Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 28th | Posted In Philadelphia

Nick Foles – Sports Media Kryptonite?


Nick Foles. Man. Myth?

On Friday, members of the Philadelphia Eagles alit at the NovaCare Complex to commence preparations for their 2014 NFL campaign. The Eagles begin their second year under the stewardship of head coach Chip Kelly and boast one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL. Returning to pilot the offense is Pro Bowl quarterback Nick Foles, who led the league in passer rating while tossing 27 touchdowns and throwing just two interceptions. Last season, the team overachieved to the tune of a 10-6 record, an NFC East Division title, and an unexpected playoff appearance. Despite the pressure of a stronger schedule and the burden of heightened hopes, the Eagles appear primed to continue their success and compete for the Super Bowl.

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July 18th | Posted In SOYP

15 Ways to Host an Awesome State of Young Philly Event

We want your State of Young Philly event to be the best it can be. Over the years, we’ve learned what does and doesn’t work for our members and we want to share what we know. Below you’ll find our top ways to make your event both successful and engaging. We hope these insights will get the gears turning and give you a better idea of the ways you can participate in SOYP.

Don’t forget the deadline to submit an event proposal is Thursday, July 31st and this year’s State of Young Philly will be held November 14th through 22nd.


Make sure to hold your event at a venue that fits your goals and size of expected audience. Ideally, the history and purpose of the venue itself ties into the themes of your event. This will also make it easier to partner with venues if missions are aligned. is a great resource for finding some new and unique locations around town.




Ensure that different viewpoints and backgrounds are represented at your event — age, race, gender, geographic, levels of experience, etc. Above is an example from our event on young entrepreneurship held in August 2013. Speaker bios and headshots can easily be compiled as a way to promote your event to your network and theirs.



In our experience, by charging a small fee of $5 or $10 you will ensure a much more solid commitment from attendees upfront and be able to put this revenue into covering costs — by either offering refreshments or something additional at the event that will draw folks in.



That said, free events are still an option — given that it is a good fit. They should be able to naturally draw in a large crowd or be attractive to a specific, niche audience. Above all, put yourself in the attendee’s shoes and think, “what is the real motive to come to this event?” Have questions? Email us at




Hashtags work very well for YIP events and our members use them to tag photos on Instagram and post updates on Twitter. These photos and comments can become great ways to look back on your event but more importantly serve as an avenue to continue the conversation after the event concludes and connect with the folks you didn’t get a chance to meet in person.



Many YIP members rely exclusively on SEPTA to get around, so take that into consideration when planning your event and make note of transit directions when you are advertising. It’s not a deal breaker, but definitely a major a plus.



By simply elevating your speakers onto platforms like the ones pictured here at the Citizens Planning Institute‘s event, you can immediately quiet the room (often a difficult task) and capture the attention of the attendees. Also, by inviting multiple people to speak and giving them brief amounts of time (5-7 minutes) you can cover more topics in just a few hours.



With a couple stacks of Post-Its and markers, ask one (or a few) questions and have attendees write down and post their answers on the wall. Think: What questions would you want to ask young people in Philadelphia? Gather the feedback, document it, and share it out.



Prepare an experience for attendees with a behind-the-scenes and hands-on look at your work, a local institution, or an overlooked part of Philadelphia. Walking tours can be either indoors or outdoors and are a way to have people experience a place first hand rather than simply talking about it. YIP members prefer to move around and roll up their sleeves over sitting and listening.





You can provide a way for everyone in the room to meet each other with a timed and structured speed networking session. Divide the room into two sections, put the time on the clock, and go. This format could also be used to brainstorm or discuss ideas around a certain issue of topic. It could also be used to introduce communities that may not have formed connections (i.e. generational, industry, neighborhood, transplant vs. locals, etc.)



We suggest adding in a networking and/or workshop component before or after a panel discussion. This photo is from a State of Young Philly 2013 event about the ways to develop your career and find employment in Philadelphia. After the event, attendees were invited to have their resumes reviewed by experts during a workshop.



Utilize an app like Poll Everywhere to pose a question to the audience and gauge live feedback on-site. With a projector you can share the results in real time.



No matter what format your event takes, consider your Twitter strategy. As mentioned above about hashtags, Twitter is an easy and simple way to amplify the message of your event. Post quotes, photos, and the handles of speakers, attendees and organizations so that even those not physically in the room can participate online. If you need something say during a transition point or a question for a speaker, read some interesting comments from Twitter users.



Maybe you don’t even need to have a venue for your event. Or maybe your keynote speaker can’t make it to Philadelphia for the only day that works for you… Think about creating a Google Hangout to host your discussion virtually. Folks can easily drop in and participate from anywhere and it’s cost effective. Bonus: you can easily record video of the Hangout and share it later.





A Twitter Chat is another virtual (and cost effective) option and possibly a way to bring in some national voices to your event. You’ll see the example above has all the trappings of an in-person gathering: a date, time, speakers, and discussion topic… but the venue is the hashtag and Twitter.

Now it’s up to you. Go forth and send us your idea for a State of Young Philly event.

July 15th | Posted In Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

Isn’t quizzo the greatest?  Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows who Isaiah Zagar is‡.

