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We have 18 Amazing #YoungPhillyLeads Finalists. Meet them on October 5.

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 In partnership with Forbes Under 30 Summit, YIP will be highlighting the people, projects, and organizations whose ideas and work are remaking Philadelphia.

This coming Monday, October 5, #YoungPhillyLeads Awards will recognize the young Philadelphians that have taken their #whyilovephilly game to the next level. Those people will have the opportunity to share how they are shaping, creating, and supporting their communities.

We are pleased to announce the group of finalists who will be recognized during the awards program.

#YoungPhillyLeads Finalists


  • Isaiah Thomas, Dir. Community Affairs, Office of Controller
  • Julie Wertheimer, Deputy Dir. for Policy, Programs & Admin, City of Phila.
  • Kellan White, Community Engagement & Special Events Manager,  Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown


Start-Up / Entrepreneurial 




Civic Engagement 




Join us next Monday, October 5 at the #YoungPhillyLeads Awards to hear from all of the finalists above on how they are moving Philly forward.

All finalists will address the audience by giving a short pitch as to why they deserve to win their respective category.  Each audience member will be able to vote in a live text poll to choose the winner in each category.  You helped us nominate, so now is your chance to help us pick the winners!

Tickets are $30 per person, ticket price includes beer, wine, and refreshments.  Discounted 10-packs of tickets are available for $250. Get Your Ticket Today!

September 22nd | Posted In Events, Millennial

#YoungPhillyLeads Awards: The Next Level of #whyilovephilly: Tell us WHO you love, Philly.


Calling all community builders, instigators, activists, connectors, leaders, rabble-rousers: we want to share your best ideas with the world in October.

In partnership with Forbes and the Under 30 Summit, Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) will be highlighting the people, projects, and organizations whose ideas and work are remaking Philadelphia. On October 5th, the #YoungPhillyLeads event we will be recognizing the young Philadelphians that have taken their #whyilovephilly game to the next level. Those people will have the opportunity to share how they are shaping, creating, and supporting their communities.

This is YIP’s official call to nominate the people behind those efforts! We are seeking nominations from the following communities; Education; Government; Startups; Not-for-Profits; Civic; and Media. At the event on October 5th, nominees will have the opportunity to share their work. The audience, through live polling, will then decide who takes home a #YoungPhillyLeads award.

So, take a deep breath and help us identify which of Philly’s individuals and organizations are taking the kind of action that moves their community (and Philadelphia) forward.

Click Here to Submit Your Nominations

When making your nomination, please share any relevant links, project descriptions, and reasons why you think your nominee should be considered worthy of being a Young Philly Leader. Please note that all nominations are anonymous.

**The deadline to submit nominations is September 28th, 2015**

February 17th | Posted In Events

A Guide to Thursday’s “Get Involved” Happy Hour – From a Philly Transplant

CIty Tap House Logan Square

In late 2013, I was a fresh Philly transplant from the sprawling suburbs of Detroit. I packed up and moved across the country for one main reason: an adventure. (I know: How cliché.) I always get the question “Why Philly? What’s so great about cheesesteaks anyway?” I didn’t move here for the cheesesteaks (although I’m sure people do and that’s cool too). The city drew me in – the culture, the history, the personality, and being a big city while still feeling homey. Folks keep it real and truly care about their city and it’s refreshing.

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June 12th | Posted In Events, Philadelphia

Après moi, le déluge de Tastykake – Bastille Day at Eastern State

Bastille Day 2011 Eastern State Penitentiary 536 copy

Who doesn’t love to eat butterscotch krimpets, drink beer, and watch men in drag? (Ed. note: No one I ever want to meet, that’s who.) On Saturday, July 12th, Eastern State Penitentiary will bring the French Revolution to life for its 20th annual Bastille Day festival, where spectacle goers will have a laugh, snag some free Tastykakes from the sky, and enjoy a night on Fairmount Avenue at one of the largest free theatrical events in Philadelphia. The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret troupe, will retell the storming of the Bastille through song and dance (and with the help of a rather realistic guillotine). The performance will feature familiar faces such as Napoleon, Joan of Arc, a 6-foot-tall French Baguette, and Philadelphia’s own noted Francophile, Benjamin Franklin. But perhaps the character that will bring the most applause is Marie Antoinette, played by Terry McNally, co-owner of London Grill and Paris Wine Bar. (Pro Tip: Be on the lookout when she cries, “Let them eat Tastykake!” It’s every man for himself when more than 2,000 Tastykakes are flung from the prison’s towers!)

