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State lawmakers announce $500,000 in funding for Roxborough High School for security enhancements

(Oct 11, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., and state Sen. Vince Hughes, D-Montgomery/Phila., announced $500,000 in funding for Roxborough High School today for security enhancements. The legislators were joined by School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Tony B. Watlington, Sr., Ed.D., Councilman Curtis Jones and Roxborough High School Principal Kristin Smalley. Kenyatta, DeLissio and Hughes were able to secure the funding a week after the mass shooting at Roxborough High School that took the life of one student and left four others injured following a junior varsity football scrimmage. The legislators commented on this funding. “This for me is not a moment of celebration. Nicholas is gone and four other students will never be the same. This is the least we can do to help make students and families at Roxborough feel a tiny bit safer in light of this tragedy,” Kenyatta said. “We must do everything possible to make sure that another parent or guardian doesn’t have to grieve the loss of their child. We allocated $300 million in the last budget for additional supports to communities to address the gun crime crisis, but I’m committed to doing more.” “Nothing will bring back Nicholas. Nothing will take away the pain his family is feeling. Nothing will fully right this Read more

 

Kenyatta, Hughes secure $500,000 to assist Roxborough High School with security enhancements

(Oct 05, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and state Sen. Vince Hughes, D-Montgomery/Phila., were able to help secure $500,000 in state funds to assist Roxborough High School with security enhancements. This funding comes on the heels of the mass shooting last week following a junior varsity football scrimmage that took the life of one student and left four others injured. The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “This past week has been agonizing for the victims and their families. It’s also been a gut punch for me and the entire Roxborough community.” Kenyatta said. “Our children should not go to school in fear of losing their life. It is my hope that this funding will help prevent another tragedy like this from happening again. I’m grateful for my caucus leadership and Representative Pam DeLissio for their support.” “Nicolas Elizalde should still be alive today. The four other boys wounded should be worried about winning their next football game, but instead are traumatized as they recover from being shot,” said Hughes. “As a community, we need to put the guns down, and we need to make sure our young people are safe. That’s why it was so important to partner with Representative Kenyatta right away to get Roxborough High School $500,000 to increase its security efforts. We cannot let this happen again and I am Read more

 

Roxborough alum Malcolm Kenyatta: ‘We are failing our kids’

(Oct 04, 2022)

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta walked the halls of his alma mater, Roxborough High School, the day after a 14-year-old football player was killed following a scrimmage. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Open For Application

(Sep 30, 2022)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Regional Policing Assistance Program Who May Apply: Applicants for the Regional Policing Assistance Program may be any municipality – a city, borough, township, home-rule municipality, or county. Applicants may also be a public or quasi-public body, or its representative, duly authorized to act on behalf of one or more municipalities. All applications must be accompanied by fully executed Articles of Agreement or an Intergovernmental Agreement that establishes a Regional Police Department. Use: Funding will support efforts in establishing or expanding regional police departments that would improve the following: uniformity and consistency of enforcement across municipalities; recruitment; distribution and deployment of police personnel; training and personnel efficiency; career enhancement opportunities; enhanced professionalism; and reduction of costs. Funds: A total of approximately $1,000,000 in federal funds is being announced to support this initiative. Applicants may apply for up to $150,000 for the formation of a new regional police department or up to $50,000 for the expansion of an existing regional police department by adding a chartered municipality(ies). Application Deadline: September 6, 2023 More information: PCCD Website Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Legal Read more

 