To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday. Answers after the jump.

This week’s trivia question: Last week, YIP had a meeting with the Committee of 70 to start planning some great events (make sure you’re getting – and reading – our newsletter, so you can find out what they are when we announce them!). The Committee of 70 is Philly’s storied, non-partisan government watchdog. It was established in 1904 for the explicit purpose of combatting corruption in Philadelphia. But what’s up with that name?  Why 70?

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July 14th | Posted In Citizenship, Politics

Project Case Study: The #YoungPHLVotes Social Media Campaign


A big part of our mission at YIP is to increase the number of young people who go to the polls.

As an all-volunteer organization, we have limited time and resources, so holding large scale events, rallies, or canvassing door-to-door was off the table for us. With the May 20th primary election fast approaching, we knew that we needed to do something to help get out the vote among our demographic. We thought about what we could do that would increase the awareness about the election itself, inspire people to get informed, and cast their ballot.

What we came up with was #YoungPHLVotes — a social media campaign that was focused on using the power of personal pledges to spread the message.

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July 8th | Posted In Education

Your Free Time: Worth A Fortune to the Less Fortunate


It’s a question that many young, involved Philadelphians ask themselves, week in and week out. Given that you’re reading this on the Young Involved Philadelphia blog, it’s safe to assume that you want to spend your free time in a fulfilling way that makes a positive impact in your community and on those who live here.

Thirty-seven out of every 100 Philadelphians under the age of 18 live in poverty. And poverty often means poorer outcomes for those held in its grasp – poorer language skills, chronic health problems, a lack of food and other basic resources, and neighborhood violence. Some studies estimate that at least 70 percent of children living in inner-city poverty have been exposed to trauma.

While there are plenty of great ways to try to help, I’m admittedly biased towards one in particular: becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. Devoting a few hours of your time every month can have a huge impact. Your free time can be priceless to a young person who needs a positive influence in his or her life—and give you a sense of emotional reward; this study quantifies the positive influence you can make as a “Big”.

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July 8th | Posted In Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

Isn’t quizzo the greatest?  Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows who designed Penn Center‡.

To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday. Answers after the jump.

This week’s trivia question: Even though his name is no longer on the company, this Philadelphia founded what we call JPMorgan Chase today – J.Pierpont was a junior partner, but after the Philadelphian’s death, Morgan dropped the elder partner’s name.

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July 7th | Posted In Philadelphia

The Dept. of Records Has Some Awesome Videos for Your Procrastination Needs


The Dept. of Records has a handful of videos on YouTube from the 60s and 70s that are absolute time vampires. Most are your standard, made-for-school film strips. My personal favorite is “Design for a City”.  Produced in 1963, the video is a fascinating peak at a time just before cities across America would see massive population declines.  Philadelphia, like most other north eastern cities, was primarily concerned about how to deal with surging populations and increased traffic from cars. Few realized that the rise of automobiles and the development of large highway systems would literally drive urban populations into the ‘burbs.

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July 7th | Posted In Philadelphia

INVISIBLE RIVER – The Intersection of Dance, Sustainability, and the Schuylkill River


As a young Philadelphian and a former YIP Board member, I love Philadelphia, and INVISIBLE RIVER encapsulates everything Philadelphia that I love. It is unique and home-grown, and it takes place in, on, and above the Schuylkill River. The show combines dance, art, boating, and love of sustainability in a celebration of the Schuylkill River. It will be performed twice this weekend, on Saturday & Sunday July 12th & 13th.

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July 2nd | Posted In Philadelphia

UPDATED: A Tropical Flavor for this Year’s PHS Pop Up Garden – Opening July 8!


The PHS Pop Up Garden has become synonymous with urban oasis. And this year’s design, location and menu will have an island-getaway ambiance in the middle of the city.

The fourth PHS Pop Up will transform a vacant lot at 1438-46 South Street into a beautiful gathering place featuring tropical drinks, beer and wine, a rotating array of food trucks, and Caribbean dishes served by the Jamaican Jerk Hut, the Pop Up’s next-door neighbor. The site, owned by Philadelphia music legend Kenny Gamble, will also feature live acoustic performances and other special programs and events.

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July 2nd | Posted In Nonprofit

It Just Got Easier to Start a Small Nonprofit

When people say “Nonprofit” they often mean “501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.”  That’s what YIP is and whom we mainly partner with, but I rely on the easier shorthand of “nonprofit”, too, despite my lingering anal retentive lawyerly ways. Read more

July 1st | Posted In Trivia

Trivia Tuesday!

Isn’t quizzo the greatest?  Whether you are a New Deck purist who spells it with just one ‘z’, or prefer to win “adult” toys at a round of Kinky Quizzo, you can’t help but to love the thrill of being the only person at your table who knows which state America’s other Philadelphia can be found‡.

To celebrate my love of quizzo (which is one of the reasons #whyilovephilly), I give you a Philly-focused trivia question every Tuesday.  Answers after the jump.

This week’s trivia question: USA takes on Belgium today at 3PM! YIP BELIEVES THAT WE WILL WIN! One of my favorite soccer players of all time is Edison Arantes do Nascimento, who is more commonly know as who?

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