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Thursday, January 7, 2016


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Fiscal Spotlight

Hellen Ndungu, Senior Accountant

Hellen has been a part of the UAC Family going on 6 years. An alumna of West Chester University and former accountant at Chester County Community Foundation in West Chester, Hellen is a Senior Accountant at UAC providing grant management services for Program Partners who are primarily funded by Philadelphia’s AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO). Hellen works closely with Program Partners, assisting with proposals, reviewing budgets and processing contracts. She also processes payroll and accounts payable, completes billing and invoicing procedures, and prepares monthly financial statements. Mostly, Hellen is a vital and cherished addition to UAC because her work helps to strengthen the relationships and partnerships with our Programs everyday.

Hellen became a mother to a beautiful baby girl in July 2015! She enjoys spending time with family, taking long walks, playing and taking selfies with her daughter. When asked about her daughter, Hellen says, “she is very curious and is discovering a lot of new things. She’s growing too fast!”

Funding Opportunity

Health and Science Innovation Challenge

AstraZeneca's first annual Health and Science Innovation Challenge is looking for programs that address today's most pressing health challenges by innovating on traditional approaches and equipping the next generation to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers. AstraZeneca is accepting applications from U.S. based nonprofits to receive up to $25,000 in funding for innovative ideas. Programs selected for funding will present a new approach, tool or technology to help solve a health challenge or build knowledge and skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math among K-12 or undergraduate students.

Applications open on Monday Jan. 4, 2016 at  9 a.m. ET
Applications close on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET

For more information and to access the online application, visit the online application center.

Partner Announcements

Global Citizen
21st Annual Martin Luther King Day Of Service

George Santayana, the 20th Century poet and philosopher said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” As we look back on 2015, and ahead in the new year, the challenges of race relations have been magnified by the killing of Black and Brown people, particularly young Black men in confrontations with police, like Walter Scott in North Charleston, Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Samuel Dubose in Cincinnati and Jamar Clark in Minneapolis. Many have become known through national media coverage and ensuing protests. Most are less known to the public.

Violence and killings across the nation raise continuing issues around racism and police-community relations. It also presents opportunities for asking hard questions, including, “What can an individual or group do to work for social justice?” 
Dr. King said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."

The 21st Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 18, 2016 presents an opportunity for individuals, families, and communities of all backgrounds and ages to join together in an effort to embrace Dr. King’s lasting legacy, inspiring us to work together towards justice on King Day and everyday.

Please join Global Citizen, UAC and more than 135,000 other active citizens throughout our region, and millions more across the nation, on Monday, January 18th by serving, learning, celebrating, mentoring, demonstrating, marching or countless other ways you can choose to turn community concerns into citizen action. 
To learn about volunteer opportunities throughout our region and to sign up visit

SHARP INSIGHT: Spread the word on Social Media

Calling all Barbers/Barbershops, YOACAP (Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program) has a new program partnering with barbers and barbershops throughout Philadelphia. The project, SHARP INSIGHT (SI), will train barbers on how to provide nonpartisan information to their customers about the importance of voting and volunteering in their communities. YOACAP is leading this effort with other partners like the Knight Foundation, iHeart Media, Little Giant, Upenn, Temple, Jon Gosier, Amped Strategies, and Donna Frisby-Greenwood. Barbers and barbershops who participate receive free promotional items, free promos for their barbershop and small stipends for the barbers themselves. Most importantly, barbers receive vital information to share with their customers to help with other issues.

Help Sharp Insight spread the word!
If you know a barber, please ask them to call 215.851.1968 to learn more about SI

Entrepreneur Works
Upcoming Workshops and Events

Seminar: Affordable Care Act for Businesses
January 9th, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires businesses to make many decisions regarding health care. This seminar is presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Eastern PA District. It is designed to help small business owners understand the basics of the law and what they should consider in making the best decisions for their business and their employees.The seminar will provide an overview of various options available. This program is free and no registration is required.

Philly VIP Small Business Legal Clinic
January 18th, 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Ballard Spahr, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Meet individually with a lawyer for free!  Ask an attorney about:
  • The right legal structure for your business (Sole Proprietor, Partnership, LLC, Corporation, etc.)
  • Trademarks and logos
  • Commercial leases
  • Employees and consultants
  • Contracts and other small business legal issues
Registration is required, visit here.

