Apply to Impact 100 Philadelphia's Founders Fellowship by Sept. 19th
Impact100 Philadelphia, a collective giving nonprofit organization, is sponsoring a Founders Fellowship program to encourage young women to learn about philanthropy, the power of giving, and critical issues that affect the Philadelphia region. The Founders Fellowship is available to women between the ages of 21 and 35 who are interested in addressing the
vital needs of our community through the collective giving movement and who will bring a diverse perspective to Impact100's process. Preference will be given to women who do not have a familial connection with Impact100 members and who lack the financial resources that would enable them to join. The Fellowship application process will begin in August 2014 with the Fellows participating in the work of Impact100 from October 2014 through June 2015. The application deadline is September 19, 2014. Questions about the program or the application can be sent to foundersfellowship@impact100philly.org.
 
Apply to Mentor with Penn Global Youth United By September 25th
In a community as vibrant and diverse as Philadelphia, you may find yourself asking, "How can I get involved in social advocacy?" The answer is right here at Penn: become a mentor for Global Youth United, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that promotes creative problem solving, leadership, and education for social change.

At the University of Pennsylvania's chapter, GYU works closely with local Philadelphia high schools. Last year, 25 mentors worked in 4 area high schools to see through projects addressing veteran homelessness, drug  and alcohol awareness, and public education. Student mentors meet once a week with their high school mentees to discuss local, national, and  international issues, problem solving skills, project management, public speaking, and stakeholder leveraging.  Ultimately, Global Youth United is a means for youth to become leaders within their communities while becoming involved with civic service.

Global Youth  United is currently accepting Penn mentor applications. If interested,  please apply here by September 25th. Questions? Contact Aaron Senior at asenior93@gmail.com.
 
National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 23rd
In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, the Office of Government and Community Affairs will hold a voter registration drive outside of the Graduate Student Center (3615 Locust Walk) from 12:00pm – 2:00pm on September 23rd. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by to register to vote, ask questions about voting, and pick up complimentary pocket Constitutions and US flags.

Penn Voter Education Task Force Info Session Sept. 23rd
Students are invited to attend Penn Voter Education Task Force Informational Session at to learn about a new initiative focused on fostering Penn's community of regularly practicing voters. Students who join the task force will have the opportunity to build leadership skills through voter registration and GOTV efforts as well as service on the campus Boards of Election on November 4th. The info session is September 23rd from 1pm-1:30pm in the ARCH Building, Room 109. For more information about the Penn Voter Education Task Force, contact the Office of Government and Community Affairs at ogca@exchange.upenn.edu.

Tutor High School Students with YOACAP!
The Youth Outreach Adolescents Community Awareness Program (YOACAP) is looking for tutors for their youth development program Project BUILD. If you are interested in tutoring a student in the 9th through 12th grade this could be a great opportunity for you. YOACAP is located at 1207 Chestnut Street. Tutoring hours are Mondays and Fridays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am -1pm. If you are interested in becoming a tutor please contact Ms. Tajuana Wall at Tajuana@yoacap.org or call 215-851-1968.

Learn More About Service with AmeriCorps NCCC
What is AmeriCorps?
The short answer is this: AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential national and community service program for men and women age 18-24. For 10 months, we dedicate ourselves to serving and strengthening communities in all regions of the country. Teams range in size from 8-12 people and serve areas all over the US and US Territories.

What do we do?
Our projects are centered around five main areas of service: natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Example projects that teams are working on right now include tutoring of inner-city youth, firefighting, disaster preparedness planning, and much more! There are different programs within AmeriCorps that allow members to participate in service in a variety of ways. Mucking and gutting not your thing? That's ok! Programs exist for both front-line and behind-the-scenes service.

What are the benefits of joining the program?
Members are given a living allowance of approximately $4,000 for 10 months of service; housing; meals; limited medical benefits; up to $400 a month for childcare if eligible; member uniforms; and become eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. The program has been in place in the US for 20 years and has an alumni network of over 900,000 people, which is great for people just out of college who are looking for networking opportunities, worthwhile experiences for their résumé, and who are looking to gain leadership skills before entering the workforce. We also get certified in first aid and CPR.

