PHILADELPHIA – It’s “Talk to Me” night at the Tree House in Hunting Park where kids have the opportunity to talk with trusted adults and mentors. The non-profit that organizes the event has something even bigger in the works, and children from all over the city are invited.
Ryan Harris, the founder of the non-profit organization, As I Plant This Seed, has made it his life’s mission to give back to his community, specifically the youth of the city.
For years, Harris has been able to hold free events for young people, such as camp-outs and hunger strikes. Now, after being able to collect tens of thousands of dollars in donations, he’s doing something else to say “thank you” to all the people who helped make his dream come true. Of course, all children are also welcome.
“Super, super excited,” Harris said. “I think this will change the way these nonprofits look at funding.”
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On Friday night, Harris and his team have planned an upscale night of entertainment and food to give something back to the people who have made donations and invested in the youth. It’s all happening at the creative arts venue, “Rec Philly,” in Center City.
“We’re just trying to create the most stupid creative experience while doing good,” Harris said.
Kwadir Scott, also known as Director2 is the creative mind behind the night, which he calls a “classy, come drippy, night”, meaning people are expected to dress to impress.
“We’ll have podcast interviews, live art, food by some of the best chefs in town, artists, some dope artists and special give-a-ways, special guests coming through. It’s a real nice show, creative show,” said Scott.
Another influential youth organization, Powercircle Mentors, is a partner in Friday’s event and Eugene “Buddha” Thomas says it’s events like this that keep kids off the streets and give them opportunities to have fun and meet new people. meeting in an environment that is safe and secure.
“We’ve done several trips, even taking them to the Sixers games, taking them to different places to get out of the neighborhood for the day, because if they’re cornered and we don’t have programs running, anything could happen in a wink,” said Thomas.
Click here to purchase a ticket for Friday’s event. To learn more about Powercircle Mentors and As I Plant This Seed, visit their websites powercirclementors.com and asiplantthisseed.com.