SERVE Philadelphia Professional Newsletter – May 2014

Friends in Philadelphia, Welcome to the May edition of the SERVE Philadelphia Professional Development Newsletter! The weather has finally made being outside an experience that doesn’t make you hate your life, and with that there are plenty of opportunities in this newsletter to spend time outside while growing professionally and serving in the city. While we only have one event that is specifically for networking, we believe that all events are opportunities to meet new people and develop your network. But perhaps you’re not interested in physical interaction with other human beings and prefer laying in bed with your laptop all weekend? That’s great, because we’ve got four different webinars below that will provide opportunities for personal and professional development that don’t even require you to leave your room and confront other humans. Aren’t we good to you? As always, please feel free to drop us a line or an opportunity and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or compliments.

VISTA Opportunity Spotlight:  SERVE Philadelphia is recruiting 2 individuals to be founding US 2020 VISTAs in Philadelphia. This is a unique opportunity to work on STEM mentorship initiatives across the city, build partnerships with different stakeholder organizations, and develop and pilot a STEM Mentoring Platform & Resource Center. Additionally, you’ll be part of the SERVE Philadelphia cohort of VISTAs serving in Philadelphia through the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (MOCEVS). Apply HERE. Now, onward to this month’s opportunities: Conferences, Sessions, and Workshops:

Webinars:

  • Reframing Public Defense Webinar – The third in a series of webinars which seek to help the court and public defense community enhance their competitiveness for local, state and federal funding, Reframing Public Defense will provide practical examples of how public defender offices have changed how they frame their work and built partnerships that enhance their effectiveness and improve justice system outcomes.
    When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Fundraising from America: Managing FundraisingDesigned for everyone involved with 501(c)(3) governance, management and fundraising, including board members, officers and development staff. This is also suitable for organisations wishing to learn the requirements and the benefits of a 501(c)(3) prior to obtaining a 501(c)(3) status.
    When: Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
  • The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy’s Online Mentor Training The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy will offer an online training for those interested in becoming a mentor for Philadelphia adult learners!  Mentors work with adults who are continuing their education and help with the challenges that learners run into along the way.
    When: Saturday, June 7th through June 21st
  • Show Me the Money: How to Fund Your Nonprofit Social Enterprise – This webinar is designed to help nonprofits identify funding options and resources to finance their social venture efforts. A panel of fundraising experts and practitioners will discuss the ins and outs of social venture fundraising, including:Types of funding available to nonprofit social enterprises; Major social enterprise funders and what they look for in making investments; Innovative approaches to social enterprise fundraising such as crowdfunding.
    When: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Networking Opportunities:

  • CreativeConnects® happy hour – “a free social event hosted by The BOSS Group for interactive, creative and marketing professionals. Come network with colleagues, meet new people, keep up with industry news and get leads on jobs and business opportunities.”
    When: Wednesday, May 14th 2014 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM
    Where: Field House, 1150 Filbert St, Philadelphia PA ,19107

Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Become a Tech Tutor! – “If you are you a tech-savvy individual looking to make a direct impact on our city’s adult learners, then volunteer 2-3 hours (per week) of your time to become a Tech Tutor!”
    When: Monday – Friday, 2-3 hours per week for six months
    Where: 1901 Vine Street, Ground Floor, Room 26, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Freedom 5K Run – Volunteers Needed! – “As volunteers you will help to direct participants along the course, hand out refreshments, register participants and so much more.”
    When: June 29th, 2014
    Where: 1 N Independence Mall W Philadelphia, PA, 19106
  • AmeriCorps Community Garden Launch Day Event – Join other AmeriCorps VISTAs in Philadelphia on an exciting new community garden project. We will be cleaning up a vacant lot and getting garden beds ready for planting on this day. Contact Dan Kelchner at  215-683-4174 to RSVP or request more information. When: Saturday May 31st
    Where: 3200 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA
  • Waste Watchers Leader/Volunteer – Volunteer with Waste Watchers at the Philly Cycling Classic on June 1st and join Philadelphia on its quest towards sustainability! Volunteers will help divert compostable and recyclable waste from going to the landfill. Submit your email address here to receive more information, or contact Hannah Chatterjee at 215-686-3495 or wastewatchersphl@gmail.com.
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SERVE Philadelphia Professional Development Newsletter – April 2014

Hello friends and service minded professionals!

We’ve got a great newsletter for you this month, with opportunities ranging from educational to social. We sincerely hope that in their midst, you will find at least a few things that pique your interest. We know that you guys are a hard working bunch who can use all the help you can get, so if you ever have an opportunity you would like to see featured on our newsletter, please don’t hesitate to submit them here.