Après-beheading, Fairmount restaurants will feature French-themed entertainment as well as food and drink specials, and the penitentiary will reopen for rare twilight tours. Twilight tour admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and kids (ages 7-12).

The performance begins at 5:30 pm in front of Est Pénitencier de l’État, at 22nd and Fairmount. Did we mention this event is free and open to members of the Third Estate (i.e. the public)? For more information, visit the Bastille Day website.

About the Bearded Ladies

Bearded Ladies Cabaret is a troupe of artists who insist that art can be both intellectual and accessible, entertaining and meaningful, stupid good and just plain stupid. They fuse cabaret and theater to tackle the politics of gender, identity, and artistic invention with sparkle and wit. Bearded Ladies are always live, always smart, and never quite what you expect. Bearded Ladies are currently the cabaret company in residence at The Wilma Theater. Shows include No Regrets: A Piaf Affair, Wide Awake: A Civil War Cabaret, Beards Are For Shaving: A 007 Cabaret, and Marlene and the Machine.

About Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The penitentiary is open seven days a week, year round. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children ages 7-12. (Not recommended for children under the age of seven.) Tickets are available online at or at the door, subject to availability. Admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi; Hands-On History interactive experiences; history exhibits; and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations.

Carly Harris is a Marketing & PR Intern at Eastern State Penitentiary, a Penn State Student and a full-on Francophile. She tweets @CarlyHarrisPSU.



January 22nd | Posted In Events, Politics, Programs, YIP

A Cynic’s Conversion

This past weekend, I was holed up in a room with the rest of Young Involved Philadelphia’s new Board of Directors for a two-day long meeting and strategy session.  We had every right to be burned out on all things youthful, Philly or involving involvement.  But the Board, including a usually pessimistic me, emerged from that never-ending meeting feeling more energized than a drum-playing bunny.

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December 21st | Posted In Events

Dashing Through the Snow with YIP Running Club

Iceskating at Winterfest

Iceskating at Winterfest

Started just this year, the YIP Running Club isn’t your run-of-the-mill running club.

Like a lot of other running clubs, the we meet monthly for a 2-5 mile jog.  But what separates the YIPRC (FACT: millennials love acronyms) from the rest of the pack is what happens at the end of runs: an exploration what makes Philly so great.  We’ve asked Sean Agnew how we went from putting on a few DIY punk shows to being co-owner of Philly’s best venues.  We’ve toured an abandoned rail line that is becoming an amazing park.  And later this month, we’re getting a tour of Waterfront Winterfest, Philly’s popup iceskating rink at Penn’s Landing.

So, without further adieu, here’s a bit more info about Waterfront Winterfest.  Consider it a pre-run warm up.


YIP Run to Waterfront Winterfest 
When: December 30, 6:30PM
Where: Meet at Philly Runner (1601 Sansom), then run to Penn’s Landing (take either the 2 mile and 4 mile route)
Why: Tour of Winterfest, the popup ice skating rink at Penn’s Landing, followed with drinks and socializing at the Lodge

December 11th | Posted In Events, SOYP

Why YIP? Why SOYP?

A lot of people ask us “So what does YIP guys do?  What are you guys about?”  Almost as many ask us what SOYP is, and after we tell them, they go “OK, what is State of Young Philly, then”?  

Well, rather than tell you myself, I’ll let Mike Kaiser, our events chair, tell you in this wonderfully produced video courtesy of our friends at Ticketleap.

To quote Mike, “Some people think young people aren’t involved or invested in their communities; when you come to a Young Involved Philadelphia event, you really see a completely different picture.”

Philadelphia has its challenges.  Together, we can face them and overcome them.

That’s what YIP is about.