ANTI-VIOLENCE PARTNERSHIP OF PHILADELPHIA
Originally established as a support group for the surviving family members and friends of homicide victims, AVP now addresses the full cycle of violence, working to reduce the level of young violence in the Philadelphia area and to counsel children traumatized by violence, while continuing to provide vital services to family members of victims of homicide and other serious crimes. Student Anti-Violence Education program (SAVE) conducts lessons in conflict resolution, anger management and communication in Philadelphia schools through a 16-week age-appropriate curriculum, focusing on skills building, impulse control, self-esteem and motivation. Funds from the Flower Market will be used provide SAVE training in two high-need elementary schools in Philadelphia, enabling 80 children to participate in anti-violence education training. Learn more about the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia at www.avpphila.org
Begun in 2009 by writer and editor Tim Whitaker, this organization tackles literacy by improving Philadelphia youths’ writing skills. Their programs include a year-round after-school program in the Grays Ferry/Point Breeze area, as well as workshops in writing and SAT preparation for students from many neighborhoods. In addition, they have access to a gardening plot near their center, and each year publish an anthology related to this. Funds from the Flower Market would be used for expenses, including notebooks and journals, books and reading material, printing and copying, field trips and guest speaker travel, for 6 of the 30 workshops that the organization sponsors, each serving 12-20 children. Learn more about Mighty Writers at www.mightywriters.org.
PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (PATCH&S)
The Partnership Action Team for the Community, Home and School (PATCH&S) is composed of parents, high school students and staff at PA School for the Deaf, and was formed to strengthen students academically and enable parents to be the best possible advocates for their children. The school serves about 250 children and families in Philadelphia, its surrounding counties and South Jersey. Funds from the Flower Market would be used in part to send families to conferences and informational meetings as well as for the yearly Dad’s camping trip, the newly-formed Dad’s support group, and the Silent dinner where families turn off their voices for one night and use only signs and gestures. Learn more about Pennsylvania School for the Deaf at www.psd.org
and PATCH&S at www.psd.org/page.cfm?p=428
RUBYE’S KIDS, INCORPORATED
Founded by a chiropractor and his wife, Dr. Don and Roz Weiss, the organization preserves the memory and carries on the work of Dr. Weiss’ patient Rubye Caesar, who hosted holiday parties for disadvantaged children. The holiday party, described as a magical experience for the participants, takes place the 2nd Saturday in December at Girard College, accommodating 500 children from 13 elementary schools and 3 homeless shelters. In addition, the organization sponsors birthday parties in shelters, provides 400 backpacks/year to children in the shelters, stocks a school supply closet to replenish supplies mid-year, and operates 3 library/learning centers in shelters with plans for a 4th. Funds from the Flower Market would be used for all of the above-mentioned programs. Learn more about Rubye’s Kids at www.rubyeskids.org.