SOYP 2012 Schedule of Events: September 27th through October 13th


Opening Night

Thursday, September 27th at the Kimmel Center Plaza 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Come kick-off State of Young Philly at a high-energy event that features the work of 25 innovative non-profit, governmental and advocacy groups in Philadelphia. This event will also provide participants with information on how to take advantage of the full State  of Young Philly series and additional information on how to enter the project competition.


Saturday, September 29th at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Interested in learning more about the work of innovative education organizations in the City? Have your own ideas for how we can improve the Philadelphia school system? Be sure you’re part of the conversation at YIP’s education (un)conference. This (un)conference will provide an overview of the state of education in Philadelphia and offer participants a unique opportunity to lead their own sessions. In the morning, our ten partnering organizations will host discussions on a variety of topics, from state and local policy to parent and youth engagement to educational innovation and collaboration. In the afternoon, participants will have an opportunity to lead “pop up” sessions on topics of their own interest.

YIP Challenge Info Session #2

Sunday, September 30th at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

With State of Young Philly 2012 underway, we are providing folks another opportunity to find out more about our very first YIP Challenge. This is a project proposal competition, in conjunction with The City, which provides you a chance to provide an answer to a need in Philadelphia. Info Session #2 will include a brief rundown on the competition, what’s expected of participants and some Q&A with us!Come on out, ask questions and get a sneak peak of one of the new additions to SOYP! More information on the YIP Challenge can be viewed at .


Economy: The State of Young Philanthropy

Monday, October 1st at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

From web apps matching highly skilled volunteers with non-profits to project oriented online micro-philanthropy, each shakes the dust off of our ideas of staid and inaccessible philanthropy and allows young Philadelphians to make powerful, positive, and immediate impact in their community. Each participating organization – Generocity, Philly4Philly, and the Spruce Foundation  will present their model of engagement in a short panel discussion, immediately followed by an opportunity for attendees to directly engage the leaders of each.

Philly Sustainability 101

Tuesday, October 2nd at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Participants will learn about the practice of sustainability in Philadelphia, from the large scale down to the small.  The evening will feature experts from various sectors highlighting success stories of sustainable practices or policies, and will conclude with moderated discussions for how to move Philly beyond the standard shade of “green.”

Education: Philly Education 101: How to Navigate the Philly School System by the Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Great Philly Schools

Wednesday, October 3rd at Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Interested in getting more engaged in the Philadelphia education system as a parent or community member? Unsure of how to find the information you need on your local public school? The Public School Notebook and Great Philly Schools will host an informational event discussing the ways parents and community members can gain better access to information about their local schools.  Participants will be provided an opportunity to discuss the types of information they’d like to see more readily available and learn about ways to get more engaged.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Economy: Philly Economy 101

Thursday, October 4th at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This event will feature the work of innovative organizations working on economic issues in the City. Each partner will give a 5 minute lightning talk sharing their thoughts on the local economy and what the work of their organization. Afterwards, participants will have an opportunity to network and mingle with organizational leaders.

Sustainability:  Fishtown/Kensington Sustainability Walking Tour

Saturday, October 6th  2000 block of Frankford Ave. (near Norris St.), pocket park across from Rocket Cat cafe  (Rain Date: Sunday, October 7th)  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This tour will highlight various sustainable and environmental sites in Fishtown and Kensington, with a short presentation at each location to describe the unique components and practices of the given building or location. Sites will include green buildings, community gardens, urban farms, and will end with a party at Memphis Taproom.

Education: PhilaSoup

Sunday, October 7th  at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

PhilaSoup is a microgrant dinner that unites innovative and dynamic Philadelphia educators. During dinner, teachers will pitch an idea and the diners will vote for their favorite. The winning educator uses the microgrant to help execute their idea to benefit the classroom. For more information, visit

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Economy: The Future of the Economy

Tuesday, October 9th  at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Future of the Economy will be a panel discussion about the future of Philadelphia’s economy focusing on entrepreneurship, talent attraction and retention, and job growth and retention.  The panel discussion will be followed by a break out session during which people will provide their thoughts and ideas on provocative questions

Education: SEED 2.0 by PhillyCORE Leaders and Councilman Bill Green’s Office

Wednesday,  October 10th  at City Hall Council Chambers from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education) is a crowdfunded and crowdsourced opportunity for education entrepreneurs (nonprofit or for-profit) to compete for prizes (cash and in-kind) and, even  more importantly, present their ideas before an engaged audience of  potential funders, users, collaborators, and community members.

Sustainability: Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Night

Thursday, October 11th at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio 5:30 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m.

From canning food to making your own clothes, there has been a revival of Do-It-Yourself in Philadelphia.  The sustainability movement, which advocates for less consumption and wiser use (and reuse) of resources, may be the inspiration for this trend. The DIY event aims to increase sustainability on the individual level and will feature several stations where participants can learn to make or do something using easy-to-find or reusable resources and their own labor and expertise.

SOYP Final Showcase: VIP Reception, Presentations, and Celebration!

Saturday, October 13th at Dorrance Hamilton Hall – The University of the Arts

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. VIP  Reception

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Final Showcase & Celebration

Come celebrate with YIP as we share the outcomes from the two weeks of State of Young Philly and announce the winners of the YIP Challenge. The Final Showcase & Celebration provides an opportunity to network with hundreds of other young professionals and over forty partnering organizations.

This year’s Final Showcase will be hosted by comedian Doogie, and will include presentations from the YIP Challenge winnersfooddrinksDJ performance from AfroDJiak and good times!

VIP Reception 
$50 Ticket includes: open bar, buffet, a performance by Doogie Horner, free car service from Uber ($50 credit) and ticket to the Final Showcase

Final Showcase & Celebration 
$20 Ticket includes: open bar and buffet

Purchase your tickets today!