Sep. 19, 2018 10:46 am

10 ways to get civically engaged at State of Young Philly 2018

Here are our picks for each day of Young Involved Philadelphia's annual volunteering and education series, which returns this year Oct. 11 through 20.

A Spring 2018 Young Involved Philadelphia April event.

(Photo via facebook.com/yiphilly; image has been cropped)

State of Young Philly is back, and with it comes 10 days of civic-focused events meant to encourage young Philadelphians to take hold of their collective future.

Organizer Young Involved Philadelphia is offering 24 events from Thursday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 20, and if you’re generally “young” and care about getting “involved,” there are a few you’ll want to check out.

See the full schedule

We recommend looking at all your options, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are our picks for every day of the week as a start:

Thursday, Oct. 11 — Civic Engagement Fair

  • “On opening night of SOYP, you will meet and greet many organizations representing the most innovative non-profit, governmental and advocacy groups in Philadelphia. Each participating organization will have representatives present to introduce you to their organization’s mission, tell you about their upcoming events, and recruit new volunteers and committee members.”

Friday, Oct. 12 — Education & Libation: Panel Discussion with Minds Matter Philly

  • “Join Minds Matter Philly for an engaging happy hour discussion on Philadelphia’s public schools. Enjoy a drink, some snacks, and a riveting panel conversation while networking with other young professionals. Panelists will include current Minds Matter students, volunteers, a local public school administrator, and a graduate-level research student.”

Saturday, Oct. 13 — Volunteering Untapped PHL with MANNA & The Spring Gardens

  • “We will be partnering with two great orgs and learning about the unique ways they serve the most basic of human needs — food. Afterwards join us at the #afterjawn for discussion and (as always) some food and beers at a local bar.”

Sunday, Oct. 14 — Building Resilience in Low-Income Youth through Yoga, Mindfulness & Mentoring

  • “Come enjoy a one-hour yoga session, followed by a presentation and discussion on building resilience in low-income youth through mentoring and mindfulness. This event will be presented by two local non-profit organizations providing critical youth mentoring services, The DREAM Program and Sheltered Yoga.”

Monday, Oct. 15 — How to Build a Socially and Environmentally Effective Business

  • “Learn how to carry your values into your business model with leaders from Vault + Vine, MilkCrate, Mio Culture, B Lab, United By Blue, during a panel discussion and Q+A. Network with entrepreneurs across industries who share a common goal: to use their business for good!”

Tuesday, Oct. 16 — Feeding People Through Advocacy

  • “On October 16th, World Food Day, CARE will be hosting a panel discussion with Representative Dwight Evans, Philabundance’s Director of Government Affairs Kate Scully, and one of CARE’s policy experts Mary Olive. We will cover food and nutrition both locally and abroad. Please join us to learn about foreign food policy, local food security, and how advocacy can make a difference with real world examples!”

Wednesday, Oct. 17 — Let’s Talk About Death, Baby: A Panel Discussion About All the Good Things AND the Bad Things

  • “We are here to discuss the topics no one talks about, and ask the questions no one is asking when your life is turned upside down from the loss of a loved one. Nothing is off limits.  We’re ready to be candid, and provide an honest, productive path forward in an otherwise dark and difficult journey.”

Thursday, Oct. 18 — Carving Change with Bethesda Project

  • “Carving Change is a fun-filled happy hour jack o’ lantern contest where all proceeds benefit the important work done by Bethesda Project, a Philadelphia nonprofit that has been working for individuals experiencing homelessness since 1979 by providing case management, shelter, and permanent housing.”

Friday, Oct. 19 — Woke AF Quizzo

  • “Got consent? Know your way around healthy relationships? Join YIP and Women In Transition for a multi-round quizzo to test your knowledge and acumen around healthy and unhealthy relationships, consent, and bystander intervention.”

Saturday, Oct. 20 — Sustainable Development Goals Pitch Night

  • Global Philadelphia Association’s ‘Sustainable Development Goals Pitch Night’ provides a fun and innovative platform for locals to identify a need in their city around 5 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and then creatively devise a project idea to address one of those goals, all while enjoying good company, delicious pizza, and cold beer!”

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