Where can I go to find out more?
You can visit our website to get more into the details of the differences between AmeriCorps programs as well as the nitty gritty about the application process and program dates. If you have any questions or would like an AmeriCorps representative to visit your campus, please contact Katherine Bachleitner at katherine.bachleitner@fema.dhs.gov.

Research Opportunities with Women Against Abuse
Are you interested in learning more about research opportunities with a community organization serving abused women? Jeannine Lisitski, Executive Director of Women Against Abuse, is full of ideas and would love to meet interested Penn students. The meeting will take place September 29th from 4pm-5pm in Caster Building (3701 Locust) D-26 (3rd floor). Free lunch will be served. Please send an email to auchusi@sas.upenn.edu if you plan to attend. It's fine to come even if you don't send an email but doing so will help us with the pizza order!

Grassroots Fundraising Internship at the Philadelphia Student Union
Come learn the skill that makes every organization go: fundraising!

The Philadelphia Student Union is a nationally known, youth-led school reform organization. We are celebrating our 19th year of youth organizing. We have a fun, flexible and laid back work environment that allows everyone to learn, have a good time and accomplish a lot.

The Philadelphia Student Union gives young people the tools they need to organize to improve their individual schools and the entire school district of Philadelphia. We believe that fundraising is organizing and are continually integrating grassroots fundraising into our organizing work.

The Fundraising Intern will work directly with our enthusiastic lover of fundraising, Timothy Colman (Hi!). You the intern and I will work with the staff, students and board to implement a 12 month development plan.

Responsibilities will include: event planning (party), online social networking (Facebook!), prospect research (detective work), donor outreach (calls, letters, and emails, oh my!), documentation, data entry and analysis, etc.

There will also be opportunities for the intern to work with our students, propose new fundraising strategies, attend rallies and actions, and attend from professional development seminars and webinars.

What You Will Learn:
  • Big picture and day-to-day skills.
  • How to create a long term fundraising plan and calendar.
  • Grassroots fundraising strategies and best practices.
  • Social media tactics for online fundraising.
  • Wide range of projects and tasks - on some projects you'll be the point person.

More benefits to you, the intern:
  • One-on-one guidance and attention.
  • Work with a great small team (7 staff total)
  • Learn a valuable skill
  • A strong letter of recommendation from a well known organization

What we require:
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and Googledocs
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • Reliable and hard working
  • Can work at least 8 hrs/wk Preference will be given to those who can commit to the entire school year
  • ++ Event planning, organizing and fundraising experience a plus

Details:
The position begins Sept 15th, 2014, and ends May 2015 (preferred) or Dec 2014. You are expected to work 8 to 10 hours a week. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and writing sample here.

Fall Internships at Research for Action
Research for Action (RFA)  seeks to use research as the basis for the improvement of educational opportunities and outcomes for  traditionally underserved students. Our work is designed to strengthen  public schools and postsecondary institutions; provide research-based  recommendations to policymakers, practitioners and the public at the  local, state and national levels; and enrich the civic and community  dialogue about public education. Fall internships are 10 - 20  hours/week and run from September - December.  Exact start and end dates are based on the needs of the project and the availability of the student. Click here for more information and application instructions!

Volunteer at Penn Vet Working Dog Center
The Penn Vet Working Dog Center serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs. Our dogs are trained to find victims of disasters, detect explosives, and conduct search & rescue missions. Some of our dogs are trained as Diabetic Alert Dogs and others are trained for Ovarian Cancer Detection. These dogs literally save lives! Volunteers are a valuable asset to the Working Dog Community. We are eager for you to be part of our team! It's fun and rewarding! More importantly, with your assistance, we are able to provide the energy and direction to advance the research and training projects vital to the future of working dogs.

For more information, contact:
Judi Berke
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Penn Vet Working Dog  Center
3401 Grays Ferry Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
berkej@vet.upenn.edu  
215-898-2200

Volunteer at Community Partnership School
Community Partnership School is an independent elementary school in North Central Philadelphia dedicated to providing children from low-income, low-wealth backgrounds with a high quality and affordable education.
 
