Getting Ready for MLK Day 2017!

Preparations for our annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service are in full swing!fullsizerender

Last week, YouthBuild Philly’s Community Project Coordinators traveled to Ziegler Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia to begin stenciling the murals that our students and volunteers will paint next Monday. We’re excited to report that Ziegler students are already looking forward to the new murals, and even helped with some of the stenciling!

Our project at Ziegler marks the 5th year that YouthBuild Philly students have spent their MLK Day repainting a Philadelphia public school. Our past projects have taken us to Longstreth Elementary, Morton ElementaryMcMichael Elementary, and Dr. Ethel D. Allen Promise Academy.

Education will be the focus of many MLK Day projects taking place throughout the region, as reported in The Philadelphia Tribune.  We are proud to join others in investing time and resources in local schools!

In addition to painting murals in the school hallways, our project volunteers will be creating care packages and blankets for shelter residents, and installing Solar Gard products in the school’s auditorium.

Volunteer slots for our project are full; however, anyone interested in volunteering on MLK Day can go to the Greater Philadelphia MLK Day of Service website to find other opportunities.

Photos: MLK Day at McMichael Elementary with Starbucks!

For the past two years, YouthBuild Philly staff and students have commemorated the legacy of Dr. King on MLK Day by repainting elementary schools (see 2013, 2014 posts).  Last Monday, we continued this tradition by repainting the hallways, stairways, gym and auditorium at McMichael Elementary in the Mantua section of the city.  In some of the school’s classrooms, volunteers also created blankets and care packages for Philadelphians in need.

For this year’s project we proudly partnered with local Starbucks locations, whose employees joined us at McMichael Elementary.  You’ll see them working hard in the photos below – they’re in the green shirts.  We’ve had volunteer days with Starbucks employees in the past, and every project generates new relationships and ideas.  We are grateful to them for helping us improve the McMichael facilities, and excited to continue working with them as a service and employment partner!

Fun and service in the sun!

Last month, YouthBuild Philly students in the IT & Business administration vocational track participated in the second annual Green Apple Day of Service by cleaning solar panels on top of the Crane Arts building in South Kensington, where our partners at Solar States are headquartered.

The 2013 Green Apple Day of Service featured 2,100 service projects in all 50 states and more than 30 countries.  We were proud to be part of this service movement aimed at creating  healthy, cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly learning environments.  (The view wasn’t too bad, either.)

If you’d like to see more photos from the Solar States array and learn about the solar knowledge and business class they’re piloting with YouthBuild’s ITBA track, click here!