To improve Philadelphia's educational attainment rankings and workforce competitiveness by systematically re-enrolling college drop-outs through the launch of Graduate! Philadelphia (G!P)
To fuel the continued growth of Philadelphia as a heritage tourism destination by supporting the complete renovation of the Ben Franklin Underground Museum, thus creating a facility on a par with the best biographical museums in the world
To pilot the What it Takes e-mentoring program which uses software to help engage 50-100 professional African-American men as mentors to hundreds of black boys
To highlight the new cultural and economic vision for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway by catalyzing the growth of the Philadelphia Book Festival
To help address the shortage of women in the technology field by deploying a new program in Detroit, Miami and San Jose to encourage girls (ages 13-17) to build their skills and seek opportunities in technology
To support a program that will help Philadelphia harness and retain high-skilled immigrant talent by helping them establish their professional credentials in the U.S.
Bringing people together to connect and engage in four Knight resident cities (Charlotte, Macon, Philadelphia and San Jose) with a musical swings installation that plays music when used and more complex melodies when people collaborate to use them together.
To move the needle on Philadelphia's college graduate retention rate by fostering a coordinated, regional approach to student recruitment, engagement, and career placement
For the "Ready To Learn" program
Introducing fun, easy solutions at city pools, which will be designed to make them more vibrant places to meet and interact with neighbors and friends.
Harnessing the talent and energy of immigrants to revitalize distressed neighborhoods by providing centers that would offer immigrant entrepreneurs low-cost space, language assistance, workshops and trainings, and access to traditional and non-traditional sources of capital.
To support a program that increases engagement and transparency in government by asking top developers and designers to become CFA fellows, giving a year of service in city governments, including two Knight communities