Happy Friday and happy spring!

Conferences, Sessions, and Workshops:

  • Staying Power: Planning for your organization’s sustainability – The Finance Project trainers who are leading this session will introduce leaders of community based organizations to the theory, conceptual framework and comprehensive process for developing a sustainability plan. Participants in this workshop will receive a Sustainability Planning Workbook free of charge ($130 value) as well as ongoing access to a Finance Project coach.
    When: Wednesday April 16th, 2014 from 9:30AM to 4:00PM
    Where:  
    Philadelphia Youth Network Suite 304 714 Market Street 
    PhiladelphiaPA 19106
  • Leadership Development ProgramThe National Black MBA Association Philadelphia Chapter hosts Senior Vice President of TD Bank Marcello A. Brutti for a conversation on Leadership Development.
    When: April 23rd from 5:30PM to 8:30PM
    Where: Temple University 1515 Market Street – Room 222
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Entrepreneurial Skills Tech Workshop – TECH TOOLS FOR STARTUPS – “Join us as we go over some of the top tools for getting your startup up and running. We’ll go over tools for: Websites, Newsletters, Task Management, Presentations, and more. The presentation will provide an overview followed by time for everyone to ask questions or get help.”
    When: Tuesday April 22nd from 6:00PM to 7:00PM
    Where: Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship
    Gerri C. LeBow Hall 3220 Market Street – Suite 368 Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • 25th Anniversary PHENND Conference – The theme of this conference will be “Anchor Institutions – a Regional Approach.” The keynote speaker will be Lillian Kuri, Program Director for Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Development at the Cleveland Foundation, the oldest and one of the largest community foundations in the United States.
    When: Thursday, April 24th at 8:30AM through Friday, April 25th at 3:30PM.
    Where: University of Pennsylvania, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • TAG’s 5th Annual Education for Liberation Conference – “The conference will feature
    workshops, unit and lesson plans, projects, resources, and best practices for social justice education. This will be a space for educators to connect and exchange, learn from each other, and take new ideas back to their own classrooms.”
    When: Saturday, May 3rd, from 9:30AM to 3:00PM
    Where: Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School
    1023 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
  • Roundtable Discussion III: “Philly, Your Voices, Our City” – West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution invites Millennials to come out to discuss important issues in Philadelphia specific to the millennial generation. Free lunch!
    When: Saturday, April 19th, 11:30AM
    Where: Overbrook Arts Center, 6134 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151

Educational Opportunities 

  • Candidate Night: Ethics in Politics – This is a Voter Education Forum host by the Ethical Humanist Society to learn to about the candidates for the Primary Election to be held on May 20th.
    When: Thurday April 17th, 2014 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM
    Where: Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Public Speaking 101 – This class will discuss the correct posture, diction, voice, and other mechanics of public speaking as well as techniques for dealing with public speaking anxiety. Tickets are $22.09 for non-Pyramid Club members.
    When: Dates in April, May, and June
    Where: 
    Pyramid Club 1735 Market St, PhiladelphiaPA 19103

Webinars

  • Grantwriter as a Strategic Leader: Your Crucial Role – This webinar will discuss how to be a leader as a grantwriter, including: how to effectively strategize with staff before and after the grant reward, how to get the information you need, and how to make sure everyone is on the same page throughout the grant process
    When: Wednesday April 16 from 3:00PM to 4:00PM
  • Creating a Resource Development Plan – Join Emily Davis, author of Fundraising and the Next Generation and President of Emily Davis Consulting to learn: who to involve in the planning process; steps to take to assess your organization, and essential elements of any fundraising plan.
    When: Wednesday April 23rd from 3:00PM to 4:00PM
  • The Global Student’s Introduction to U.S. Law – “In this course, students will learn basic concepts and terminology about the U.S. legal system and about selected topics in the fields of constitutional law, criminal law, and contract law. A team of outstanding teachers and scholars from the University of Florida faculty introduces these subjects in an accessible and engaging format that incorporates examples from legal systems around the world, highlighting similarities to and differences from the U.S. system.”
    When: The next session begins on May 1st

