Colleagues

Netter Center Founding Director Ira Harkavy and fellow community school leaders Martin J. Blank, Jane Quinn, and Lisa R. Villarreal have released a brief, Partnerships for Equity and Excellence: The Community School Strategy, to inform school and community leaders how the American Rescue Act funds can be used to expand community schools.

There is specific recognition that higher education institutions have an important role to play by "engag[ing] their students, faculty, and staff as active partners working with public school teachers and students to improve learning, as well as providing an array of opportunities and the use of university facilities."

The American Rescue Plan Act gives schools and communities an opportunity to reimagine education systems and accelerate the transformative change many communities have been striving for. 
Community Events, Highlights & Resources

Einstein's A Better Start F.U.N. Program: Free Virtual Nutrition Classes

Join Einstein's A Better Start F.U.N. program and your local libraries for a series of free, virtual nutrition classes this June and July! Each 1-hour interactive Zoom class for adults will feature healthy eating tips, movement breaks, and recipe demos. Click HERE to sign up for as many classes as you'd like!

Al-Bustan Seeds Of Culture Hub

Join Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, on June 30 to receive a COVID vaccine! Come anytime between 12-6 PM to 3645 Lancaster Avenue to get either the J&J or Pfizer vaccine! Walk-ups and prescheduled appointments available. Click HERE to schedule an appointment. 

AchieveAbility Free Summer Lunch Program

AchieveAbility is providing free, to-go breakfast & lunch to youth (18 and under) at their office at 59 North 60th Street, Monday through Friday between 10 AM – 1 PM.

Masks are required for pick-up.
Job Training, Employment, and Volunteer Opportunities
Click Here to Access More Job Training Resources

Apply for Training and Job Opportunities with Penn Medicine

West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is again partnering with Penn Medicine for training and job opportunities as Patient Services Associates earning $15.99 an hour.
Click HERE for more information! 
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