Congreso and PSU Abington's Summer Dual Enrollment
Program Kicks Off!
The Summer Dual Enrollment Program offered to 11th and 12th graders is underway! Through our partnership with Penn State Abington, high school students are currently working on acquiring 12 – 15 college credit towards a certificate within the rehabilitation and human services major. Program benefits include a summer enhancement program for rising seniors that includes a dual enrollment course, a subsidized internship on campus, and a residential living experience in the dorms. For students attending Penn State Abington as an incoming student, a summer bridge program allows for credit earning coursework and a related service learning/leadership development seminar. Gracias to PSU Abington for their continued support and partnership and good luck to all students!
Fall and Spring Dual Enrollment courses are held at Congreso’s EWS building after school, Monday through Thursdays. For more information, contact Carlos Cartagena, Post-Secondary Services Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
FEC and Health Partners Plans
Collaborate for "Healthy You!" Challenge
On Friday, July 26th, the Family Empowerment Center teamed up with Health Partners Plans to present their “Healthy You!” challenge! The goal of this collaborative campaign was to encourage families affiliated with Congreso’s FEC, Housing, and Truancy programs to eat better and live a healthier lifestyle. The three-part health challenge consisted of a Zumba class, a fresh food demo and tasting, and the distribution of 100 fresh food baskets!
Congreso appreciates all the initiatives Health Partners does for the community and we are honored to collaborate with them once again! To learn more about Conreso’s new Family Empowerment Center, click below:
Congreso is on a Mission 2 Impact: Launching "Mi Casa"
with the help of UnidosUS
Congreso’s Housing Department recently went through a Design Lab process and worked closely with Design Consultant, Ryan Jahn, on an innovative initiative to develop a project called Mi Casa using human centered design.
Mi Casa is an engaging course that uses free online instructional videos blended with hands on workshops to help clients buy a home using digital tools and financial best practices. Through research, the team realized that there was a need to design a "pre-housing workshop" for clients who, while interested in buying a home, were not equipped with the knowledge or tools to successfully complete the process and achieve their dream.
After interviews with staff, analysis of client data, and even interviewing Lenders from financial institutions, the team designed Mi Casa as an interactive, culturally-appropriate pre-requisite course designed for these clients to improve the likelihood of successful outcomes in the home buyer process. We are thrilled that UnidosUS recently awarded $40,000 for the team to get the program started!
“It was exciting for the team to take a real project through the techniques of the design lab to help us create Mi Casa. The intent was to create Mi Casa to be tailored to the community we serve with the focus of home ownership and to improve the services that Housing Counselors provide,” said Hildaliz Escalante-Nimchuk, Congreso’s Housing Director.
Philly ID Program Mobile Site Visits Congreso
This month, Congreso hosted the Philadelphia ID Program for a mobile pop up site which enabled staff, clients, and community members a chance to learn about and obtain the new PHL City ID right here at Congreso!
A photo identification card is available for anyone living in Philadelphia, age 13 or older. Card holders benefit from: identification within Philadelphia, access to schools, libraries, recreation centers, and city buildings, in addition to a variety of discounts and memberships throughout the city for entertainment venues, museums, and more!
To learn more about the PHL City ID or to make an appointment with the city, click below:
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