The Netter Center will be returning to regular business hours on campus on September 7.  Please contact nettercenter@upenn.edu for general inquiries.

Check out the latest Letter from Netter newsletter for University-Assisted Community Schools programming and other events.

Programs

The Netter Center operates a variety of programs and initiatives that support its core mission of bringing to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive, and interconnected problems of the American city so that the local community of West Philadelphia, Philadelphia, the University itself, and society benefit. This includes both local programs in West Philadelphia, as well as regional, national, & international efforts to build partnerships between higher education, communities, and schools. ABCS courses, internships, and work-study and volunteer opportunities bring hundreds of Penn students into the schools and community to support these programs.

A major component of the Netter Center's work is mobilizing the vast resources of the University to help transform traditional public schools into innovative University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS). University-Assisted Community Schools educate, engage, empower, and serve not only public students, but also all other members of the community in which the school is located. UACS focus on the school as the core institution for community engagement and democratic development and provide a strategy for bringing together Penn students, faculty, and staff with K-12 students, teachers, and community members for mutually-beneficial outcomes.

Summer 2016 Lea School Cross Grade Literacy

Leaders of Change high school intern reading to Lea Elementary student

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Pipeline Program Neurology lesson

Pipeline Program dissection

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After School Cooking Crew

After School Cooking Crew

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Young Quakers Jamboree June 2017

Young Quakers Jamboree June 2017

“Nothing is more conducive to innovation in social theory than collaboration on a complex practical problem.”

Paul F. Lazarsfeld and Jeffrey G. Reitz (1975)