Calling all CHAC Groups for event photographs!Send Civic House the best of your past and present photos that showcase the ways in which your group engages with the community. The best photos will be displayed on the walls of Civic House for all to see! Please send photos to civichouse@gmail.com.

Summer Opportunity: Teach Financial Literacy to At Risk High School Youth
Are you in Philadelphia this summer and still looking for a meaningful opportunity? Are you interested in entrepreneurship, business, education or public policy and want to impact the lives of at risk youth in the Philadelphia community? Coach Allen is looking for 8-10 passionate students to help set up a pilot project where Penn students will teach at risk youth the basics of entrepreneurship and financial literacy. His vision is to develop the project into a larger initiative to reach an audience that includes high school students and athletes, adults and NBA players.

Students will help to develop curriculums in the areas of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, leadership development, negotiations and sales, etc. as well as teach the material to high school students. The pilot will run 2-3 weeks in late June. Students will be paid a stipend of $1,500 for developing the curriculum and per hour he or she spends teaching.

We are looking for students with experience or just interest in each area and who are committed to the growth of this project! Freshmen are more than welcome! If interested, please send an email to Crystal Usoro at iusoro@wharton.upenn.edu by Thursday, May 8th at 5PM.

Fall 2014 Course: Social Impact Strategy, Analysis, and Leadership
Social Impact Strategy, Analysis, and Leadership (A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective) - SWRK798

Around the world, new types of organizations are emerging, advances in technology and access to information continue, and there is a growing recognition that all sectors – business, public, and private nonprofit – have a role to play in creating social impact. While the desire to create social impact is clear, the field is just beginning to grapple with ways to translate these aspirations into real and meaningful change.

Since 2006, Penn's Center for High Impact Philanthropy has been a pioneer in developing approaches for identifying, assessing and growing opportunities for social impact. Team-taught by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, the course will be directed by the Center's founding executive director, Katherina 'Kat' Rosqueta, and will include guest lectures from other leading faculty and social impact innovators working in Philadelphia and around the world. Through hands-on practice, team projects, and highly interactive case-based discussions, students will gain:

  1. Knowledge of how to analyze opportunities for impact and potential for impact, including how to determine the scale and scope of an opportunity and how to use the tools of social impact economics (Cost-benefit, SROI, cost per impact etc.)
  2. Frameworks to address the strategic issues and key tasks (goal-setting, managing trade-offs, assessing a dynamic environment) faced by managers/leaders with a social impact mandate
  3. Tools for influencing others towards social impact, including a review of relevant research and real-world examples of effective communication and stakeholder management
  4. Hands-on experience applying analytical skills, effective storytelling approaches, and stakeholder engagement strategies to different formats (e.g., video short, vc/donor pitch, policy brief).

This class is designed for a highly multi-disciplinary cohort of students committed to understanding solutions to society's most pressing issues. It is open to advanced undergrads and graduate students from across the university, by permission of the instructor.

For consideration in the class, please email Sarah Gormley at gormley@sp2.upenn.edu and provide your name, year, major/school, and a brief statement of no more than 100 words describing why you are interested in taking this course, what you expect to contribute to the cohort of students taking the course, and what you hope to get out of it.

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 ogca@exchange.upenn.edu or (215) 898-1388.

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.

Fellowship for Photography or Digital Media Students Engaging in Community
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.

Summer Internship Opportunity: Work with High School Youth!
BuildOn, a non-profit organization that empowers primarily urban high school students in Philadelphia and in five other U.S. cities, is looking for summer college interns to assist with the organization's Summer Service & Leadership Program for high school youth. Please see the internship description and application here. The internship start date is June 24th. Applicants should send a completed application and resume to crystal.collins@buildOn.org.

Children's Library Volunteer Needed
Diversified Community Services Western Learning Center, a children's library at 1613-21 South Street, is looking for a volunteer to help out once a week. The volunteer would help children select books, check books in and out, keep track of circulation logs, help register parents and families for and volunteer with library events, and more. For more information or to send a resume, please contact Amanda Hirsh at ahirsh@booksforkids.org.

UPAAN Public Service Internship Scholarship
University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network (UPAAN) is excited to announce that they are accepting applications for consideration of a scholarship from the UPAAN Public Service Internship Fund. The purpose of the UPAAN Public Service Fund is to provide one student a grant of up to $1,500 for the summer who pursues an internship in the public sector. Please visit their website for more details on how to apply. The deadline is May 15, 2014.