DIRECTIONS Spring 2011

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The Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC) brings together a group of neighborhood-based organizations dedicated to providing educational, safe, fun and inspiring learning and social environments for youth ages 12 to 18.


Last year, PHMC affiliate Joseph J. Peters Institute celebrated 55 trailblazing years of protecting children against the devastating results of sexual abuse. At Protecting Children 2010, its event held in December, JJPI highlighted organizational accomplishments and the dedicated work of outgoing board chair Paul J. Fink, MD. Protecting children is at the core of everything JJPI does.

“Healthy foods are not available in many neighborhoods,” a young female voice says as an image of a distressed Philadelphia neighborhood flashes on the screen, followed by another with shelves full of potato chips, candy and soda. “Corner stores put junk food in the front so it’s in plain sight,” the girl continues.

PHMC affiliate Resources for Children’s Health (RCH) held its annual gala, Strengthen a Child’s Tomorrow Today, on November 7.

On March 29, 2011, PHMC took part in the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child literacy program, a statewide campaign to highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages three to six through a single, shared reading experience.