Youngblood to host back to school event Aug. 16

Participants must pre-register by Aug. 13 to receive free backpacks

PHILADELPHIA, July 31 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., will host her annual Back to School Event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, 1939 West Venango St., Philadelphia. 

The first 150 people who pre-register to attend and who have children who are students in grades K-8 and live in the 198th Legislative District will receive free backpacks. There is a limit of three backpacks per household.

“This is a great way to kick off the school year right – with a new backpack and school supplies,” Youngblood said. “We will also have educational, financial and health resources available so parents and children are prepared for the new school year.”

Parents and guardians must pre-register by Aug. 13 by phone or email to receive backpacks and school supplies prior to the event.

Residents who have inquiries about the event or who want to pre-register a child should call Youngblood’s office at (717) 787-7727 or email Ashley Roach at or Esther Reever at