YIP Citizen’s Guide


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Political Involvement

City of Philadelphia Politics

Find your local elected officials 

City Council contact information

City Councilmembers on Twitter

Philadelphia Ward Leaders Contact Information

Map of Philadelphia City Council DistrictsPhiladelphia is divided into 10 Councilmanic districts and voters within each district elect one individual to represent them in the City of Philadelphia City Council. There are also seven “at-large” City Council members who are elected city-wide and represent the entire city. Each voter may vote for a maximum of five “at-large” City Council candidates. No more than five candidates may be elected for Council-at-large seats by any single party, ensuring that the majority party does not hold every seat in Council.

Philadelphia Wards and DivisionsPhiladelphia is divided into 66 wards, each of which is divided into from 10 to 50 divisions (each with its own polling place) – 1,686 in all. Party ward leaders (Democrats and Republicans) are elected by each party’s committee people.

State and Federal Politics

Important Election Dates

Frequently Asked Questions


Civic Engagement in Your Neighborhood

City Government on Twitter

CityMapsCityMaps is a City of Philadelphia tool that allows you to verify an address, answer questions about city services, provide basic property information, and general highlights of a specific area within Philadelphia.

Philadelphia NeighborhoodsPhiladelphia Neighborhoods, a publication of Temple University Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab, tells the stories of under-covered and underrepresented neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

Citizens Planning InstituteWant to understand city planning and help shape the future of your neighborhood? Become involved with the Citizens Planning Institute.

SERVE PhiladelphiaSERVE Philadelphia is dedicated to volunteering and civic engagement opportunities throughout Philadelphia, regardless of the neighborhood or location.

PhillyRising CollaborativeThe PhillyRising Collaborative targets neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia that are plagued by chronic crime and quality of life concerns, and establishes partnerships with community members to address these issues.

Community Partnership ProgramThe Community Partnership Program lends out tools and supplies to volunteers in community groups and residents engaged in cleaning and maintaining their neighborhoods.

Philly 311 Neighborhood Association LiaisonThe Philly 311 Neighborhood Association Liaison Program is dedicated to creating positive actions towards addressing neighborhood issues.

Vacant Lot ProgramThe vacant lot program addresses the issue of Philadelphia’s over 40,000 vacant lots in various neighborhoods.

Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee/StreetsThis committee and organization is dedicated to organized block cleanings and maintenance.

Town WatchTown Watch is an organization dedicated to the development and promotion of organized, law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs.

WalkSafePHL: WalkSafe coordinates a safe corridors program in multiple Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Mural ArtsMuralArts unites artists and communities throughout Philadelphia in collaborative art projects, transforming public spaces and revitalizing neighborhoods.

Creative PhiladelphiaCreative Philadelphia/PHL focuses on supporting the City’s thriving cultural and creative sectors throughout all neighborhoods in the City.

The Philadelphia Citizen’s Guides: The Philadelphia Citizen has created several one-stop shop guides to tackling issues in our community, including:

Neighborhood Associations

Philadelphia News – A collaboration between The Inquirer and The Daily News, offers a broad range of breaking stories and frequent updates on area news.

Plan Philly – A project of PennPraxis, PlanPhilly is dedicated to covering design, city planning and development in Philadelphia.

Newsworks – WHYY’s Newsworks extensively examines developments in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware that are left unturned by other sources.

Philadelphia City Paper – Chock full of arts and entertainment coverage, City Paper is your independent newspaper with a passion for things off-centered and on the fringe.

Philadelphia Weekly – Known for their opinion pages and tongue-in-cheek reporting style, Philly Weekly does a good job of producing stories on less-covered beats. Philly – Philly has stolen the show and secured itself as the ultimate purveyor of tech, data, and startup news for Philadelphia.

City of Philadelphia WordPress – Not the most aesthetically pleasing channel of news, but a must-read if you have an insatiable appetite for details regarding the City of Philadelphia’s media advisories, news articles, and alerts.

Philadelphia Magazine – Philadelphia Magazine presents an array of different topics with the same care and distinction as the next.

The Notebook – All things education, the Notebook is the source for Philadelphia Public School developments.

Hidden City Philadelphia – Hidden City Philadelphia offers tours of some of the coolest run down and historically awesome sites in Philadelphia and also keeps a killer daily blog. – Want to know what to do tonight?  Need date plans for the weekend?  Look no further.  Uwishunu is your one-stop-shop for all fun and interesting things going on in Philly – festivals, street fairs, art shows and more.

NextCity – NextCity is a Philly based national blog focusing on cities and the issues affecting them.

Passyunk Post – Passyunk Post is a hyper-local blog focused on all things South Philly.

Billy Penn – Billy Penn is a mobile-first platform designed to connect citizens to relevant news and information about Philadelphia, and to drive civic engagement via affinity groups and events.

The Philadelphia Citizen – The Philadelphia Citizen, a non-profit, non-partisan media organization has a dual mission: To provide deeply reported journalism that emphasizes solutions that can move our region forward, and to actively reignite citizenship in and around Philadelphia.

Al Día – Al Día News Media is a multi-platform news media organization showcasing the fullness of the Latinx experience in the United States.

Working in Philadelphia


Young Friends in Philadelphia

The best way to connect with a local nonprofit as a millennial is to join their Young Friends group.