Bettering the City: YIP presents third annual State of Young Philadelphia

A look at last year's State of Young Philadelphia. Image via Young Involved Philadelphia

Attention Young Philadelphians. Have innovative ideas that contribute to the growth of your city? Here's your chance to make them a reality. 

Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) is kicking off its third annual State of Young Philadelphia (SOYP) event this Thursday, Sept. 27. The two-week event series will bring together current city leaders and young Philadelphians to exchange ideas for bettering the city. There will be talks and tours as well as a project competition to challenge citizens to develop their creative ideas into action. This year, YIP has doubled the number of events, which will focus on three areas: education, economy and sustainability.

The sustainability programming will start in the second week with a Sustainability 101 talk that will highlight successful practices and policies of sustainability in Philadelphia. Other events include a walking tour through Kensington and Fishtown to showcase urban farms, community gardens and green buildings, and a DIY event to teach how to make items with reusable resources. 

Inspired by the creation of PhillyCORE Leaders—an organization working to better Philadelphia schools that came together through last year’s SOYP education event—the organizers of SOYP have added the YIP Challenge. In this project competition, teams will be asked to develop solutions to key issues in Philadelphia identified by YIP partners and the Mayor’s Office. Project proposals are due by Sunday, Oct. 7. Winners will be announced on Oct. 13 and given $1,000 cash to advance their ideas. Interested participants should attend the SOYP Opening Night this Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Kimmel Center Plaza from 6:45 to 9 p.m.

For more information and to register for events, visit