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State of Young Philly 2019 - Love Thy Neighborhood. Know Thy Neighborhood.

In its 10th year, Young Involved Philadelphia’s State of Young Philly (SOYP) is an annual fall event series that brings together dozens of organizations and thousands of young professionals, elected officials, organizational leaders, and millennials. The theme of this year’s SOYP – which takes place from November 1st through November 10th– is “Know thy neighborhood. Love thy neighborhood.”


Friday, November 1

YIP Civic Engagement Fair
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Bourse | 111 S Independence Mall
Presented by Young Involved Philadelphia

Learn about different organizations from around the city over drinks and food.   

Civic Engagement Fair After Party
7:30 – 9 p.m.
United by Blue | 205 Race Street
Presented by United by Blue

Drop by our after party after our civic engagement fair to meet other civically minded people in Philly.

Saturday, November 2

Walking Tour Weekend: Global is Local Food Tour
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Island Taste Jamaican Restaurant | 5518 N 5th Street
Presented by North 5th

Learn about the Olney community's diverse culture and cuisines on a walking tour along N. 5th St., led by local community groups.

Walking Tour Weekend: Chinatown Walk – Community, Public Spaces and Anti-Displacement
1 p.m.
241 N 10th Street
Presented by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp

Philadelphia Chinatown is a historic immigrant gateway and a hub of culture, commerce and community for Asian Americans in the Philadelphia region. This past year, Chinatown community members have embarked on a series of local conversations about neighborhood change and what they want to see in Chinatown in 50 years.

Join us for a series of eight community-led walks, as these local leaders take you down the streets, alleys, and highways of Chinatown. They'll delve into the history and role for Chinese and Asian immigrants, talk about the challenges and benefits of the recent changes in the community, and share some strategies other cities are using to prevent displacement and protect culture in gentrifying, low-income communities.

Sunday, November 3

Walking Tour Weekend: Connecting Community through Food & Culture              
12:00 p.m. (noon)
Mifflin Square Park | 6th and Rittner
Presented by PSEAMAAC

Come join YIP and SEAMAAC on a tour of one of Philadelphia’s most diverse neighborhoods. Home to a thriving immigrant and refugee community, SEAMAAC has been working for several years to lead community development efforts that give the neighborhood agency over its own future. Tour stops will include the South 7th Street commercial corridor, the Growing Home Community Gardens, and the 130-year-old Mifflin Square Park. Hear from immigrant entrepreneurs and try food from local immigrant communities on this walking tour. Snacks at the amazing restaurants along 7th street are included!

Monday, November 4

Is It My Place? How to be a Good Neighbor in Changing Neighborhoods
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Independence Hall | 520 Chestnut Street
Presented by Plan Philly and Young Involved Philadelphia

Engage with expert panelists on what gentrification means and what you can do about it.

Tuesday, November 5

SOYP: Open Primaries
12:00 p.m. (noon)
C70 HQ | 123 S Broad Street, suite 1800
Presented by Committee of Seventy

In Pennsylvania's closed primaries, 800,000 unaffiliated voters are unable to participate in local, state, and federal primary elections. This election day, hear from elected officials, voters, and community organizers on the importance of open primaries in Pennsylvania at a lunch hosted by the Committee of Seventy as part of the Young Involved Philly’s Annual State of Young Philly conference.

Wednesday, November 6           

Advocacy in our Sanctuary City: Supporting Immigrants and Refugees
5:30 p.m.
International House | 3717 Chestnut Street
Presented by CARE/HIAS PA

There are a multitude of issues facing immigrants and refugees both locally and worldwide, and policy changes can help meaningfully improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community.  Come learn about how to be effective advocating at the local and international level in order to enact real change.  Experts from HIAS Pennsylvania and CARE and others will lead the discussion on multiple issues impacting these communities, in particular the Safe From the Start Act and Driving PA Forward.  There will also be an overview of effective forms of advocacy, what tangible things you can do to make a difference, followed by a hands-on activity to directly engage with your representatives in US and Pennsylvania Congress. The event will begin at 5:30pm with food and non-alcoholic drinks and the program will begin at 6pm.

Thursday, November 7 

State of Young Journalism: Lightning talks on the future of community engagement
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pipeline Philadelphia | 30 s15th Street, 15th floor
Presented by Online New Association Philadelphia

Journalism exists to inform communities, but too often misses in forming authentic connections with those communities or representing them accurately. Presented by the Online News Association's Philadelphia chapter, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) and Pipeline Philadelphia Coworking and Shared Offices as part of the State of Young Philly event series, State of Young Journalism is an evening of lightning talks given by young, locally focused news professionals — reporters, editors, project managers — who will speak about their work engaging neighborhoods and other hyperlocal groups.

The talks will focus on specific projects or larger-scale articles that were created to reach underserved communities, with time for Q&A and for attendees to pitch stories to presenters and other media-affiliated attendees. Participating news organizations include:

  • PABJ, presenting of The Color of Cannabis event (

  • Billy Penn (

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer's Made in Philly (

  • Temple University's Kensington Voice (                             

Friday, November 8

Closing Doors: The Economic and Wellness Impacts of Health Systems
6:30 p.m.
Innovation Lab | 1401 JKF Blvd., 17th floor
Presented by NEXT Philadelphia

In collaboration with NAHSE (National Association of Health Services Executives) - Delaware Valley Chapter, this event will focus on the impact of the recent Hahnemann University Hospital closing. Discussion through the perspective of community leaders, hospital executives, and medical personnel would highlight patient, student and employee displacement, healthcare systems, and the role of community agencies throughout the transition.

Saturday, November 9

Give Back to Thy Neighborhood
9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Presented by Volunteering Untapped

Every year, Young Involved Philadelphia organizes a week-long series of events called State of Young Philly. This year's theme is Know Thy Neighborhood, Love Thy Neighborhood. VU-PHL is thrilled to be part of the event with our monthly volunteer event, rebranded this month as Give Back to Thy Neighborhood. Included volunteer events in Callowhill and Center City.

Sunday, November 10

SOYP Closing Happy Hour & Quizzo
2:00 p.m.
Triple Bottom Brewing | 915 Spring Garden Street
Presented by Young Involved Philadelphia

Close out the week of SOYP activities by playing Philadelphia quizzo with friends and colleagues.