Citizen of the Week: Mithsaika Napoleon

The Haiti-born soccer player and coach found her voice through Starfinder, a free Philly program that teaches kids how to play the beautiful game — and how to live a beautiful life

By Kai Englisch

How to Fight Food Insecurity in Philly

Donate peanut butter! Organize a food drive! Sort cans! Here are 15 simple things you can do now to help food insecure citizens of Philadelphia.

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Security Deposit Alternatives

Philly rents rose 6 percent during the pandemic, making security deposits even harder for new tenants. A Cincinnati law is applying private market disruption to the problem. Should we do that here too?

By Jill Harkins

Ideas We Should Steal: Fix Poverty by Giving Cash to the Poor

Organizations like Give Directly take money from donors and give it directly to the poor. Statistics say that's the best way to do it.

By Saurav Upadhyay

Want a Job? Get a Job.

Since The Citizen wrote about First Step Staffing in 2018, the nonprofit has placed thousands of vulnerable Philadelphians in entry level jobs around the region. Now, it’s launching Second Step to create even better opportunities for all.

By Courtney DuChene

Generation Change Philly: The Intergenerational Poverty Buster

The first in our new series spotlighting Philly change agents is Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, president/CEO of Philadelphia Youth Network, which prepares our city’s young people for lives beyond poverty

By Jessica Blatt Press

More Than Just A Check

Social Venture Partners is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in local nonprofits that fight poverty. But it’s their “engaged philanthropy” that really sets them apart.

By Courtney DuChene

Citizens of the Week: Tim Thornton and Sandeep Banga

The local tech execs are using Salesforce training to help bring a group of West Philadelphians out of poverty. Next up: Jobs

By Jessica Blatt Press