The Philadelphia Citizen delves into the story, mission, and impact of POPPYN!


“In the summer of 2018, Amina Whittaker, now a junior at Simon Gratz High School, was looking for a job. She thought she’d find something simple—working in an office doing paperwork and organizing files, she says. But then she met a former POPPYN facilitator who told her about the program—which partners with

the Department of Human Services’s WorkReady program in order to pay students during the summer. (During the school year, students can get stipends, internship credit, or fulfill volunteer hours through the program.)

She was hesitant at first—she didn’t have experience using cameras, interviewing sources or editing. But she did have a passion for writing about topics she felt were important and after talking with more young people in the program, she decided to give it a shot.” [Read more here]