Sustainable Communities Initiative

Sustainable Communities Initiative (APM SCI)

APM is the lead agency for the SCI of Eastern North Philadelphia. The SCI model is a flexible approach to community development which includes an intense community engagement component addressing the built environment, wealth creation, economic development, education, health, and the environment. APM SCI is the convener of community residents & other organizations dealing with critical immediate issues such as blight and crime, striving to achieve consensus on a shared vision & strategy for identifying/giving a voice to quality of life issues.

APM SCI hosts regular community meetings and conducts monthly community outreach through our Community Connectors Program and supports aligned activities by: assisting our partners articulate their role in community initiatives and assisting partners fill in the service gaps.

APM SCI continues to build public will by making sure our community members are informed, empowered and aware. APM also mobilizes funding by identifying and providing resources either with in-kind products or services, and money.

APM SCI targets Healthy Environment & Lifestyles, Arts & Culture, and Physical Environment. We strive that our community will become one of the safest, healthiest and greenest communities in the city; that arts and culture will infuse our community, provide a voice for all community members and an opportunity for exposure to other cultures and traditions, and draw Philadelphians from all over the city; and that our neighborhood will be clean and beautiful and will capitalize on its unique local assets including schools, diverse housing options and public transportation.

APM SCI strategies and action steps to successfully reach these goals include:

  • Strengthen Community policing to reduce crime in the area.
  • Promote public health programs to reduce obesity, teen pregnancy and drug abuse.
  • Make the neighborhood a green model for the city.
  • Encourage transit use and alternate modes of transportation.
  • Strengthen and market existing arts and cultural programs.
  • Highlight the cultural diversity of the neighborhood.
  • Use arts and culture to make a statement and encourage dialogue.
  • Reduce blight by managing vacant land and buildings.
  • Improve streets and public spaces.
  • Provide a range of housing options to promote a diverse community.
  • Reinforce and strengthen community assets.
  • Help Property owners maintain and improve property.

To be part of APM SCI or for information contact (215) 235-6070, or visit our office at 600 W. Diamond Street.

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APM Newsletter September 2019

APM Newsletter September 2019

 

APM Joins Aetna at the Food Trust’s Market at Cherry Street Pier 

Vote for APM in the Aetna Voices of Health Competition!

 

Posted by Nilda Ruiz
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with APM!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with APM!

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)

During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), we celebrate the rich histories, varied cultures, and important contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.  There is a lot to see and do in the city through the month, and..

Posted by Nilda Ruiz
Effort to Alleviate Pain Now Causing Pain for Millions

Effort to Alleviate Pain Now Causing Pain for Millions

It Started As an Effort to Alleviate Pain…And Now It’s Causing Pain for Millions

If you’ve been in a doctor’s office in the last twenty years, you’ve probably seen it. It’s a chart of cartoon faces ranging from big smiles to frowns and grimaces. It first debuted in the mid-1990s,..

Posted by Nilda Ruiz
Gift of Love Children’s Benefit: November 21, 2019

Gift of Love Children’s Benefit: November 21, 2019

Save the Date!

2019 Gift of Love
Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Union Trust, 717 Spring Garden Street

The APM Gift of Love Children’s Benefit is an annual gathering that celebrates bringing love, hope, and happiness..

Posted by Nilda Ruiz
APM and Aetna Partner for a Day of Service

APM and Aetna Partner for a Day of Service

July 30, 2019, Philadelphia – Partnerships between the business and non-profit sectors continue to enhance communities.  A great example of such a partnership was the recent Day of Service co-hosted by Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM) and Aetna. The two groups..

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APM Celebrates Our “CFO of the Year” Rasak Azeez

APM Celebrates Our “CFO of the Year” Rasak Azeez

Photo courtesy Philadelphia Business Journal – Paul Coker

We are proud to celebrate APM’s CFO Rasak Azeez! The Philadelphia Business Journal recognized Rasak in its July 2019 feature article, “CFO of the Year: Saluting the Leading Chief Financial Officers in..

Posted by Nilda Ruiz
Battling the Opioid Crisis to Create a Healthy Community

Battling the Opioid Crisis to Create a Healthy Community

City officials have stated clearly that “Philadelphia is facing the greatest health crisis in a century. Every neighborhood is being hit hard by an epidemic of opioid use and overdose.” But, you don’t have to tell that to Nilda Ruiz, CEO of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM)…

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