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Top Takeaways from Serve Philadelphia’s Civic Engagement Academy

September 26, 2019

“There is a season in life when you focus on success for yourself and there is a season in life to focus on success for others. This training actually helps you accomplish both.”

                                            -Participant at our March 2019 CEA




Our Civic Engagement Academy In A Day is coming back this October! To help build the excitement, we’re sharing stories, quotes, and words of wisdom from Philadelphians who have attended past CEAs.





Name: Alicia Strange

Organization: Dream Academy Learning Center at G.W. Childs Elementary School

Session: Targeting & Recruitment

Top Takeaway: The Rule of 7. Alicia used what she learned at her “Barber Shop Talks: Heads Up for Our Youth” event, to encourage South Philadelphia barber shops to get involved as community leaders. She knows it is important for young black men to see others in their community with a positive presence. 


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Name: Jay McFadgen & Talia Giles

Organization: The DREAM Program

Session: Targeting & Recruitment

Top Takeaway: Benchmarking and planning backward. Jay and Talia are expanding the DREAM Program to a new site, and are working to engage partners and build relationships with parents in that community.

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At our CEA In A Day this past March, we asked everyone in attendance to share their feedback. Here’s what a few participants had to say:

  • “This is my 3rd CEA. I have become a community person as a result of attending these functions!”

  • “I learned a lot today about how to be an advocate for myself, as well as for others.”

  • “Feeling ready to move from hands-on volunteering to an organizing role. A wealth of ideas for possible next steps.”

  • “All participants were so knowledgeable and committed. I was proud to be among them!”


Wherever you are in your civic engagement journey, the CEA In A Day can help you build your skills and make new connections. Sign up today!


CEA In A Day

Saturday, October 19 • 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Municipal Services Building • 1401 JFK Blvd, 16th Floor

Register Here



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