The Netter Center is currently operating remotely. Please contact email@example.com for general inquiries.
View the latest "Letter from Netter": Information & Virtual Enrichment Activities for University-Assisted Community Schools families.
Application Deadline: February 12, 2021
Summer 2021 Anticipated Dates: June 28 - August 6, 2021*
* We currently expect to implement virtual summer programming for six weeks, although details are subject to change, including the possibility of limited in-person programming.
Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is the University's primary vehicle for advancing civic and community engagement at Penn. It brings together the resources and assets of both the University and the wider community to help solve universal problems such as poverty, health inequities, environmental sustainability, and inadequate, unequal education as they are manifested in the University's local geographic area of West Philadelphia and Philadelphia at large. The Netter Center develops and helps implement democratic, mutually transformative, place-based partnerships between Penn and West Philadelphia that advance research, teaching, learning, practice, and service and improve the quality of life on campus and in the community. The Netter Center works with and serves as a model for other higher education institutions across the United States and around the world.
The Netter Center Summer of Service Learning is an opportunity for high school aged youth to engage in service-learning activity in the Netter Center’s University-Assisted Community School (UACS) summer programming. Each summer, the Netter Center implements comprehensive, full-day summer camps for West Philadelphia students in kindergarten through eighth grade and work internships for West Philadelphia high school aged youth. The Summer of Service Learning (SSL) program provides an opportunity for select high school students from anywhere in the country – who have a demonstrated commitment to community service and experience in serving in their own local communities – to be immersed in the Netter Center’s UACS summer programs in West Philadelphia. Selected students will be assigned to a service location upon review of final applications. While some programming occurs on Penn’s campus, students will also be expected to travel to sites of service in West Philadelphia with their peers and/or undergraduate students. Students will work closely with Netter Center staff and undergraduate interns throughout their experience. Students will also participate in weekly group reflection sessions and share their experiences and learning through a presentation to their peers and staff at the end of the program.
*Housing and meals not included (suggestions can be provided upon request).
*There is no cost to students serving in this program.
*Philadelphia residents may be eligible to also participate in the Netter Center’s paid summer work experience program.
Please send all application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* We currently expect to implement virtually summer programming for six weeks, although details are subject to change, including the possibility of limited in-person programming.