The Esperanza Effect Newsletter: July 2019

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Esther Sampson, of Nigeria, Achieves Dream of Teaching Thanks to Pa CareerLink North at Esperanza

Esther Sampson migrated to Philadelphia, PA from Nigeria to make a better life for herself and for her children. New to the United States, Esther initially felt lost and overwhelmed as she tried navigating the process of finding a job. She comes to the country, however, with an impressive resume. Esther owned her own event management company in Nigeria and worked as an accomplished public speaker and professional communicator. In her free time, she also enjoyed giving back by mentoring young women. Now in the United States, thanks to the support of the PA CareerLink North at Esperanza, Esther achieved employment as a guest teacher and can pursue her dream working in special education.

Esther first heard about PA CareerLink North at Esperanza from a friend who was a former client. She decided in September 2018 to visit for help with her job search. The dedicated team at Esperanza treated her like a person and not simply just a number.

Esther would like more people in the community to know about PA CareerLink North at Esperanza and ensure community members in need know about its programs.

“It’s such a great place,” Esther said and praised PA CareerLink North at Esperanza for being a hands-on solution center, providing financial wellness help, job interview prep, and tax preparation aid. Esther especially appreciated PA CareerLink North at Esperanza ‘s workshop, “Transferable Skills,” that helped her significantly with her job search.

Esther is proud to have achieved financial independence in the United States. She rests easy knowing she can support her children with a meaningful career. Esther hopes most of all to pursue her dream of earning her teaching certification. She currently works as a guest teacher at First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in a special education program. Esther loves to work with students, saying, “the kids give me a lot of joy.”

Congratulations again to Esther for achieving such transformative success, and PA Careerlink North at Esperanza for helping to make it all happen!

Esperanza Wins $10,000 during Annual Wawa Foundation Hero Awards at Welcome America Celebrations

Esperanza earned a $10,000 prize during the Wawa Welcome America Celebration of Freedom on July 4, 2019. Wawa honored Esperanza with its third annual Wawa Foundation Hero Award. We’re proud to have earned such a fabulous prize during Wawa’s July 4th celebrations!

The Wawa Foundation Hero Award honor non-profit organizations that are committed to serving the greater Philadelphia area by assisting others and building stronger communities through preserving independence, protecting our safety, and educating and inspiring youth.

We’re thankful again to the Wawa Foundation! Additionally, Esperanza created a video for the competition about its impact on the Philadelphia community.  We hope you’ll check it out!

Esperanza to Co-Host Hunting Park Community Day and 5k

Esperanza welcomes you to Hunting Park United’s Community Day and 5K run on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Hunting Park United & Esperanza’s Community Day will welcome families and children of all ages. The Community Day includes all-day activities featuring a 5K run from 7 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and a Family Fun and Fitness program from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Everything will be located at the Hunting Park playground at 900 W Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia PA 19140.

The Family Fun and Fitness Day in the afternoon includes music, Zumba, FREE bookbags, snacks, water ice, and more!

If you’d like to register for the 5K as a runner or walker, please contact Leroy Fisher at 267-584-8980 or Ryan Harris at 215-7971-2040. You can also read more on our events page here. We hope to see you there!

Esperanza Partner Spotlight: Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Esperanza makes a difference in the lives of so many because of the support of our incredible partners. The Philadelphia Cultural Fund is a leader in arts philanthropy and enhances the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents. The Cultural Fund has been a longtime supporter of Esperanza through a partnership with Artístas y Músicos Latinoamericanos (AMLA). The Philadelphia Cultural Fund has served as a financial catalyst for capacity building AMLA, increasing its ability to deliver arts programming of the highest caliber to our students in Hunting Park.  We are so thankful for their support of our work! Thank you to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund!

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