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
    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
    Pyramid Club 1735 Market St, PhiladelphiaPA 19103


  • 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.