The Citizen Recommends: The COmmunity VIDeo Resiliency Project

Big Picture Alliance’s screening of youth-created films explores how the pandemic has affected young people—and the resilience they continue to show in the face of adversity

By Christina Griffith

Guest Commentary: Reflections from a First-Time Voter

A Penn student looks back on a whiplash year that forced her to confront her own assumptions: How could she preach voting when she wasn’t sure she’d vote?

By Calista Lopez

The Power of Snapshots

While Covid-19 has forced the closure of many after-school programs, Photography Without Borders continues to empower North Philly youth with cameras, connections—and confidence. And now, the students’ work has gone national.

By Jessica Blatt Press

The Citizen Updates: Catching Up With Hallee Adelman

With the hit documentary The Social Dilemma and her latest children's book, the author, filmmaker and philanthropist continues to empower young people

By Jessica Blatt Press

“A Caress to the Soul”

The Philadelphia Lullaby Project, launched this year by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute with World Cafe Live, strengthens bonds among parents, babies and communities

By Jessica Blatt Press

Integrity Icon 2020: Meet Thomas Quinn

The Central High School social studies teacher is empowering our city’s youth to exercise their most profound civic right: voting

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Guest Commentary: How To Keep Kids In School

A Boys’ Latin social worker on how boosting attendance in school means changing how we approach the problem

By Kenneth Bourne II

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2020: “You Can’t Be Afraid of the Mess”

After last year’s Ideas We Should Steal Festival, The Citizen awarded $50,000 to pilot a basketball-based gun violence reduction program in Philly. Its long journey has just begun.

By Jessica Blatt Press