Philadelphia Gamechangers

(Kenneth Scott, at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Kenneth Scott and Beech Companies

The Beech Companies includes a nonprofit, a bank, a real estate company, and a media organization. Together they are working to revitalize a North Central Philadelphia neighborhood.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/20/2015

(Jerome Allen, men's head basketball coach at the University of Pennsylvania, photographed at the Palestra by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Jerome Allen

Penn basketball coach Jerome Allen is opening the door to opportunity for young people.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

(Lenora Thompson, with some members of her "Boys Book Club," at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: ‘Miss Lenora’ Thompson

Lenora Thompson formed the “Boys Book Club” to provide reading coaching — and other forms of support — to young black men in Philadelphia.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/18/2015

(Anton Moore, being interviewed at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Anton Moore

When Anton Moore, 29, saw a problem in his South Philadelphia neighborhood, he joined up with fellow community activists and decided to seek solutions.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/17/2015

(Reggie Shuford.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Reggie Shuford

Reggie Shuford has run the ACLU of Pennsylvania since 2011, during which time it challenged both the voter ID law and the same-sex marriage ban in the state.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2015

(Carvin Haggins, at his home studio in South Jersey.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Carvin Haggins

Haggins, an accomplished music producer, says he got tired of hearing lyrics in black music that centered on sex, drugs, and violence.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

(Dr. John Alston.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: John Alston

Twenty years ago, Dr. John Alston started the Chester Children’s Chorus with seven boys and a dream.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/12/2015

(Dr. Jillian Lucas Baker.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Jillian Lucas Baker

Dr. Jillian Lucas Baker (front row, right) is working to cut the infection rate of HIV and AIDS.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Michael Roberson Reid, executive director of Tree House Books.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Michael Roberson Reid

For the past seven years, Michael Roberson Reid has led the small nonprofit Tree House Books, which offers reading and cultural literacy programs to kids ages six to 12.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/10/2015

(Joel Austin, founder of Daddy University.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Gamechanger: Joel Austin

Austin started “Daddy University” in 2004, helping fathers in the African-American community do a better job for their kids.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/09/2015

(The Rev. Brian Jenkins.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: Feeding the Hungry and Homeless

Rev. Brian Jenkins and his wife founded Chosen 300 Ministries in 1996, and have been providing meals, prayer sessions, and fellowship for the homeless ever since.

02/15/2013

(Helen and Ali Salahuddin, at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: The D’Zert Club

CBS Philly celebrates Black History Month with these profiles of notable Philadelphia “gamechangers,” people and organizations making a difference in the lives of the city’s African-Americans. . By Cherri Gregg PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The “d’Zert […]

02/14/2013

(Greg Corbin.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: Poetry for Youth

The Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement is changing the game for young people, one verse at a time.

02/13/2013

(Darren Laws, left, and Isam Keith Smith at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: ‘The Mission’

Three years ago, Darren Laws (left) started The Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving young people in Chester, Pa.

02/12/2013

(Marcus Allen, CEO of ACHIEVEability, outside one of the nonprofit group's residence projects.  Credit: Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia Gamechangers: ACHIEVEability

AchieveAbility was founded more than 30 years ago with a mission of a providing housing for single, homeless parents. The group now helps families permanently break the cycle of poverty through education, parenting classes, financial literacy, and more.

02/11/2013

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