MAYOR NUTTER TO MAKE MAJOR PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENT

WHO:            Mayor Michael A. Nutter

WHAT:          Mayor Nutter will make a major personnel announcement.

WHERE:        Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202 City Hall

WHEN:          Friday, March 27, 2015               12:00 p.m.               TODAY

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MAYOR NUTTER OFFICIALLY OPENS THE MONKEY & THE ELEPHANT, NEW COFFEE SHOP PROVIDING JOBS TO FORMER FOSTER CARE YOUTH

Philadelphia, March 26, 2015  Mayor Michael A. Nutter cut the ribbon officially opening The Monkey & The Elephant, a new coffee shop in Brewerytown that provides employment opportunities to young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system in Philadelphia.  The café employs five former foster youth, training them in the skills of coffee making and retail in a supportive, community environment.

The Monkey & The Elephant is a great example of an organization taking an innovative approach to creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Each young person in Philadelphia should have an individual success plan and through our Department of Human Services, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services, and many other parts of city government we are supporting programs and efforts that help them reach their full potential.  I wish The Monkey and The Elephant the best of success.”

The Monkey & The Elephant is a non-profit organization focused on helping former foster youth navigate the transition to adulthood.  The new café offers job and life skills training to the young adults in the program. The organization was founded by former AmeriCorps alumnus Lisa Miccolis who formerly served at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School in North Philadelphia and worked at numerous coffee establishments in the city.

In 2010-2011, Ms. Miccolis spent 5 months traveling in New Zealand and Australia and it was on this trip that the idea for The Monkey & The Elephant was born.  In 2012, she opened a pop-up café, which moved to Manayunk and South Kensington before she found the space in Brewerytown.

“I am excited to have a permanent location from which we can fully implement the vision for The Monkey & The Elephant,” said Lisa Miccolis.  “We have received a warm welcome from Brewerytown and every day I’m shown why it was the perfect part of the city for us to get started in”

One of the five young people working at The Monkey & The Elephant is Joseph Hill Coles, an alumnus of DHS’s Achieving Independence Center and PowerCorpsPHL.  He is currently working at The Monkey & The Elephant while attending classes at Community College of Philadelphia and continuing his AmeriCorps service as a near-peer mentor to YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter High School students.

“I went from being a homeless youth in Philadelphia to graduating from PowerCorpsPHL, working at the Monkey and the Elephant, and excelling greatly,” said Joseph.  “The opportunity to work at the Monkey and the Elephant turned even sweeter for me when I found out that they were employing former foster care youth, like myself, and that we would be engaging the community with positive vibes and terrific coffee.”

PowerCorpsPHL, launched in September 2013, is an AmeriCorps program designed to support Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s environmental stewardship initiatives, as well as the City of Philadelphia’s youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities.  Annually, PowerCorpsPHL enrolls 136 highly-at-risk 18 to 26-year-olds in a 6-month AmeriCorps program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to become environmental stewards, secure meaningful work, and become civically engaged members of society.

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MAYOR NUTTER OFFICIALLY OPENS THE MONKEY AND THE ELEPHANT, NEW COFFEE SHOP PROVIDING JOBS TO FORMER FOSTER CARE YOUTH

Mayor Michael A. Nutter cut the ribbon officially opening The Monkey & The Elephant, a new coffee shop in Brewerytown that provides employment opportunities to young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system in Philadelphia.  The café employs five former foster youth, training them in the skills of coffee making and retail in a supportive, community environment.

 

The Monkey & The Elephant is a great example of an organization taking an innovative approach to creating opportunities for young people from all backgrounds,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Each young person in Philadelphia should have an individual success plan and through our Department of Human Services, the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services, and many other parts of city government we are supporting programs and efforts that help them reach their full potential.  I wish The Monkey and The Elephant the best of success.”

 

The Monkey & The Elephant is a non-profit organization focused on helping former foster youth navigate the transition to adulthood.  The new café offers job and life skills training to the young adults in the program. The organization was founded by former AmeriCorps alumnus Lisa Miccolis who formerly served at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School in North Philadelphia and worked at numerous coffee establishments in the city. 

 

In 2010-2011, Ms. Miccolis spent 5 months traveling in New Zealand and Australia and it was on this trip that the idea for The Monkey & The Elephant was born.  In 2012, she opened a pop-up café, which moved to Manayunk and South Kensington before she found the space in Brewerytown.

 

“I am excited to have a permanent location from which we can fully implement the vision for The Monkey & The Elephant,” said Lisa Miccolis.  “We have received a warm welcome from Brewerytown and every day I’m shown why it was the perfect part of the city for us to get started in” 

 

One of the five young people working at The Monkey & The Elephant is Joseph Hill Coles, an alumnus of DHS’s Achieving Independence Center and PowerCorpsPHL.  He is currently working at The Monkey & The Elephant while attending classes at Community College of Philadelphia and continuing his AmeriCorps service as a near-peer mentor to YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter High School students.

 

“I went from being a homeless youth in Philadelphia to graduating from PowerCorpsPHL, working at the Monkey and the Elephant, and excelling greatly,” said Joseph.  “The opportunity to work at the Monkey and the Elephant turned even sweeter for me when I found out that they were employing former foster care youth, like myself, and that we would be engaging the community with positive vibes and terrific coffee.”

