Fall 2023 Class Recap
The Fall 2023 course was our first time back IN-PERSON since 2019. We received 145 applications from all over the city. Take a look at the demographic breakdown of applicants and the selected cohort (percentages are for 2023 data):
The Fall 2023 cohort had the opportunity to pilot several initiatives for CPI. They were the first cohort to receive the new CPI in a Box prototype. Participants shared praise for the resources and commented on how they would like more continuous guidance on using materials throughout the course.
“The CPI box will get you ready to get involved, or help you improve what you have going on immediately.”
“…Well designed, enjoyed carrying it around the city. When I saw a classmate with it after the class it was easy to go up to them and strike a conversation…”
~ Class Participants
To provide more peer support and network building opportunities, CPI piloted a Match Program (which pairs current participants with alumni based on shared geographic proximity or skills and interests) and an alumni-exclusive directory. Twenty-seven of the current cohort participated in the match program. We already heard back from folks making connections in their neighborhoods through the directory.
New cohort members met their matches at the pre-course happy hour.
Alum Aazim Muhammad (in blue hat) stands between his peer matches proudly holding their certificates of completion.
Another peer match group, from left to right: Francois Chargois, Amanda Vaden, and Raven Arnold-Green.
Staff was thrilled to have an engaged cohort willing to delve deep in discussion. Issues that were recurring topics of interest for this cohort included: Housing availability and affordability, Access of publicly owned land for community uses, and Pedestrian/traffic safety. Many of their final projects addressed these themes.
Final Project Samples
Making a safer intersection: 27th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue
by Claire Byrnes & Dustin Dove
Photo Essay: Protecting Black History in Mantua
by Derrick Pratt
Pre-Approved Housing Plans
by Mathew Keen
Congratulations to the following Philadelphians for completing the CPI course!