About ABCS

Academically Based Community Service:


  • Is service rooted in and intrinsically linked to teaching and research.
  • Focuses on problem-solving research and teaching.
  • Promotes learning through service.
  • Emphasizes student and faculty reflection on the service experience.
  • Fosters structural community improvement including effective public schools, neighborhood development, and community organizations.
  • Reaffirms Ben Franklin’s belief that: “The great Aim and End of all Learning… is service [to society]."



Over 160 Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses from diverse schools and disciplines across the University have engaged in work in West Philadelphia through the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships.  ABCS courses involve hands-on, real-world problem solving and help students become active, participating citizens of a democratic society.


ABCS is committed to linking theory and practice through activities that make a significant difference in the West Philadelphia and Penn communities.  ABCS students and faculty work with West Philadelphia public schools, local communities of faith and community organizations to solve critical community issues in a variety of areas related to the environment, health, arts and education.


For more information, contact:

Janeé Franklin, ABCS Coordinator, janeef@upenn.edu