Philadelphia, February 27, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter opened the Spring 2015 Public Policy Case Competition to all undergraduate and graduate college students in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Competition encourages Philadelphia-area college students to develop creative and meaningful proposals to address some of the greatest challenges facing the city. Students will respond to the Spring 2015 proposal:

What can the City of Philadelphia do to best improve outcomes for boys and young men of color?

“I have been impressed by the finalists’ proposals from our previous public policy case competitions, and I look forward to considering the innovative and significant proposals from our Philadelphia-area college students on this topic,” said Mayor Nutter. “Boys and young men of color in Philadelphia face entrenched barriers to success and improving outcomes for them would benefit the city as a whole through higher educational attainment, lower unemployment rates, and increased public safety. I am confident our college students will present thoughtful and original proposals addressing this critical issue.”

The Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination and the Philadelphia “My Brother’s Keeper” Project Manager will select four finalists from the submitted proposals. Teams must submit their proposals by Friday, March 27th, at 11:59 PM, and the four finalists will present before a panel of distinguished judges in City Hall on Friday, April 17th, which will be followed by a reception announcing the winning team. The Spring 2015 Competition is jointly sponsored by Drexel University and Campus Philly.

“Drexel University is dedicated to our partnership with the City of Philadelphia, as we work to build vibrant communities and greater connectivity among our students with their city,” said John Fry, President of Drexel University. “The Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition is an opportunity for students to think deeply about the policy challenges of their city and to present their best ideas directly to the Mayor. We are excited for our students and for students throughout the Greater Philadelphia area to be part of this program.”

Dr. Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly, added, “I have been continually impressed by the very high quality of work we see from students. The students Campus Philly meets at area colleges and universities are interested and invested in diverse approaches to Philadelphia’s most important issues. We anticipate innovative recommendations this semester concerning how to best improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.”

Maia Jachimowicz, Director of Policy for the City of Philadelphia, said, “College students provide policymakers new ideas to intractable issues and influence city government through their participation in Philadelphia’s Public Policy Case Competition. I encourage all area college students to participate.”

The members of the judging panel for the Spring 2015 Competition are:

  • Ronnie L. Bloom, Executive Director of the Stoneleigh Foundation;
  • Crystal Brown, Senior Director in the Office of Cabinet Affairs at the White House;
  • John Chin, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation;
  • Dr. Deborah Diamond, President of Campus Philly;
  • Cynthia Figueroa, President and CEO of Congreso; and
  • Russell Davis, youth advocate and participant in Philadelphia’s My Brother’s Keeper Youth Stakeholder Meeting.

The first-place team will be given the opportunity to present their proposal to Mayor Nutter, as well as tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies game in the Mayor’s Box. All four teams that advance to the final round will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Mayor.

The Case Competition is being managed by the Mayor’s Office of Policy Planning and Coordination. Requests for further information should be directed to  A copy of the prompt and submission criteria are included here City of Philadelphia Public Policy Case Competition Instructions Spring 2015.

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