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Explore opportunities for service, wellness, dialogue, and civic engagement at Penn.

Penn has a long tradition of helping students to develop their civic identities and to integrate them with their personal and professional lives. The SNF Paideia Program serves to amplify and connect students with a wide variety of options for cultivating the knowledge, skills, and ethical frameworks necessary to be informed, engaged, and effective community members.

Penn student Nhieu is planting the Class of 2023 tree with the Penn Quaker.

Moelis Access Science

Moelis Access Science (MAS) Fellows seek to enrich science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for students in grades K-12 at the Netter Center’s University-Assisted Community Schools though hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Simultaneously, MAS works to improve undergraduate and graduate STEM education at Penn.
Contact: MASFellowcoordinator@gmail.com

GEAR UP

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is looking for Penn student tutors and mentors to work with 10th and 11th grade high school students! This would involve supporting students in the classroom and/or after school to help them get ready for college and career. Tutors are needed in the following subject areas: Algebra, Science, Literacy/Writing, and SAT Prep. There are also opportunities beyond traditional tutoring. If you have an idea for an after school activity or workshop that would be of interest to our high school students, please reach out to us!
Contact: Candace Eaton, eatonc@sas.upenn.edu

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Francophone Community Partnership

The Francophone Community Partnership (FCP) combines French language ability with supporting and engaging with francophone youth in West Philadelphia. FCP pairs Penn students with francophone youth in West Philadelphia, largely from West Africa. Mentors spend an hour after school with the students once a week. The activities are always different but the focus remains on creating an environment to valorize their languages and cultures.
Contact: Anna Nguyen, annavn88@sas.upenn.edu;
Caroline McGeoch, cmcgeoch@sas.upenn.edu

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Educational Pipeline Program

Educational Pipeline encourages high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to aspire to medical science careers. The Netter Center, Perelman School of Medicine, and Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine collaborate to provide mentorship and education at all levels: high school students are taught by undergraduates and graduate students, undergraduates learn from graduate students, and graduate students are guided by faculty. The Pipeline Program allows college students, medical trainees, physicians-in-training, and faculty to contribute meaningfully to our local community while simultaneously advancing teaching, learning and research at Penn.
Contact: Lex Rasdal, arasdal@sas.upenn.edu

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Community School Student Partnerships

Community School Student Partnerships (CSSP) supports school day and after school programs for K-12 students in West Philadelphia. Student mentors work at the Netter Center’s University-Assisted Community Schools with teachers, staff, and other partners to support students’ academic and extracurricular endeavors. Contact: penncssp@gmail.com

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Civic Youth Action Partnership

Civic Youth Action Partnership (CYAP) is a new initiative under the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. This student-run group seeks to increase civic education and engagement opportunities for students at Comegys, a middle school in West Philadelphia. Penn students run debates, lead activities involving classic and contemporary civic and government theory, and facilitate the Comegys after-school student government. Contact: Noah Moyse, nmoyse@sas.upenn.edu; Caroline Donnelly Moran, cmdm@sas.upenn.edu

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Bridges to Wealth

Bridges to Wealth (B2W) is an innovative financial empowerment program focused on students, parents, and local community partners. B2W’s goal is to increase the wealth-generating capabilities of families living in underserved neighborhoods to address the country’s wealth divide. Penn students will gain experience in data collection and analysis and implement evidence-based collaborative financial literacy and entrepreneurship curricula in high schools. Training, professional development, and classroom support will be provided. Contact: Jill Bazelon, gbazelon@sas.upenn.edu

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Shah Engaged Research Summer Internship at the Netter Center

The Shah Engaged Research Summer Internship at the Netter Center will provide support to approximately four students (undergraduate or graduate) per summer to pursue research projects that contribute to civic and community engagement. Final submission due Sunday, FEB 28. Students will be notified by early April 2021.

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Remote Volunteer and Work-Study Opportunities with the Netter Center

Check out the many opportunities for remote volunteer and work-study positions this semester.

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Active Cross Cultural Training in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION)

ACTION is a student-run Spanish tutoring organization at the University of Pennsylvania. Each week Penn volunteers go to three Philadelphia schools to teach Spanish to students of various grade levels. The lesson plans include useful phrases, vocabulary words pertaining to the theme of the week, and fun and interactive games and activities. Additionally, volunteers spend some time outside of lessons helping students with homework. Contact: action.upenn@gmail.com

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Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative

The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) offers nutrition-based, hands-on school day, after school, and summer learning opportunities for more than 10,000 students and their families at over 16 West and Southwest Philadelphia public schools. Its cooking and gardening clubs and youth-run fruit stands connect school day and after school learning activities for K-12 students, and incorporate the academic work of Penn students and faculty. AUNI also boasts a robust Adult Senior Nutrition Program (ASNP) that teaches nutrition education classes throughout Philadelphia. Contact: Melissa Sattler Gordon, msattler@sas.upenn.edu

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Ase Academy

Ase Academy is an academic and cultural enrichment program designed for middle school students (6th-8th grade) in Philadelphia. Each Saturday, Ase students come to Penn to learn about their identity, community, and history with undergraduate mentors with the ultimate goal of developing students’ literacy and critical thinking skills. Students also engage in arts and other enrichment programming as well as enjoy access to other resources offered by Penn. Contact: McKayla Warwick, mwarwick@sas.upenn.edu

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Submit an Opportunity

Do you have an opportunity related to dialogue, wellness, citizenship, or service you would like us to share? Fill out this quick form and we will promote your event, internship, course, or other offering to Penn students, faculty, and staff.

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