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Do Something: Wear Teal This April

This week we kick off sexual assault awareness month with WOAR, learn about earning degrees behind bars, and kick off our spring cleaning efforts

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips! Then, discover more evergreen ways to stay engaged in our handy Do Something guide.

Focus On Philly's Health

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National Public Health Week, an initiative of the American Public Health Organization, kicks off Monday. This initiative was set up to highlight different contributions to Public Health on a national level while sparking new ideas about how to improve public health in the country. In Philadelphia, you can be a part of this conversation and join The College of Physicians in Philadelphia for their 5th Annual Public Health Day Symposium, as they discuss different health programs in local hospitals, universities, and community groups. There’ll be different speakers with various presentations on program design and implementation, and audience members will have the opportunity to join the conversation. Click here to register for the free event and here for more information on how to get involved on a larger scale. Breakfast will be served. Monday, April 2, 8 am-12 pm, Free, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S 22nd St.

Explore College Behind Bars

Kate Maloney, the director of the Villanova Graterford Program will lead a discussion called The Searchlight Series: College Behind Bars in an Era of Mass Incarceration”. The Villanova Graterford Program works to give male inmates at the State Correctional Institute the opportunity to receive a Villanova undergraduate BA or AA degree. Be part of the discourse around mass incarceration and learn more about the challenges and benefits of providing education to incarcerated individuals. This event requires no prior reservation and there’ll be a short reception after the talk. Tuesday, April 3, 6 pm-7 pm, Free, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave

Returning Citizen? Gain Leadership Skills

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Are you a returning citizen or know one? Consider attending this event by The People’s Paper Co-op, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, called The Reentry Think Tank. The Reentry Think Tank is a series of leadership training events in Philadelphia connecting returning citizens with artists and activists and helps them with skills and networking opportunities to become better leaders in their communities. Designed for returning citizens by returning citizens, this second installment of the ongoing series will highlight public speaking and is led by activist and poet, Jacob Winterstein. Can’t make it to this event,? No worries! Visit here for more dates in the future. Wednesday, April 4, 2 pm-4 pm, Free, Philadelphia Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard, 16th Floor

Wear Teal For Sexual Violence

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and many individuals, organizations, and groups across the city are organizing events to raise awareness around sexual violence. Be a part of this and join Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), a Philadelphia based non-profit organization fighting against sexual violence, and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, as they hold a press conference to raise sexual violence awareness. Support their mission by helping them raise awareness about this issue and wear teal, the chosen sexual assault awareness color. Speakers at the press conference will be announced soon. Meanwhile, register hereThursday, April 5, 12 pm-2 pm, Free, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Learn About Housing Resources

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and the Peer Culture and Community Inclusion Unit will be hosting a series on home-ownership. Come learn about different housing and home-ownership resources. The sessions will include shelter/sanctuary services, ex-offender reentry programs, low-income and veteran housing, first-time home buying, and support with credit repair and tenant rights. If you would like to learn about these topics, click here to register. Friday, April 6, 12 pm-3 pm, Free, Philadelphia Recovery Community Center, 1701 W Lehigh Ave Ste 6

Clean Up Your Street

Spring is upon us and that means it’s time to dust off the cobwebs. The City of Philadelphia Streets Department is hosting this year’s 11th annual Philly Spring Clean-Up. To find out a cleaning spot near you, visit here to register for the event and get more information about cleaning tools and how to become a volunteer in your neighborhood. Saturday, April 7, 8 am-8 pm, Free, throughout Philadelphia 

 

Celebrate Autism Awareness Day

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Join the Philadelphia Zoo for a fun filled, inclusive day celebrating Autism Awareness alongside the Great Philadelphia Autism Society. There will be sensory stations and craft areas, free giveaways, an Autism awareness expo, advocacy area, and more! Get your tickets here and bring the family. Sunday, April 8, 10:30 am-4 pm, Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard Avenue

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