Small Business Tax Workshop
January 20th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central, 1901 Vine St. 4th Fl. Philadelphia, PA 19103

Calling all entrepreneurs to join us and learn:
  • How to plan and prepare for taxes
  • How record keeping minimizes your tax liability and preparation expenses
  • Important deduction/credits to note (also difference between deduction and credit)
  • And much more!
Presented by Fred Koelle, a CPA with 25+ years of experience with F.J. Koelle & Associates.

Register here.

Entrepreneur Works
Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Competition

Ten Fellows will be selected to participate in a three-day workshop in New York City hosted at the Tory Burch Headquarters. The competitive opportunity will include mentorship, keynote speakers and a chance to meet Tory. Fellows will participate in a pitch competition before a panel of judges to determine one winner for a grant investment of $100,000. The ten Fellows will then be a part of a one-year program that provides business guidance from the Tory Burch Foundation.

For more information and to apply by January 12, 2016, visit here.


Entrepreneur Works
The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator 

Become a Designer-in-Residence (DIR) for one year with The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy's Center City!  The program is currently accepting applications to provide 6 emerging Philadelphia based apparel and/or accessories designers with resources to launch and grow their own fashion businesses! 

DIR's will receive mentoring from the city's leading industry professionals in addition to feedback from the Macy's merchandising team.  Applications are due no later than January 15, 2016 to be considered for the program.  

Click here to Apply!

Global Citizen
Mission 365: Veterans in Service

​Mission 365 is dedicated to making 2016's Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service a meaningful day of veteran's service. Many local veterans-serving organization partners have already committed to doing community projects. Many others are joining Global Citizen at Girard College for the service day's signature site initiatives.
Veterans who want to get involved, or any veterans-serving organizations that may not have participated in the past, are encouraged to contact Chris Jimenez for more information at (215) 851-1813 or

Events & Announcements

DNCC and Google Partnership
Workshop Series to Help Local Businesses Become Searchable

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and Google have partnered to offer a "Get Your Business Online" Workshop Series, intended to help small businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area increase their online presence to attract potential consumers. The workshop series will help small business start and grow their online presence in time for the 50,000 visitors expected to attend the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

According to Google, 97% of Internet users look online for local products and services, but 56% of Pennsylvania small businesses do not have a website. These statistics make an online presence essential for small businesses and the 2016 Democratic National Convention, to be held in July at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center, presents a ripe opportunity for local businesses and the region's economy.

The workshop series will launch in January, for more information please sign up here.

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations
Nominations Open for 2016 Gala & Awards Ceremony

The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations is accepting award nominations for Community Development Corporations (CDCs), individuals, or for yourself to be eligible to receive one (or more) of the following annual awards:   
  • Blue Ribbon Awards for Community Development Excellence, honoring small and large CDCs for either a program or real estate development project
  • Community Leader, recognizing outstanding volunteer leadership
  • Rising Star, spotlighting community development staff under 40 from CDC and Associate Member organizations (non-profit and for-profit).
The deadline for all nominations is 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 15th 2016.

Find the Blue Ribbon Award nomination form here.
Find the Community Leader Award nomination form here.
Find the Rising Star Award nomination form here.

Winners will be recognized at PACDC's 2016 Gala and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, April 21st, 5:30 p.m. at WHYY and in related materials.

For more information contact Pamela Bridgeforth, Director of Programs, at (215) 732-5829, Ext. 101 or

Drexel University: LeBow College of Business
"I Dream A City Teach In"

Come be part of Drexel University’s leadership & entrepreneurial movement to improve Philadelphia as it strives to bring together strong leaders, on every level, to address the pernicious impact of poverty.

The “I Dream A City Teach In," presented by The Leading for Change Fellowship at the LeBow College of Business's Institute for Strategic Leadership, will host a 6-hour diverse discussion on leadership, entrepreneurship and poverty, race and well-being. Keynote speakers, forums and discussion questions will offer participants the chance to interact with local experts and leaders to get first hand insights into the latest issues on matters related to leadership, poverty, race and well-being in Philadelphia in order to end financial disparities in the City of Brotherly Love.