Networking Opportunities

  • Young Involved Philadelphia’s (YIP) Get Involved Happy Hour – If you’ve never been to a YIP happy hour before then this is your chance! These bring out a crowd of great people. Online registration is $6.25 but tickets can be purchased at the door for $7.
    When: Wednesday, April 23rd from 5:30PM to 7:30PM
    Where: The Plough and the Stars, 123 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Teen Lounge Associate – “If you are an individual who loves working with youth and is looking to make an impact on their lives, The Houston Center Teen Lounge can utilize your skills. Currently, we are looking for adult volunteers interested in helping provide supportive supervision in the lounge during the weekday afternoon where staff is limited. The lounge has a variety of video games, a computer lab, art project supplies, movie collection and board games. Our youth would benefit from your service. Volunteers make a difference!”
    Where: 2029 S 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
  • Adult Literacy and GED Tutors – “Community Learning Center is a nonprofit adult literacy organization serving individuals from around the city who are learning to read, studying English, or preparing for the GED exams. Volunteer tutors help individuals or small groups of students once a week. Classes meet at one of several locations in Philadelphia, including 63rd and Vine and Broad and Lehigh. Most classes meet during the mornings or afternoons, Monday – Thursday.”

Today’s Meditation

People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Most of us might not have anything to sell, but it’s important to remember why we’re in service and not get lost in the weeds.

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SERVE Philadelphia Professional Development Newsletter – March 2014

Hello Fellow Service Minded Professionals!

March brings with it an abundance of professional development opportunities that we have painstakingly sifted through to provide you with the highest quality (and most affordable) of selections. Chief among them is the 1st SERVE Philadelphia Networking Happy Hour, to be hosted at Las Cazuelas Restaurant on Wednesday April 9th, 2014 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM.  Note that this event is BYOB so plan accordingly if you wish to drink (they will make you margaritas if you bring the liquor!). There will also be an appetizer menu designed specifically for this event! Otherwise, we hope you participate in some of the events we have included this month, and, as always, please feel free to submit your own with the opportunity submission form located at the bottom of the newsletter. Thanks for reading!


Conferences, Sessions, and Workshops:

  • NGL Professional Development Series: Communication Solutions & Leadership“This session will focus on developing communication solutions to facilitate leadership development and organizational effectiveness. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to network with other young professionals… Marilyn Nyman, Founder and CEO of the Nyman Group, will be facilitating this session.”
    When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 8:00 to 9:30 AM
    Where: Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, 1717 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Message & Advocacy Training (YPR-Philly & MHASP sponsored) – A free day long training in communication for effective advocacy: “This training is for young people (18-30 years old), and will teach attendees how to use their own stories and lived experiences when talking to the media and decision-makers. The first part of the training will help young people connect with their personal stories to develop effective messaging, which will allow them to advocate for policies and systems that will improve addiction recovery and mental health resources, and access to such. The second part of the training will be spent field training at the district offices of state legislators, and will focus on practicing the skills learned from the first part of the training.”
    When: Friday, March 21, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
    Where: PMHCC 123 S Broad Street 23rd Floor, Large Training Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19109
  • @OpenAccessPHL April 2014 PhillyTechWeek Convening – A free opportunity to hear from some key individuals in the Philly tech scene, including Donna Harris, angel investor and the co-founder of 1776 (a co-working community connecting the hottest startups in the world with the assets of Washington DC), Darlene Cavalier, founder of SciStarter & Science Cheerleader, Desiree Peterkin Bell, Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships and City Representative for the City of Philadelphia, and John Grady, President of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. This will be a fantastic networking opportunity!
    When: Monday, April 7, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    Where2401 Walnut St, Philadelphia PA 

Webinars

  • Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organizational Development – Learn what benefits to expect from an effective strategic planning process, how to approach the structure of a strategic planning process, how to get broad buy-in in any organization, and about tools to use for assessing your situation, engaging your constituencies, developing and effective plan, and implementing it.
    When: Wednesday March 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM
  • Nonprofit Brand Strategy: Expert Session – Engage in a one-on-one webinar and video chat which “offers nonprofits free, expert advice from a seasoned communication professional with a unique blend of philanthropic and private sector experience.”
    When: By appointment

Educational Opportunities

  • Breaking Down Walls: Mass Incarceration Meets the Academy – This free day-long event aims to foster dialogue and galvanize change by uniting community members, academics, advocates, service providers, and people impacted by the criminal justice system in discussion and resource sharing.
    When: Saturday, March 29 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    Where: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St, Harrison Auditorium
  • Crowdfunding Workshop – “At this workshop, participants will learn pros and cons of various crowdfunding platforms and tips for planning and implementing a successful crowdfunding campaign. This workshop is for folks who are considering launching a crowdfunding campaign or those who have launched an unsuccessful campaign in the past. All are welcome, space is finite — please RSVP to education@mariposa.coop. Free!”
    When: April 16 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
    Where: Mariposa Co-op, 4824 Baltimore Avenue
  • AmeriCorps Trainings put on by Vision Driven Consulting – For $15, you can participate in training sessions with titles like Sustainability Tools & Managing Transition, Life After AmeriCorps, and Strategic Planning and Opportunity Thinking.
    When: The third Tuesday of each month, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM

