Philly daily roundup: Philly’s first NSBE Jr. chapter; WeWork plans comeback; Internet affordability

Plus, a pitch to help boost voter turnout.

Dinner with the 2024 RealLIST Startups honorees in Philadelphia (Courtesy Simone Ammons)

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Teen launches Philly’s first NSBE Jr. chapter

Khristian Whyee’s dream is to one day open an engineering firm. The 11th grader at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science in North Philly is working towards his goals by launching a junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers at Carver.

The chapter has been meeting every Monday since January to discuss ways to engage more students of color with engineering. “What I seek to gain out of NSBE is a sense of community, a sense of belonging,” Whyee told

➡️ Read more about Whyee’s impressive STEM accomplishments here

Become a WeVote partner and help boost turnout

There are 8.5 million registered voters in Pennsylvania, and more than 2.8 million in the Philadelphia region. In recent elections, half or more haven’t actually cast a ballot. WeVote is an initiative from the Committee of Seventy to reverse that trend.

What will it take to galvanize voters to ensure a vibrant local democracy? Collaboration and partnership. Companies, organizations and individuals can become WeVote partners — which is why the org has engaged to help spread the word.

➡️ Get involved and find out more at

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Meet Alex Shtarkman, a Ukrainian immigrant and VP of investment firm Revolution Ventures. This DC-based VC is passionate about helping founders achieve their dreams. []

• Coworking giant WeWork announced plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy this spring. The New York-based company filed for bankruptcy last fall around the same time it shut down its Northern Liberties location. [Philly Biz Journal/]

•  48% of respondents in a survey from US News and World Report pay between $41 and $80 for internet service. Internet affordability is a hot topic right now as April may be the last fully funded month of the federal Affordable Connectivity Program. [US News and World Report/]

•  Know a local tech leader who’s great at bringing people together and sharing tips and information? Nominate them to be a 2024 RealLIST Connectors honoree. Nominations are being accepted until April 12.  [Google Forms]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Philadelphia Social Justice Hackathon runs April 5 to 7 at Drexel University’s Kline School of Law [Register Here]

• Silver Marketing Group is hosting a technology professionals networking happy hour on April 10 at 6 p.m. [Buy Tickets]

Sarah Huffman is a 2022-2024 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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