Kenyatta issues statement on shooting at Roxborough High School

(Sep 28, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., issued the following statement on the shooting that took place at his alma mater, Roxborough High School yesterday afternoon. “The last time I was at my alma mater Roxborough High School, I was delivering the commencement address. Today I instead went to meet with students and staff reeling from yesterday’s mass shooting. I’m gutted and angry for these families — and the school community I so love,” Kenyatta said. “The family of the young man whose life was stolen is showing a level of courage and resilience that they shouldn’t have to muster. “The victims who’ve survived will also never be the same. “They join a disgracefully long list of other families who know the pain of gun crimes. “As I toured the school I was struck by a board in the lunch room. This ‘Dream Wall’ is replete with the hopes of students. “One entry stuck out in its simplicity and its tragedy. “This student wrote that they wanted to live past 30. It was a punch in the stomach. “As an elected official the lack of sustained action on reducing gun crimes and violence is a stain. This should be the least partisan thing we do — keep our kids alive. “Just living shouldn’t be a dream for our kids. It’s disgraceful that it is. “We can do more and we must.” Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta announces $500,000 grant to Temple University Institute for intellectual disabilities

(Sep 21, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced today a $500,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education has been awarded to the Institute for Intellectual Disabilities at Temple University. “I am very excited to see this funding, which I worked to secure, will go toward the Institute for Intellectual Disabilities at Temple University,” Kenyatta said. “This funding is critical for students with intellectual disabilities and research to help those with intellectual disabilities. Temple University is in Kenyatta’s 181st Legislative District. Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta announces $110,000 in grants for Cecil B. Moore Rec Center 

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced $110,000 in state grants have been awarded to Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center for field drainage. The grants were funded under the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. “Cecil B. Moore Rec Center is a great place for folks in our district to gather and participate in all sorts of activities,” Kenyatta said. “This funding for field drainage will help keep the field in condition after it rains for folks to play sports, exercise or just hang out for a longer period.” Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on passing of former Rep. Jeff Pyle

(Sep 16, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 16 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., issued the following statement on the Sept. 14 death of his former colleague, state Rep. Jeff Pyle: “I want to send my condolences to the family of my former colleague, Representative Jeff Pyle. Jeff was a good man, who had a wonderful sense of humor and deep sense of service to his district. While we disagreed on a host of issues, I had an abiding respect for him. I will miss him dearly. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing.” Kenyatta and Pyle served together on the House Liquor Control Committee. Pyle represented the 60 th Legislative District in Armstrong and Westmoreland counties. He served from 2005-2021. Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta calls for legislature to pass mental health legislation 

(Sep 15, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 15 – September is Suicide Prevention Month, and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., is calling on the Pennsylvania legislature to pass legislation addressing mental health and suicide prevention. “Too many people are struggling with their mental health across the commonwealth, and I fear that we are not doing enough in the legislature to address it,” Kenyatta said. “We need to pass legislation and provide more resources to help those who are suffering with a mental health crisis.” Kenyatta has introduced legislation -- called “ Phillip’s Law ” -- to address mental health in students. In 2020, according to CDC data, Pennsylvania’s suicide rate was 12.6 per 100,000 people. Read more

 

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities

(Sep 13, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Commonwealth Financing Authority: Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund (GEDTF) (Funding Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund) Who May Apply : Allegheny County Municipalities, Authorities (Redevelopment, Municipal or Industrial), Councils of Government, Non-Profit Organizations, Trusts and For Profit Organizations. Use : To support community and economic development projects in Allegheny County. Funds : Awards between $150,000 and $500,000. Application Deadline : September 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic-development/authorities/gedtf-fund.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Traffic Signal Technologies Grant Program (Funding Source: Motor License Fund) Who May Apply : Municipalities. Use : To install and maintain traffic signal technologies. Funds : Varies by award. This is a reimbursement grant with no matching funds required. Application Deadline : September 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/BOMO/Portal/TST_INFO.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program (Funding Source: American Rescue Plan Act Funds) Who May Apply Read more

 

Kenyatta promotes Philadelphia Health Department Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form

(Sep 09, 2022)

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today announced his support and gratitude for the Philadelphia Department of Health’s new Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form. Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities

(Aug 30, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation, cooperatives or any other legal entity. Use : To support projects that grow agricultural infrastructure in urban food deserts to improve access to fresh, local food and provide opportunities for hands-on learning, community-building, and for people to become social entrepreneurs. Community gardens are eligible projects. Funds : $2,500 micro grants or up to $50,000 for collaboration grants. Application Deadline : September 16, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Urban-Ag-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation or any other legal entity. Use : To support the development and expansion of current or future very small meat and poultry processing operations. Funds : Grants are limited to no more than $100,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : September 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Very-Small-Meat-Processor-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Agriculture and Youth Grant Program Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta responds to Philadelphia Monkeypox database

(Aug 18, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., today responded to what he says is troubling data from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s database on Monkeypox cases and vaccine distribution. The first published data set shows that nearly 90% of the cases in Philadelphia identify as cisgender male, nearly 50% of cases are between the ages of 30 and 39, and more than twice as many cases report race as Black or African American than White. More than 93% of vaccines have been administered to men, 43% of doses have been administered to residents between the ages of 30 and 39, and 58% of doses have been administered to people who report their race as White. Kenyatta describes these statistics as “troubling.” “When I spoke at a press conference about Monkeypox, I warned everybody that this virus can affect everybody,” Kenyatta said. “Now we are seeing that it is disproportionately affecting those most marginalized, such as Black and LGBTQIA+ communities. This is very troubling, because these communities were some of the hardest hit by COVID-19.” Kenyatta continued, “We must create equity in the vaccine distribution to ensure that those most vulnerable and at-risk are protected as much as possible. I do give credit to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for recognizing the need to vaccinate those most at-risk, and I am willing to Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta applauds executive order to prevent conversion abuse

(Aug 16, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., praised the executive order Gov. Tom Wolf signed today to protect LGBTQIA+ Pennsylvanians from so-called conversion therapy. “The idea of conversion therapy is a misnomer; it is conversion abuse . This harmful practice is junk science and has not place in the commonwealth. Pennsylvania is better when it is fairer, and today’s order helps to move us in that direction, particularly for our LGBTQIA+ young people. I applaud Governor Wolf for signing this historic executive order to ban conversion abuse in Pennsylvania.” A survey on LGBTQIA+ Youth Mental Health by The Trevor Project shows that LGBTQIA+ youth are at increased risk for negative mental health outcomes. The survey results show that 45% of LGBTQIA+ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year; 73% of LGBTQ youth reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety; and 58% reported symptoms of depression. Additionally, 36% of LGBTQ youth reported they have been physically threatened or harmed due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. “LGBTQIA+ individuals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity,” Kenyatta said. “As one of just three LGBTQIA+ members of the state legislature, I will continue to push for legislation such as the PA Fairness Act to protect LGBTQIA+ Pennsylvanians from discrimination and to codify the governor’s action today.” Wolf’s Executive Read more

 

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(Aug 01, 2022)

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Kenyatta: District Office Renovations

(Jul 29, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta’s district office will be closed for the week of August 1, 2022 for renovations. If you need to reach Rep. Kenyatta and his staff, you can do so by calling 215-978-0311. If someone doesn’t pick up immediately, leave a message with your number so they can call you right back. They expect to reopen the physical office on Monday, August 8th. Read more

 

Kenyatta applauds historic move to remove homosexuality from PA Crimes Code

(Jul 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., praised the fact that homosexuality has been removed from the PA Crimes Code by the PA General Assembly. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature. “Removing homosexuality from the Crimes Code was about a couple centuries overdue, but a big deal nevertheless” Kenyatta said. “As one of three openly LGBTQ members of the General Assembly, I am happy that this is finally happening in Pennsylvania after a years-long fight.” Kenyatta continued, “It is my hope that this will be another step towards destigmatizing LGBTQ+ individuals and protecting the community from possible future court decisions.” “When Justice Thomas concurred in the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade he mentioned Lawrence v. Texas, which ruled that sodomy laws are unconstitutional, as a decision the court should overturn. Should the court do that and had this language remained in the Crimes Code it would have presented a grave threat to LGBTQ Pennsylvanians,” Kenyatta said. “Today we remove that cloud of shame and fear to create a Pennsylvania that is fair for all.” Read more

 

