State of Young Philly, the annual event series hosted by Young Involved Philadelphia, returns for its fourth year on Friday, October 25. Based on the success of prior years, Young Involved Philadelphia expects more than 1,000 participants over the course of the series, which consists of six events over eight days.
“State of Young Philly is an event series for young people, by young people – demonstrating to both ourselves and our elders that the future of this city is in good hands,” said Josh McNeil, President of Young Involved Philadelphia. “Young Philadelphians stand ready to take leadership in the city, to come together to put our energy and passion to work for the city we love.”
Fittingly, the series kicks off with words from State Rep. Brian Sims, whose first year in Harrisburg clearly demonstrates the ability and passion that younger generations can bring to important issues. Based on the initial response to the event series, Sims’s commitment to Philly represents a growing trend in Philadelphia’s young population. “In the first 48 hours since the tickets went live, more than 150 people signed up to take part in our Opening Reception,” says McNeil.
McNeil says State of Young Philly in 2013 is about knowledge and skill building in addition to creating lasting connections among attendees and partnering organizations.
Events during the series include everything from lightning talks on politics and policy, to environmental action, to a resume workshop in partnership with Campus Philly. The week will culminate with a Civic Engagement (un)Conference, featuring content crowd-sourced within three different areas – Personal Growth, Professional Development, or Civic Change.
The lineup of events for State of Young Philly 2013 is as follows:
Opening Reception and Civic Engagement Fair
Friday, October 25 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. | National Museum of American Jewish History
State of Young Philly kicks off with a high-energy event exposing participants to the work of 30 innovative non-profit, governmental, and advocacy groups working on education, sustainability, equal rights, public services, and other vital issues.
Navigate Philly: Lightning Talks on Politics, Policy, and Beer
Monday, October 28 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | National Mechanics
Fascinated by the 2015 Mayoral Race? Curious about the state of our schools? Want to tap into Philly’s growing beer culture? Join Young Involved Philadelphia for a drink and an education delivered to you in quick 5-minute segments from some of our city’s most dynamic leaders.
Trash Talk: Recycling, Composting and Disposing in Philly
Tuesday, October 29 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | WHYY
Join Young Involved Philadelphia and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful to become part of the solution as the City of Philadelphia, private industry, and nonprofits work together to move the city to more sustainable waste disposal.
Get Hired: Insider Tips from HR Professionals, Networking, and Resume Workshop
Wednesday, October 30 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Benjamin’s Desk
Finding a job in Philadelphia is tough- jobs are scarce and the competition is qualified. Get Hired, brought to you by Campus Philly and Young Involved Philadelphia, will help participants navigate the employment landscape and hone resume and interview skills so they can land that next opportunity, grow, and thrive in Philadelphia. Philly employers will offer one-on-one resume advice to the first 50 attendees to register.
Welcome to Philly Happy Hour
Thursday, October 31 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Pennsylvania 6
New to Philly? Want to get more engaged in your community? Join Young Involved Philadelphia for a fun and informative happy hour on Halloween.
Civic Engagement (Un)Conference
Saturday, November 2 | 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. | Impact Hub Philly
State of Young Philly isn’t a statement or a proclamation – it’s a movement. It’s about connections, collaboration and shared knowledge. At State of Young Philly’s culminating event you won’t hear keynotes from distant experts. Instead, the conference wraps up with a crowd-sourced unconference powered by the voices of actual young Philadelphians.
“State of Young Philly is a time to celebrate and highlight the great strides being made year-round, to rally young people around new ideas and proven solutions, and to set our sights high for Philadelphia’s next great milestones,” McNeil concluded.
For more information on State of Young Philly visit www.stateofyoungphilly.com.