Strawberry Mansion: Therapist Offers Alternative Form of Therapy


Ronald Crawford sat at his desk in his office at Stop and Surrender, an alcohol and drug treatment facility, as he gathered his curriculum for his latest group therapy session. The difference with this session is he needed his black Logitech speakers. The reason?

Crawford uses hip-hop therapy.

Hip-hop therapy consists of analyzing rap lyrics to teach social counseling skills and allows participants to relate and connect with the content. It’s made to address a group of individuals who are underserved in the behavioral health system.

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Strawberry Mansion: Recreation Center Helps Children Learn and Grow


Children gathered their backpacks and lunches as they got ready to leave the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center. The recreation center, located near the corner of 22nd Street and Sedgley Avenue, provides children with a safe learning environment where they can take part in various activities.

C.B. Moore, a three-floor facility, sits on 6.2 acres of land and has a ballfield, pool, sports field, volleyball court, two basketball courts and two tennis courts. It offers an after school program, martial arts, an exercise group for adults, theater arts, cooking class and arts and crafts. The activities are offered during certain days of the week and are open to all children in the community.

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Strawberry Mansion: Widener Library Block Party Teaches Vocabulary


It was a sunny and cool afternoon for the Widener Branch Library’s first Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative block party. Words at Play, hosted by PNC, is a community-wide initiative to show the importance of learning vocabulary at a young age through playing, singing and reading.

“It helps families teach their children how to learn new words,” said Naisha Patterson, PNCWords at Play program director. “It’s just really an important movement for the simple fact that these two neighborhoods have low literacy.”

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