Netter Center for Community Partnerships

2024 Sachs awardees

At a reception on April 30, The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation recognized the 21 projects awarded grants for the 2023-24 cycle, totaling $210,000 in support.

Brandon Baker

Who, What Why: Om Manghani

With MathMates, an after-school tutoring program at Andrew Hamilton School, Om Manghani has started a program to help middle school students succeed. But it’s about more than fractions and decimals, he says.

Kristina García

Getting creative to communicate science

Across Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, students and professors are devising imaginative ways to bring their scientific work to the public.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Hoop dreams sprout again for middle schoolers in the reborn Penn-West Philly league

The Penn-West Philadelphia Basketball League, a program for middle-schoolers that consisted of eight teams run by Penn students, has been rebooted by Marquese Johnson and Sarah Kelly of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Here’s what these youth advocates have to say about Philly’s truancy problem, and how they would fix it

The Netter Center for Community Partnerships has more than 30 years of investment in connecting resources that address truancy, such as establishing after-school programming.

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Billy Penn

A real art project at Quinta Brunson’s former school in West Philly mirrors the ‘Abbott Elementary’ Mural Arts episode

Thanks to the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Shira Walinsky of the Weitzman School of Design designed and created a mural at West Philly’s Andrew Hamilton Elementary with help from volunteers and Penn students.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

Cities and the urban university

Penn is lauded for organizing a University-Assisted Community Schools Network and for offering roughly 80 academically-based community service courses through the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, with a quote from the Center’s founding director Ira Harkavy.

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The New York Times

Community schools offer more than just teaching

The Netter Center University-Assisted Community Schools Network, founded in 2015, is noted as a valuable partnership between community schools and about 70 universities.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

News Penn partners with West Philly High to give it a new ‘front porch’ and teach students about careers

Daniel Flinchbaugh of the Weitzman School of Design manages Design to Thrive, a Weitzman summer program in collaboration with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. The project teamed Weitzman grad students with West Philadelphia High School students to build a new outdoor rec area for their high school.

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