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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!

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

April 24th | Posted In Ideasmiths, Nonprofit, Philadelphia

YIP Ideasmiths Podcast – Episode #002 – Katie Monroe of Women Bike PHL

Last month we introduced the YIP Ideasmiths Podcast, where we explore the stories of the young people behind some of your favorite projects, events, and organizations in the area. 

Women Bike PHL

Women Bike PHL

This month I had the chance to sit down with Katie Monroe, founder of Women Bike PHL, a program of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia working to encourage more women to bike. During the interview we discuss her 2012 research revealing the major gender gap in Philly’s bike culture, key changes that would make Philly a more bike-friendly city, and tips for anyone interested in biking more as a way to get around Philly. I need to thank Katie again for taking the time to meet with me, having led a ride for a related group, Gearing Up, just prior to our talk. Katie really lives and breaths her vision for a better Philly.

In her own words:

Katie Monroe

Katie Monroe

At this point when we think of the bike scene and the bike culture it’s people who really identify with their bikes for one reason or another… What I envision for Philly and for the US in general is a world where having a bike is like having a toaster. It’s just the best tool for the job. You don’t have to identify with a toaster or be a toaster person; you don’t have to be a bike person. You just ride your bike because that’s the easiest, cheapest, fastest, happiest way to get where you’re going.

Listen to the interview now by subscribing to the podcast in the iTunes store (no headphones while biking!).

For more info on Women Bike PHL and a calendar of events, visit While you’re at it, tab out your browser with Bicycle Coalition and Gearing Up.

Final notes and disclaimer: This is an experiment we’re trying – if you like it and want to hear more, let us know by subscribing, commenting, and rating on iTunes, and by sharing on Twitter and Facebook. If you don’t like it and don’t want to hear more, troll us unmercifully on reddit–we don’t usually look there. Honestly though, we want to hear those comments too. We’re a volunteer team, new to this podcasting game, and we want to get better at sharing these stories. And here’s the number one thing you can do: if you know a local young leader with a great story to tell, send us an email at We’ll be capturing these in both the podcast and in written posts.

April 20th | Posted In Nonprofit, Philadelphia

Arts Supporters urge City Government to #RestoreArtsFundingPHL


Approximately 0% of Penn students know this by its real name.

Philadelphia is often celebrated as one of the premier destinations for arts and culture in America. We boast world-class museums, countless festivals and wonderful performance arts. With all that the cultural sector contributes, I sometimes wonder what our city would be like without it. I know – it’s scary. What would the Parkway look like without the Art Museum (just don’t mention that Rocky statue), the Rodin and the Barnes? What would Philadelphians do on First Fridays if they couldn’t gallery hop? What would Claes Oldenburg do if we returned his Clothespin, Paintbrush, Three-Way Plug and Split Button? Sure, they’re ordinary household items, but something tells me he couldn’t fit them in his garage.

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March 11th | Posted In Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit

Fulfilling a #Dreamcup


It’s a classic question that has been used in a variety of situations, whether breaking the ice in a classroom, passing the time on a road trip, or filling the awkward silences of first dates: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

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January 29th | Posted In Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit

Coffee for a Cause


“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee, but an absolutely defining sense of self.”

I constantly have thought about this idea while in line at any coffee shop listening to orders ever since You’ve Got Mail (that early 90s movie featuring Tom Hanks, AOL, and Meg Ryan) came out on VHS: the idea that we identify and brand ourselves down to the very caffeinated beverages we consume and the places we purchase them from, drawing upon the brand’s identity and mission to make a statement about ourselves and what we care about in life.

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January 16th | Posted In Nonprofit, Philadelphia, Policy

There’s Mighty More Promise to Mantua Than Just a Zone


Driving down Lancaster Avenue in the midst of West Philadelphia, one cannot ignore the signs of neglect and decline in this historically underserved area. Buildings lay abandoned, windows hold shards of broken glass, and various amounts of trash, debris, and forgotten shoes line the sidewalks.  Yet, there is promise – not just the January 2014 federally appointed designation as a “Promise Zone,” but the promise of a brighter future, education, and level of community: a mighty promise for the children, teens, and families of West Philadelphia and Mantua.

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January 8th | Posted In Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit

No Need To Wait – Advice for New Nonprofits

Seed Philly

Seed Philly

This article on about Seed Philly finally getting 501(c)(3) status got me thinking about some common misconceptions about nonprofits, 501(c)(3)s and other tax-exempt organizations. Specifically, this part: “[Seed Philly CEO Brad Denenberg said] that the IRS was not responsive when it came to figuring out when the organization could expect official nonprofit status. And without that certainty, it is very difficult to even begin seeking funders, Denenberg said”. It kills me that Denenberg had trouble finding funders, because, if you understand a little nonprofit tax law, there was absolutely no reason to wait.   Read more

December 17th | Posted In Nonprofit

Eight Reasons A Nonprofit should Add Young Board Members

The NonProfit Times published an article yesterday that every non profit director and recruitment coordinator needs to read.  It’s a succinct list of eight reasons to add young board members.  As you might have guessed, we here at Young Involved Philadelphia tend to agree.  We’re more than just pretty, unwrinkled faces, after all.

Anyway, without further adieu, here are the benefits to putting some baby-faced go-getters on your board, according to  Mary Morten of the Morten Group:

  • An injection of energy that can help reinvigorate an organization.
  • The addition of fresh and creative ideas and a different perspective on most issues – and how to communicate that to a new audience.
  • A greater level of inclusion to ensure the organization is truly representative of variety community interest groups at both a formal and an informal level.
  • A bridge to the next generation of community leaders that helps ensure the future of the organization.
  • A greater level of flexibility and adaptability to make the most of new technologies and trends.
  • Creating a diversity of experience and skills and the ability to use new technologies to spread the organization’s message and its work.
  • Access to expertise on issues and challenges facing youth and the things that matter to them.
  • Access to new networks, which in turn can mean the organization will grow and gain increased community support.