Bryn Mawr Students Can Sign Up to Participate in Dialogue About Philly’s Future

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 3:38 pm.

Ellie Esmond and Zanny Alter of the Civic Engagement Office

This year, Bryn Mawr College will be participating in Young Involved Philadelphia’s annual event series, State of Young Philadelphia.

The series brings together and leverages the voice of young Philadelphia. Last year’s series, Imagining Philly’s Future, focused on generating a vision for the future of the city. This year’s series, Building Our Future, will focus on putting that vision into action. Bryn Mawr College students will have the opportunity to register for and attend events in the first two weeks of October in topics that range from education, to sustainability and planning, to the creative economy.

Over the course of the two weeks, officially declared State of Young Philly Weeks by City Council, over 50 organizations, hundreds of young professionals, and city leaders will come together to discuss Philadelphia’s future in a variety of focus areas. The series will lead to several concrete outcomes including a set of actionable recommendations, additional programming, and continued discussion on their online blog.

“Though Bryn Mawr is not located within the Philadelphia city limits, many students are connected to the city through Praxis placements, internships, service and activism, and research” says Nell Anderson of the Civic Engagement Office. “This is a great chance for those students to engage in a dialogue about Philadelphia’s future and to contribute their ideas to the development of action plans.”

Students can peruse event topics and information at The Young Involved Philadelphia website and should sign-up online for the events they want to participate in. However, in order to receive transportation reimbursement for any of the events and a meal stipend for those events taking place over fall break, students must also register ahead of time with the Civic Engagement Office by contacting Stephanie Lerner (

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