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The Importance of Mentoring in Our Schools - April 18th

Friday, April 18th, 6-8pm
Where: Harrison Heyer Sky Lounge
Who: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Penn for Youth Debate, Community School Student Partnerships and West Philadelphia Tutoring Project
What: Panel about the importance of mentoring in the Public School system and documentary screening

"One of the saddest days of my life was when my mother told me 'Superman' did not exist," the educational reformer Geoffrey Canada recalls in the opening moments of "Waiting for 'Superman,' " a powerful and alarming documentary about America's failing public school system.

Join us for a stimulating discussion, an amazing movie and delicious food.

Will you be on campus this summer? Get info about voter registration and voting dates!
Take note of these following important dates!

  • Voter Registration Deadline: April 21, 2014
  • Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: May 13, 2014
  • Absentee Ballot Submission Deadline: May 16, 2014
  • PA Gubernatorial Primary Election Day: May 20, 2014

Questions? Contact the Office of Government and Community Affairs (OGCA) at or (215) 898-1388.

25th Anniversary PHENND Conference
Registration is open for the 25th Anniversary PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development) Conference! The conference will be April 24-25, 2014 and will take place at the University of Pennsylvania. The theme will be "Anchor Institutions: A Regional Approach" and will draw participants from around the country. Panel and workshop topics will include educational partnerships, non-profit work, bridging educational gaps, building communities through employer assisted housing, and much more. Check out the full agenda here! Find out more information on this conference which will address urban education and community issues here. Register today!

Urban Nutrition Initiative Fellowship Apps Due April 22
Are you interested in building healthy lifestyles and food sustainability? Apply for a summer fellowship with Urban Nutrition Initiative!

The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative Fellowship duties will include researching school food tasting best practices (including farm-to-school models), interviewing key staff and stakeholders with experience in school food tastings, and designing a school food tasting platform for AUNI to implement in its partner schools in the 2014-15 school year. The Fellow will also be involved in organizing and documenting the Grub Club, an AUNI after-school student-driven cooking experience that engages young people in the preparation of snacks for their peers. Duties may include conducting site visits to Penn AUNI partner schools to gain experience in the school food environment and participating in hands-on nutrition education activities. Any school based activities will be supervised by an AUNI or Netter Center staff member. On-the-job training for these projects will be provided.

Interested Penn students and graduating seniors should send their cover letter and resume to Laura Thornton via email at by April 22nd. This 10-week Fellowship will pay $3,000 and begin Tuesday June 3, 2014.

Research for Action Summer Internships
Research for Action is now hiring summer interns! There are internships geared towards students interested in research and also a few for students interested in business and administration. For more information please check here.

Are you a photography or digital media student engaging in community? Apply to be a JGS Fellow!
Imagining America is now accepting applications for 2014-2015 JGS Fellows!

Are you a photography or digital media student engaging in community?
Are you looking for an opportunity to collaborate with peers and mentors as part of a national network?

Thanks to a generous grant from Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS), Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life invites publicly engaged students of photography or digital media from our member institutions to apply for a tuition award and to join a national working group of students. The goal fo the IA/JGS Fellows program is to elevate photography and digital media as a pathway for students to pursue their careers and make a difference in their communities.

To be considered, applicants are to contribute three work samples, write an essay, and have a faculty or staff member email a letter of recommendation with information about the student's financial need to Imagining America. The submission deadline is May 16th. Only one award will be given per school.

The 2014-15 JGS Fellows will receive tuition scholarships of $2,000 each and will commit to engaging in a year-long learning exchange that will result in a collaborative media project. Fellows will be invited to participate in the 2014 Imagining American National Conference on October 9-11th in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information or to apply, click here.