Philadelphia Anabaptist Network

Alternatives: Career Options for Urban Youth and Young Adults

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Career Options for Urban Youth
and Young Adults

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Oxford Circle Mennonite Church

900 E. Howell St.
Philadelphia, PA 19149
(215) 288-5330

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The primary purpose of this event is to provide tools and resources for pastors, youth leaders, and youth workers to support the urban youth and young adults they work with in finding healthy career options.

The second purpose is to provide a forum for representatives of voluntary service agencies to think about the special needs of urban youth and begin conversation about how to make their programs more accessible.

The program will also be open to participation by youth and young adults and to people from outside the city. We plan to include information relevant to high school and younger youth, as well as post high school.


8:30-9:00 am  Registration, Resource Displays, Coffee
9:00-9:15Introduction, Devotions - Pastor Leonard Dow (Oxford Circle Mennonite Church)
Philly Jobs Picture
9:15-10:00Plenary Panel - reflections by young adults on their "career" choices:
Juan Marrero, Moderator (Executive Director, Crossroads Community Center) - Military Veteran
- Ex-Offender
- Former Drug Dealer
10:00-10:30Plenary - Overview of career options for urban youth and young adults
Drick Boyd (Eastern University)
10:45-12:00Breakout session: three 20-minute periods, so participants can hear from three different organizations among those listed here. Invited organizations* include:
*See the Resources list for more information about these organizations.
12:00Lunch for everyone
Lunch meeting for agency representatives to talk about making programs more accessible for urban youth / young adults


Many youth growing up in the city end up in military service or criminal activity because they have few other options. Good jobs are hard to come by and voluntary service or higher education options are out of reach. Some "alternative" job opportunities for young adults, such as Peace Corps, require a college degree, so may not be practical options for many urban youth. Other programs, which send participants to work in low-income communities, don't provide sufficient stipends for participants who themselves come from low-income families and have immediate financial obligations to their families.


Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, 900 Howell Street, Philadelphia, PA 19149. Phone: 215-288-5330

Who We Are

This event has grown out of conversations with Kingdom Builders Anabaptist Network of Greater Philadelphia.

Members of the event planning committee currently include:

  • Janna Blumenberg, Mission Year
  • Curtis Book, Mennonite Central Committee, East Coast
  • Maria Byler, Philadelphia Praise Center
  • Leonard Dow, Oxford Circle Mennonite Church
  • Lorie Hershey, West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship
  • J. Fred Kauffman, Mennonite Central Committee, East Coast
  • Juan Marrero, Crossroads Community Center
  • Josh Mangis, Mission Year
  • Nes Espinosa, Timoteo Flag Football
  • Bob Walden, Peace & Justice Committee - EDC/FMC
  • Darryl Wallace, Second Mennonite Church


    For more information and pre-registration (by May 30th - not required but appreciated),
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    Contact us by email:, or by phone: Fred Kauffman, 215-316-8419; or Robert Walden, 610-861-0653.
    There is no charge for registration, but donations will be accepted.


    Kingdom Builders Anabaptist Network of Greater Philadelphia, Oxford Circle Mennonite Church, Mennonite Central Committee East Coast, FMC/EDC Peace and Justice Committee,

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