Kenyatta, O’Mara comment on budget funding for hunger free campus program

(Jul 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., and Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, are applauding the inclusion of the hunger free campus initiative they have championed in Harrisburg in this year’s state budget. Kenyatta and O’Mara were the lead co-sponsors of the program. O’Mara said the following: “One in nine people in our state are struggling with hunger. Furthermore, between one-third and one-half of college students are food-insecure. Representative Kenyatta and I recognized this problem over a year ago and introduced the Hunger Free Campus Act to ensure that every student can easily access nutritious food. We are immensely proud to see $1 million dollars finally reserved in this year’s budget to address this crisis that touches every corner of the commonwealth. As a first-generation college student who worked three jobs and took out extra student loans to be able to afford tuition, textbooks, and food, I know how necessary this initiative is to Pennsylvania’s students.” Kenyatta agreed with O’Mara. “One in nine people in our state are struggling with hunger. Furthermore, between one-third and one-half of college students are food-insecure. Representative O’Mara and I recognized this problem over a year ago and introduced the Hunger Free Campus Act to ensure that every student can easily access nutritious food.” He continued. “We engaged stakeholders, Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta commends Temple for providing dumpsters throughout his district

(Jun 30, 2022)

PHILADELPHIA, June 30 – To address the issue of trash on the streets of Philadelphia, Temple University will be providing dumpsters at multiple locations throughout the city. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., commends Temple’s response. “We have had a huge problem with trash and litter on our streets,” Kenyatta said. “I want to thank Temple University for providing our community with dumpsters for public use. I believe that easy, public access to throw away trash will help clean up our streets.” There will be dumpsters available from today, June 30 until Saturday, July 2 for public use at these locations: 16 th & Diamond 16 th & Berks 17 th & Cecil B Moore 17 th & Norris 18 th & Berks From July 19 until Aug. 12, there will be dumpsters to address trash from students moving in and out at these locations: 16 th & Cecil B Moore 16 th & Diamond 16 th & Berks 17 th & Cecil B Moore 17 th & Norris 17 th & Oxford 18 th & Norris 18 th & Berks Read more

 

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade

(Jun 24, 2022)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., issued the following statement on the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade: “Knowing that this was coming has done little to prepare me for the anger I’m feeling right now. Yet again, a radical, unelected group of conservative activist judges has turned the clock back on a fundamental freedom. The dark twisted world that this will unleash is tragic.” “Governor Tom Wolf has stated that he will keep abortion legal as long as he is governor.” Read more

 

State lawmakers announce $500,000 in funding for Roxborough High School for security enhancements
Oct 11, 2022

Kenyatta, Hughes secure $500,000 to assist Roxborough High School with security enhancements
Oct 05, 2022

Roxborough alum Malcolm Kenyatta: ‘We are failing our kids’
Oct 04, 2022

State Grant Programs Open For Application
Sep 30, 2022

Kenyatta issues statement on shooting at Roxborough High School
Sep 28, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta announces $500,000 grant to Temple University Institute for intellectual disabilities
Sep 21, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta announces $110,000 in grants for Cecil B. Moore Rec Center 
Sep 20, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on passing of former Rep. Jeff Pyle
Sep 16, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta calls for legislature to pass mental health legislation 
Sep 15, 2022

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities
Sep 13, 2022

Kenyatta promotes Philadelphia Health Department Monkeypox Vaccine Interest Form
Sep 09, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities
Aug 30, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta responds to Philadelphia Monkeypox database
Aug 18, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta applauds executive order to prevent conversion abuse
Aug 16, 2022

Summer Newsletter
Aug 01, 2022

Kenyatta: District Office Renovations
Jul 29, 2022

Kenyatta applauds historic move to remove homosexuality from PA Crimes Code
Jul 08, 2022

Kenyatta, O’Mara comment on budget funding for hunger free campus program
Jul 08, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta commends Temple for providing dumpsters throughout his district
Jun 30, 2022

Rep. Kenyatta issues statement on Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade
Jun 24, 2022