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Matt Ringold Reflection Paper #3 According to the 2010 US Census, Philadelphia is the fifth most populated city in the United States with about 1,500,000 residents and is also one of the most densely populated major cities in the country. Out of the twenty-four percent (360,000) people in Philadelphia that live in poverty, thirty-four percent (122,500) are 18 years old or younger. If there’s one good thing regarding the poverty that is endemic amongst youths in Philadelphia is that there are dozens of charities and organizations in the city that are dedicated to improving the lives of these children. Many organizations use sports to allow volunteers to build positive, impactful relationships with these children since sports are a great way to connect with children. Examples of organizations are Neighborhood Bike Works, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, LEAPS (Lacrosse Education Attitude Perseverance Success), SquashSmarts, Starfinder Soccer Program, Ed Snyder Youth Hockey Foundation, Students Run Philly Style, Police Athletic League (PAL), Zhang Sah Martial Arts, Work to Ride, and Philadelphia City Rowing. Additionally, there are various mentorship programs such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, ASAP (After School Activities Partnership), Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, and Mural Arts and Youth Development Program where volunteers can work one-on-one or with groups of children to have a positive influence on children’s lives. Temple University is by far the largest college in Philadelphia. The university prides itself in being an active member and having a positive influence in its surrounding community rather than trying to be its own distinct entity. Being such a huge public research university, Temple has access to resources that are priceless to underprivileged people in their community, especially children. One valuable resource Temple University has to offer their communities are the
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academics and professionals they employ from various disciplines. Besides teaching and pursuing research, many of their employees use their expertise to help contribute to the many existing youth organizations throughout the city. Some of Temple’s faculty members have even initiated their own programs to help at risk kids in Philadelphia. The University Community
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