Networking Opportunities

  • 1st SERVE Philadelphia Networking Happy Hour – This BYOB Happy Hour event will feature a special appetizers menu exclusively for the event. Come in and network with other service-minded professionals in a great atmosphere. If you bring your own tequila, they’ll make you a margarita!
    When: Wednesday April 9th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM
    Where: Las Cazuelas Restaurant 426 W Girard Ave
  • Ladies Networking Happy Hour – “Join us for a relaxed happy hour environment 52 floors above the city. Free to attend, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, amazing networking, specialty cocktails.”
    When: Tuesday, March 18th 5:00PM to 7:00PM
    Where: Pyramid Club – 1735 Market St 52nd Floor

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Lead a Chess Club in Your Neighborhood – “ASAP is looking for volunteers to lead chess clubs for Philly students. ASAP aims to provide safe and supervised after school programming for youth in Philadelphia, and ASAP supports chess clubs in order to promote strategy and critical thinking skills through a fun and competitive game. ASAP’s minimum requirement for volunteers is one hour of your time per week for one “semester” (approximately twelve weeks).”
  • Walk+Run Against Hunger – “Join us for our annual Stroehmann Walk+Run Against Hunger, a fun-filled 5K event that raises much-needed funds for more than 100 food pantries, soup kitchens and hunger-relief agencies in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Together, these programs help hundreds of thousands of local families put food on their tables every day.”
    When: Saturday, April 12
    Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art

SERVE Philly Professional Development Newsletter – February 2014

Greetings from the SERVE Philly Professional Development Team!

We are happy to share the third installment of our monthly newsletter with you. Included in this newsletter is a great selection of professional development opportunities, the majority of which are free of charge! Whether you’re interested in marketing, grant writing, or interview prep, this newsletter has opportunities for everyone.

We would also like to highlight the VISTA Howl at the Moon Happy Hour this Thursday, February 20th from 5:00 to 8:00PM, which will be a great opportunity to network and socialize with Serve Philadelphia and PHENND VISTAs in the city. You’ll find more details below. As always, if you have a Professional Development opportunity you would like to share, please submit it below.

Stay warm!

Webinars:

Educational Opportunities: Conferences, Panel Discussions, Sessions & Workshops

  • Sparer Symposium 2014: Gender and Social Inequality – “covers global current topics in sexism and gender inequality from a legal/public interest perspective.”
    When: February 21, 2014  9AM-5PM
    Where: UPenn Law School, 3501 Sansom Street
  • Building an Audience of BFFs: How Nonprofits are Mastering Today’s Networking Tools – “improve how well your organization is using the ever-expanding range of online and mobile PR tools.”
    When: February 25, 2014  10:30AM-12PM
    Where:  1901 Vine Street Ground Floor
  • Philly Codefest – “a two-day coding competition to transform data into real world solutions.ʺ
    When: February 21-23
    Where: Drexel’s URBN Center, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia
  • LinkedIn for Job Seekers – ʺLearn how to unlock the potential of LinkedIn for your job search and uncover the hidden job market.ʺ
    When: GPCC Conference Center 200 S Broad St #700
    Where: February 26, 2014
  • Supercharge Your Marketing for 2014 – “A seminar from marketing professionals providing advice and insights into the field.”
    When: February 26, 2014
    Where: GPCC Conference Center 200 South Broad Street #700
  • Job Interview Coaching – Free one-on-one job interview coaching via Google’s Helpouts
    When: By appointment

Networking Opportunities:

  • VISTA Howl at the Moon Happy Hour – “Join the SERVEPhiladelphia and PHENND VISTA Corps for a fun night out to celebrate the accomplishments of VISTA alumni and make new connections with serving VISTAs.”
    When: Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Where: Howl at the Moon, 258 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Submit Your Own Opportunity! 

Do you or your organization have a professional development opportunity, volunteer opportunity, or resource that you would like to share with others on our newsletter?  If so, simply CLICK HERE and our talented team will evaluate how to best spread it with our readers. Our newsletters go out on the second Friday of each month, so plan accordingly!

SERVE Philly Professional Development Newsletter – January 2014

Happy New Year!

We’re excited to share with you our second monthly SERVE Philadelphia Professional Development Newsletter and our first of 2014!  This month we have added a new feature to our newsletter: the ability for our readers to submit opportunities! Simply scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and you’ll see a link where you or your organization can submit opportunities for the coming month.