Date:  Saturday, January 16, 2016
Address:  The Enterprise Center, 4548 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19139
  • 8:00 am -- On-site Registration/Networking Breakfast
  • 9:00 am -- Sessions Begin
  • 3:30 pm --  End of Day
  • Lunch is provided
To RSVP for the event email Ms. Perrie Prince here.
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
Work and Spirit Speaker Series 

Join business leaders for a day long retreat on Friday January 22, 2016 from 9:30 am-3:30pm for Leading with Courage and Heart - A Day of Reflection for Leaders in Business & the Professions.  Stimulated by the insights from Dr. Karol Wasylyshyn, one of America's preeminent executive coaches and moderated by Dr. Marisa Guerin, UAC Board member, experienced executive and consultant. This retreat is the latest offering in Cranaleith's highly-regarded Work and Spirit series. Hosted at the Cranaleith Conference Center in the Somerton section of Philadelphia the mini-retreat is designed  with thought-provoking input and discussion on the ways that the most effective leaders tap into their deepest values and live them with courage and authenticity. The session includes time for personal journaling, as well as a delicious and healthful lunch.

The cost of the retreat is $150. Register by email at or phone 215-934-6206 
Greater Philadelphia Chamber Of Commerce
Start the New Year at January Events

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of events in the new year:
  • Business After Hours networking event
  • Supplier Network Training, a one day training session
  • Gear Up for Growth, a connective Leadership afternoon session
  • And many more!

UAC Program Partners are eligible for member rates. For more information and to register, visit here.
Philadelphia Youth Network
Professional Development

The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) would like to share the following resources and activities hosted by PYN's professional development partners, all of whom have facilitated stand-alone sessions on behalf of PYN and/or conducted Engage 2015 Conference workshops:
The Leadership Lab
The Lab is for people who want to explore new ways of leading in the world and who want to develop their own personal capacity to lead in their lives, their careers and their communities. Join other professionals, artists, community advocates and life-long-learners to:
  • Develop skills for a new style of leadership
  • Deepen and widen your professional networks
  • Connect to a community of other people working together to achieve their personal and professional goals
  • Create and implement your own leadership plan to grow yourself, personally and professionally
The Lab is not about the role you may currently play in your organization. You do not have to be a manager or supervisor or in a formal leadership role to participate. If you register at the same time with a colleague or friend, you can both save $50!

Registration is now open, deadline for registration is January 27, 2016. For more information visit here.

Pedalogical: Workshops and Groups
Pedalogical offers developmental coaching, performance-based coaching, and consulting to help clients realize what truly matters to them, identify habits of thought that cloud their vision and obstruct possible new perspectives. Pedalogical offers a variety of workshops for individuals, groups, and organizations, including:
  • Less Busy, More Engaged: Audit the ways in which you spend your time! Create a schedule and calendar more aligned with your true priories so you can feel less harried and more connected to your energy, purpose and efficiency. 
  • Personal Strategic Planning: Explore what really matters to you and how to organize your life around these values. You will walk out with a sense of clarity around your priorities as well as some clear actions to help you take steps closer to your purpose and goals.
For more information and to sign up, visit the Pedalogical website.

Additional Resources
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
January Webinar: Monthly Seminar Series

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation offers free monthly seminars to help connect nonprofit leaders with the tools needed to drive economic and social impact. These presentations bring the knowledge and experience of a range of partners to a broad audience across the country. It's part of their ongoing efforts to create meaningful connections in the communities they serve.

January Webinar:  Making Talent Management Part of the Business Strategy: Creating a Sustainable Pipeline of High-Potentials

Presenter:  Irena Djordjevic-Behery, Vice President, Talent Management, United Way Worldwide

Summary: The importance of quality leadership is essential for organizational performance and success. The world is changing rapidly, and leaders must innovate, adapt and always be prepared to address the needs of our communities.  Creating opportunities for individuals, who are passionate about United Way's mission, are looking to be part of an organization with a worldwide impact and looking to grow into leadership roles, is the underlying premise of the United Way Talent Management Strategy.

Key Topics:
  • United Way's Talent Management Strategy 2020 vision and framework and "LEAD program, featuring program's purpose, process and results.
  • How creativity and a strong network matters in talent management.
  • Challenges, opportunities and successes in managing a leadership pipeline in a decentralized organization.
  • Leadership pipeline programs for CEOs, senior leaders and mid-career professionals
Date: Thursday, January 28th (2016) at 2 p.m. (Eastern).  One hour presentation.