Each week, we work with the Vetri Foundation for Children to provide a healthy, nutritious (and delicious!) family-style lunch to our pre-K through 5th grade students. The Vetri Eatiquette Lunch Program helps children understand the core concepts of healthy eating, practice table manners, and enjoy a freshly-prepared lunch with their classmates and other members of the community.
 
We are seeking 5 committed volunteers to help us each week. Volunteers will:
  • Assist our chef in preparing food from fresh, whole ingredients prior to the lunch.
  • Help set up the dining room by ensuring that each table has the appropriate number of chairs and food supplies.
  • Enjoy a delicious community meal with our students.
  • Assist in the cleanup process, including helping students bus tables, bringing dishes to the kitchen, and loading the dishwasher.
The Vetri Eatiquette Lunch Program happens every Friday. Volunteers are needed:
  • Thursdays, 1:30-4:00 p.m., to help our chef prepare food for Friday's lunch.
  • Fridays, 9:00-2:00 p.m., to help with food prep, food service, and cleanup.
Prior culinary experience is appreciated, but not mandatory. Just bring a love for healthy, delicious foods and/or our adorable pre-K through 5th grade students!
 
How to Apply
Please contact Heather Lewis at h.lewis@communitypartnershipschool.org or (215) 235-0461.
 
Intern with a West Philly Social Service Agency and Educational Program
The Social Service Agency Imani Star Development is seeking interns and workforce development service learners for volunteer positions as Assistant Teachers, Tutors, Recreation Leaders and Administrative Assistants.
Imani Star Development seeks interns, volunteers and service learners for its expansion to after school programming within the West Philly corridor and family life extension of the University City area.

Designation for the pilot initiative of OST (Out of School Time) programming through Activities Fund allocation continues to serve as the block by block sustainable of communities catalyst for urban strategic educational reclamation. Imani Star Development has become known and received recognition for its ongoing parental engagement sessions, annual King Holiday community service programming supported by the United Way and citywide exposure through conference presentations, print and broadcast media featuring. Located at 148 S. 60th Street, Imani Star was founded in 2002 by Akhenaton Mikell as an extended family legacy of public and private social capital ventureship from his father Abdullahi Sulieman,

Reinvesting positive reinforcement and encouragement from parents, neighbors, concerned citizens and local school administrators, Imani Star is honored to extend its services and become an OST and constructive leisure time activity center that offers after school programming through the establishment of a "ClubHouse."

The "ClubHouse" official opening for afterschool/OST programming will be offered from 2pm to 6pm beginning Monday, September 15th. Support and resource development for this pilot initiative has been generated by the Activities Fund grantmanship by Jannie Blackwell and in kind giving by Community Change - National Support Agency and Alternative Learning Institute. The founder Mr. Mikell and his guided father Mr. Suleiman proclaims that that this place will be more than a typical hangout spot and more of a facilitation hub for the content of character developmental processing of positive youth.

Activities, events and educational components will include tutoring, home assistance, violence prevention, therapeutic recreation and STEM business acumen and athletics academics. A diary of the extensive success, achievements and accomplishments of Imani Star can be detailed by calling (267) 808-4853 or (267) 230-0317 or by emailing akhenaton.mikell@imanistar.org and is also available on the website.
 
Volunteer with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop Up Garden
From June 9th to mid-October, we will be transforming the empty lot at 1438-46 South Street, on the west side of the Jamaican Jerk hut, into an island-themed garden with daily food offerings, a nighttime beer garden, and ongoing entertainment! We hope you will join us this year in welcoming our guests, helping to maintain the beautiful garden, and sharing the mission of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to create a sense of community through horticulture. We are requesting volunteer support for Mondays through Fridays, 11AM – 2PM. This is a great opportunity for people who are interested in an ongoing commitment with PHS, as we highly encourage volunteers to sign up for multiple shifts throughout the summer and fall. If interested, please contact Jessica Wong at jwong@pennhort.org.