This January, we will also be hosting our first SERVE Philadelphia Professional Development Opportunity. On January 30th from 12PM to 2PM you will be able to network with other service-minded individuals (including a bunch of SERVE Philly VISTAs!) at Dim Sum Garden. CLICK HERE to RSVP and find out more information. This will be the first of many opportunities for those with an inclination to serve within the greater Philadelphia area to work together and socialize.

Webinars:

Educational Opportunities: Conferences, Panel Discussions, Sessions & Workshops

  • Proposal Writing Basics – “Learn the basics of writing a proposal for your nonprofit organization.”
    When: January 14, 2014, 9:30AM to 11AM
    Where: Parkway Central Library, 2nd Floor, Regional Foundation Center (RFC), 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Turn the Tide: Workshop on language about abortion care – “Learn to become an effective communicator about abortion in today’s world – to help to ensure access to care, lift restrictions on abortion coverage and redirect people’s attention to respecting and supporting the decisions of others.”
    When: Thursday January 23, 2014, 12-2PM for professional advocates, lobbyists, and policy staff, 6-8PM for all supporters of abortion access
    Where:  Family Planning Council, 1700 Market Street, 15th floor, Suite 1575, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Community-Driven Research Day – Register by the 17th of January to learn about how researchers and community based health organizers can work together in conducting research to improve community health.
    When: Thursday, January 30 9:30AM-12:00PM
    Where: 3535 Market St, 16th Floor, Conference Room D
  • Introduction to Volunteer Recruitment and Management – Hosted by Porsche Holland, SERVE Philadelphia Team Leader
    When: Tuesday, February 11 5:30PM to 7:00PM
    Where: Municipal Services Building (Room Y)1401 John F Kennedy Blvd #11, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Volunteer Opportunities:

Networking Opportunities:

  • Young Professionals Across Philadelphia
    When: Wednesday, January 15th, 6:30PM
    Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • SERVE Philadelphia Networking Lunch Break – SERVE Philadelphia’s first self hosted networking event.
    When: Thursday, January 30th, 12PM – 2PM
    Where: Dim Sum Garden, 1020 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Cocktails For Equality: Social Justice Happy Hour – “Cocktails for Equality is an opportunity for young professionals to mix and mingle while learning more about the Anti-Defamation League’s work combating anti-Semitism, defending democratic ideals, and protecting civil rights for all.”
    When: January 30, 2014, 6:00PM
    Where: RAW: Sushi & Sake Lounge, 1225 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Resources & Tools:

Submit Your Own Opportunity! 

Do you or your organization have a professional development opportunity resource that you would like to share with others on our newsletter?  If so, simply CLICK HERE and our talented team will evaluate how to best spread it with our readers. Our newsletters go out on the second Friday of each month, so plan accordingly!

SERVE Philly Professional Development Newsletter – December 2013

Greetings!

Welcome to our inaugural SERVE Philadelphia Professional Development Newsletter. Our goal is to provide a steady source of high quality professional development opportunities for all those with a passion for service in the Philadelphia area.

Webinars

Educational Opportunities: Conferences, Panel Discussions, Sessions & Workshops

  • The Story Behind Business News
    When and Where: Monday, December 16th, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Temple University Center City Campus, 1515 Market Street Room 222, Philadelphia, PA 19102
    Event Description: “Powerful insights, thoughts and views from Publisher Philadelphia Business Journal, Lyn Kremer and Published Washington Business Journal, Alex Orfinger interviewed by Vice President of News NBC10 Philadelphia, Anzio Williams.”

Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Brighten the Holidays for Children and Teens Living in Poverty
    When and Where: Ongoing – at 410 N. 34th Street Philadelphia, PA 1910
    Event description“Help Philadelphians who are struggling to make ends meet enjoy the holidays by adopting a family (providing a gift for each family member), providing a holiday meal, or organizing a gift collection drive.” If interested, follow this link or contact Adam Safer at 215-222-3262 or volunteer@ysiphila.org.

Networking Opportunities

Resources & Tools

  • The Foundation Center – Extensive source of information on foundation and corporate giving, as well as other areas of interest to non-profits.
  • Council on Foundations – Offers online learning tools, an archive of webinars and a list of resources on grantmaking and foundation management.
  • Council of Nonprofits – Offers a list of resources on capacity building, nonprofit management and advocacy.
  • Free Management Library – Contains a collection of articles and resources on all aspects of non-profit operations – fundraising, evaluation, human resources, communications and much more.
  • npEngage – An interactive site listing articles and resources on all areas of nonprofit.