The Philadelphia Urban Creators (PUC) are a group of young people who are building relationships with Philadelphia communities in order to develop our neighborhoods sustainably, and equitably, from the ground up.
I got hip to this band of characters as Denzel Thompson one of the young men who is involved with the PUC was honored by Nick Cannon at this years HALO awards and he came to California and was a guest on the Queen Latifah show. Great story, great cause and a great thing to see in urban communities.
Nick visited Thompson’s urban farm at 11th and Arizona to tell the Agora Cyber Charter School student that he is a recipient of a TeenNick HALO Award, given to teenagers who do exceptional things for their community. Along with appearing at the awards ceremony, a HALO comes with $10,000 and a date with a celebrity mentor. (Although past mentors have included Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys, Thompson’s hasn’t been decided yet, but he says he’ll be happy with whomever he’s paired with.)
The best part about this for me, is that we usually see outsiders coming in trying to help with blight and revitalization of inner cities, but you rarely see people from that very community striving to make the areas better. Denzel lives in the area and they’ve gotten a lot of the neighborhood kids, schools and colleges involved which is nice to see.
Shouts out to Denzel and shouts out to the entire Philly Urban Creators team for inspiring people around the country!
For more information about the Philadelphia Urdan Creators, check them out here on FACEBOOK
DENZEL THOMPSON: 2013 HONOREE – Teen Nick HALO Awards
QUEEN LATIFAH HONORS HOMETOWN HERO – Queen Latifah
Nick Cannon HALOS North Philly’s Denzel Thompson with $10,000 – Nick Cannon Archives