To learn more and register for this and other webinars in the series, visit here.

Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal
Special Edition and CDC Forum

The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations and Wells Fargo Regional Foundation will present a special edition and forum of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, entitled Launching Social Innovations and Creating Sustaining Community Impact in Neighborhoods, Friday, January 29th from 8:30AM- 12:00 NOON, at the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC).

The special edition and launch event will examine the challenges in Philadelphia's neighborhoods and the roles that community development plays in stimulating social innovation at the neighborhood level, developing supportive policies, creating non-traditional partnerships, and forging creative solutions to make neighborhoods, Philadelphia and the region stronger.

For more information and to register, visit here.

Public Health Management Corporation
The WorkForce Institute and City College

The Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) would like to share information regarding resources in the community,The WorkForce Institute and its career college, City College.
Founded in 1974, The Workforce Institute (WFI) provides job readiness training, industry specific certifications and post-secondary education to those with limited resources, empowering them to pursue dynamic careers in the growing fields of technology and healthcare. Find more information about WFI here.
Founded by WFI in 1997, City College is an affordable nonprofit college, centrally located at 100 South Broad Street. City College provides a supportive learning environment and personalized attention to prepare its students for family-sustaining careers and economic independence. City College offers:
  • Three in-demand associate degrees in Information Technology (IT)  
  • A popular diploma in Health Information Technology (HIT) which includes certifications in Medical Office Assistant and Insurance Billing and Coding. 
  • A Fast, Flexible, Supportive, Affordable, Competitive, Effective education
City College graduates successfully transition into IT and HIT careers with competitive starting salaries and the skills gained translate into several career paths.
For more information about City College offerings or to schedule a visit, text CITY4ME to 77948, call us at 844-MYCITYNOW, or visit their website.
Philadelphia Youth Network
Capture Greatness! and Scholarship Success Workshops

Capture Greatness! and the Scholarship Success Workshops are two community resources and PYN partners who work toward students' success in education and in life:

Capture Greatness!
Do you need support with helping your students secure scholarship money to pay for college? Capture Greatness! is a college prep initiative designed to level the playing field for first-generation college goers and students from low-income households. In the past two years, Capture Greatness! participants have secured more than $1,000,000 in scholarships, including three Gates Millennium Scholars.
Below are a number of resources that they are offering to support your work and programs:

Scholarship Success Workshops
Getting accepted is only half the battle. Arm your students with key tools and techniques to personalize any scholarship prompt for the winning advantage.
To book a workshop, email Melissa.

At the Urban Affairs Coalition, we are dedicated to attracting, recruiting, and retaining the best talent to meet our business objectives and fulfill our mission. Help us build a stronger community and become part of our team of highly skilled and committed staff.

Beyond the listings on the UAC Website, we have Resources that can help you find and secure employment. The Urban Affairs Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click here to find a job!

UAC Program Partners

Achieving Reunification Center
AIDS Policy Project
Amerihealth Caritas Partnership
Be The Change PHL
Black Writers Museum

Broad Street Run
Campaign for Working Families
Celebration of Moxie Women
Center for H.O.P.E.
Community & Economic Development (CED)
Destined for a Dream Foundation
Ebony Johnson Scholarship Fund
Economic Development Projects (EDP)
Entrepreneur Works
Explorers Sans Frontières
Fresh Visions Youth Theatre

Global Citizen/MLK365
Grand Central
Makom Community
Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia
Haitian Relief Fund

Institute for Southeast Asian Archaeology
Neighborhood United Against Drugs (NUAD)

Nu Sigma Youth Services
One Day At A Time (ODAAT)
Parents United for Public Education
Parkside Association of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network (PAAN)
Philadelphia Ballhawks

Philadelphia Black Public Relations Society
Philly Youth Poetry Movement

Preventing HIV Project
Raise of Hope
Stars Within Reach
Summer WorkReady Youth Employment Programs
Thanksgiving Basket Program
Trudy Haynes Foundation
West Philadelphia High School Class of ’66 Scholarship Reunion Committee
West Philly Tool Lending Library
X-Offenders for Community Empowerment
Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program (YO-ACAP)

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