 

PowerCorpsPHL, launched in September 2013, is an AmeriCorps program designed to support Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s environmental stewardship initiatives, as well as the City of Philadelphia’s youth violence prevention and workforce development priorities.  Annually, PowerCorpsPHL enrolls 136 highly-at-risk 18 to 26-year-olds in a 6-month AmeriCorps program that provides participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to become environmental stewards, secure meaningful work, and become civically engaged members of society.

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MAYOR NUTTER SIGNS ORDINANCE ALLOWING FOR BALLOT QUESTION ON COMMISSION FOR WOMEN

Philadelphia, March 26, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter signed a City Council ordinance sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown that authorizes a ballot question regarding the establishment of a Commission for Women in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.  The question will appear on the May 19th primary election ballot.

“A Commission for Women would provide guidance about how we as a city can address structural inequities that leave women, and therefore their families, at a socioeconomic disadvantage that continues to threaten this city’s potential,” said Mayor Nutter.  “My administration has taken steps to level the playing field for women in Philadelphia, including legislation requiring employers to accommodate women needing to express breast milk, one of the most progressive municipal parental leave policies in the country and a pregnancy accommodation ordinance.  Clearly, there is more that must be done.  I welcome this change to the City’s Home Rule Charter and look forward to working with Councilwoman Reynolds Brown to select members for this Commission should the voters approve it, which I fully expect.”

The question which will appear on the ballot for voters to answer is as follows:

Shall the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to provide for the creation of a Commission for Women to be charged with promoting civic, educational and economic policies for women and providing advice and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on policies and programs that advance equal rights and opportunities for women in the City?

“This is an historic opportunity to bring women to the table of City government in an official capacity,” said Councilwoman Reynolds Brown.  “Women continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in this Nation.  And despite representing 52.8 percent of the City population, women occupy only 11 percent of corporate board seats in Philadelphia, and women of color represent less than one percent. In 2015, those numbers are embarrassing and unacceptable. Government must lead by example.  As a world-class city, in which ‘liberty and justice for all’ was born, Philadelphia should not only have a Commission for Women; we should have the flagship Commission for Women and be considered a national thought leader on the topic of gender equality.”

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MAYOR NUTTER TO SIGN ORDINANCE ALLOWING FOR BALLOT QUESTION ON COMMISSION FOR WOMEN

WHO:            Mayor Michael A. Nutter

                        Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown

WHAT:          Mayor Nutter will sign a City Council ordinance authorizing a ballot question regarding the establishment of a Commission for Women in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.  The question will appear on the May 19th City primary election ballot.

WHERE:        Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202 City Hall

WHEN:          Thursday, March 26, 2015                     2:30 p.m.                  TODAY

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MAYOR NUTTER TO CUT RIBBON ON NEW CAFÉ PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT TO FORMER FOSTER YOUTH

WHO:            Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia

Lisa Miccolis, Founder/Executive Director, The Monkey & The Elephant

Joseph Hill-Coles, Barista (and PowerCorpsPHL alum)

WHAT:          Mayor Nutter will officially open The Monkey & The Elephant, a new café in Brewerytown providing employment opportunities to young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system in Philadelphia.  The organization was founded by former AmeriCorps alumnus Lisa Miccolis who formerly served at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School in North Philadelphia and worked at numerous coffee establishments in the city.

WHERE:        The Monkey & The Elephant, 2831 West Girard Avenue

WHEN:          Thursday, March 26, 2015         1:00 p.m.                  TODAY

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CITY INTEGRITY OFFICERS TAKE OATH OF OFFICE

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Inspector General Amy L. Kurland presided over a ceremony in City Hall this morning in which the City of Philadelphia’s 40 Integrity Officers swore an oath of office.  Judge Gary Glazer of the Court of Common Pleas administered the oath.

“The City’s Integrity Officers represent our first line of defense against fraud, corruption, abuse and misconduct,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “These dedicated employees set the highest ethical standards in City government and serve as resources for their colleagues to seek guidance and support in their daily tasks as City employees.” 

Each City department has a trained Integrity Officer who works closely with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).  Integrity Officers serve as crucial points of contact for OIG investigators and they provide invaluable research and knowledge in support of the OIG’s work.  All of the Integrity Officers were hand-picked by the Inspector General based on experience and a proven track record of ethical service.

“The OIG’s success is a direct result of our strong Integrity Officer Program,” said Inspector General Kurland.  “They have courageously accepted additional responsibilities in furtherance of our mission, and we greatly value their contribution.” 

At the ceremony, Mayor Nutter and Inspector General Kurland presented this year’s OIG Integrity Award to Special Agent Vicki Humphreys of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  SA Humphreys worked jointly with OIG investigators on several different cases, resulting in many government fraud and corruption convictions and millions of dollars in restitution for the City.

“We cannot accomplish our mission alone – teamwork is essential to our success,” Inspector General Kurland remarked. “The OIG, all of our Integrity Officers, Administration officials, our law enforcement partners and the thousands of honest City employees must work together to give Philadelphians the government that they deserve.  I want to thank Special Agent Humphreys for her exceptional efforts in making our city a more ethical place.”

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