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PHENND Fellows - Community Development VISTA
Friends of the Rail Park (FRP)– the organization dedicated to bringing the Rail Park to life– is on a mission to build bold, transformative, and inclusive public space that connects Philadelphia’s residents and visitors to the city and each other. Phase One of the Rail Park is currently open to the public and located between Philadelphia’s Chinatown and Callowhill neighborhoods. Friends of the Rail Park is charged with activating and managing Phase One of the Rail Park and planning for future development. We are committed to equitable development as we expand through ten Philadelphia neighborhoods. Our work will be guided by a multi-year, resident-led development planning process called the Equitable Development Agenda. This process will leverage an estimated $200 million investment in the Rail Park for public good. Not only will the investment yield public access to world-class park space, it will also seed resources for economic, cultural, environmental, and health benefits in adjacent neighborhoods. The FRP team collaborates to create dynamic, inclusive opportunities for community engagement. These opportunities include public events, walking tours of Phase one and future sections, and partnering with neighboring community organizations to support their community’s goals. The Rail Park is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Philadelphia to collectively design and activate a world class park that will increase connectivity, celebrate local cultures, and provide much needed green space. However, the continued development of the Rail Park has the potential to rapidly increase property values and taxes, exacerbating issues of physical, economic, and cultural displacement. The PHENND VISTA Fellow will join the FRP team in pursuing equitable development strategies for increasing community wellbeing and mitigating harm.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : The Fellow’s primary focus will be managing a tour program in which residents are trained to provide tours of the Rail Park. The program enables residents to tell their own communities’ stories and is a pilot program for FRP’s economic development agenda. The program was piloted in early 2023, future iterations should provide economic opportunities to low income residents in adjacent neighborhoods. The Fellow will manage all aspects of the program including: fostering community partnerships, updating training curriculum, developing a marketing strategy, providing ongoing support to tour leaders, and creating a program evaluation mechanism. The Fellow will also work closely with the rest of the FRP team to expand a foundation for community engagement, economic development, and inclusive planning to propel us towards our 3 Mile Vision. This may include planning or participating in public events, coordinating volunteers, and researching economic impact opportunities for future phases.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  SEPTA Monthly Transportation Pass ,  Living Allowance ,  Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Education . 
Skills :
Urban Planning ,  Architectural Planning ,  Public Speaking ,  job training, sustainability ,  Environment ,  Team Work ,  Leadership ,  Education ,  Communications ,  Community Organization . 
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PHENND Fellows - Community Development VISTA

Program Start/End Date
08/01/2023  -   07/31/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
Some college

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations PENNSYLVANIA   Philadelphia/Wilmington/Atlantic City  

Accepting Applications
From  02/15/2023  To  05/31/2023 

Contact Roslynn Blount
3440 Market St
Philadelphia   PA   19104

Listing ID 117035


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