Student mentors offer hope to West Philadelphia high school students

Becki Steinberg

Daily Pennsylvanian

Monday, December 6, 2010

ayre is part of the University-Assisted Community School model. The model’s purpose “is based on the core notion that the health of the community and the health of the school are dynamically intertwined, and that universities can enter into mutually beneficial relationships supporting [these] schools,” explained Netter Center Associate Director Cory Bowman.

Today, more than 400 Penn undergraduates, 200 work-study students and 119 interns are involved in one of the programs connecting the University to Sayre, Bowman explained. Many of these students first encounter Sayre through the Netter Center’s academically-based community-service seminars. These place them directly in the school — as well as in other local schools that partner with Penn — to gain hands-on experience, he added.

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