Two weeks ago, PhillyRising helped coordinate SWAG Week.
The acronym stands for Students With A Goal and is supported by PhillyGoes2College, an initiative from the Mayor’s Office of Education Throughout the week, various events were held including an SAT practice exam followed by lunch with Mayor Nutter.
On Wednesday, SWAG Week sponsored a a city-wide service with the help of PhillyRising. For the service project, students volunteered at Philly Urban Creators’ urban farm in Northeast Philadelphia. They were responsible for clearing lots and mulching a farm that will house chickens and bees.
Philadelphia Urban Creators was founded in 2010 by a group of 75 Temple students after a service learning trip to New Orleans. As their website says, “together, they founded the Philadelphia Urban Creators (PUC), and have since been on a mission to unite communities and youth from throughout North Philly and the rest of the city to collectively devise sustainable local solutions to the global problems impacting our city.” PUC believes in grass root organizing, that sustainable communities must be formed from a top down approach.
The SWAG week volunteer event was an important project. These students volunteered during their high school spring break to improve in the 22nd police district, one of the most violent districts in the city. This shows responsibility; it shows innovation and growth. These are the kinds of projects that will keep #PhillyRising.
For more information on the PhillyGoes2College initiative, visit their website.