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A Phresh Start in Philly

I would like to wish you a happy and healthy new year.

I plan a fresh start in 2013 with Philly Phresh Start, a project to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among African American youth. I will apply the lessons learned from my year as a civic innovator to connect STEM to students’ day-to-day realities and interests.

The project will use pop-up hackerspaces, interactive video and social media to empower young people to imagine a better future.

This mural in West Philly, "Reach for Your Star," captures what Philly Phresh Start is about.

Philly Phresh Start - Reach for Your Star

The mural is not too far from Overbrook High School whose graduates include actor Will Smith and Guy Bluford, the first African American astronaut. Both Smith and Bluford reached for their star.

The Philly Phresh Start Project will launch in March 2013. To receive notice of the launch, sign up here. If you would like to get involved with the project, send me an email.

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