As the year draws to a close, we at Called to Serve reflect on the vibrant tapestry of initiatives, events, and accomplishments that have marked 2023 in North Philadelphia. From the inception of the BriDDge Career Pathways Program, which opened new horizons in digital skills for many, to the heartwarming involvement with Bethune Elementary during 'Reading Across America', each step we took was a stride towards empowerment and growth. The Cleaning Ambassador Program, under Rev. Harvey Bass, not only beautified our streets but also instilled a sense of community pride.
Our advocacy for digital equity and job readiness resonated across neighborhoods, breaking down barriers and forging new opportunities. The legacy of Rev. Leon H. Sullivan continued to inspire our efforts, reminding us of the power of collective action in addressing social disparities, especially in the construction industry. The academic achievements celebrated at Bethune and Kenderton Elementary schools were a testament to the potential within every child, nurtured through community support.
Each month brought its unique challenges and triumphs, but the underlying theme remained constant: a commitment to nurturing educational, economic, and social empowerment. As we step into the new year, we carry with us the lessons learned, the friendships forged, and the unwavering spirit of service that defines our community in North Philadelphia.