Sharing Our Story is an avenue to collect and disseminate narratives based on the experiences of Civic House's diverse and far reaching body of students, alumni, and community partners that aims to celebrate the members that make up our unique community, generate awareness of Civic House programming, and highlight the ways that Civic House has positively attributed to the development and growth of students who dedicate themselves as lifelong citizens to society.

In lieu of present day issues, which affect everyone's lives in varying degrees, Sharing Our Story is a place where readers can pause and reflect on the true power that exists when there are both individual and collective efforts to listen to and support those most marginalized and disenfranchised in our society. We hope that Sharing Our Story can also be a source of inspiration for readers to begin or continue serving within their own communities in responsible and insightful ways.

Links to these stories will be shared across our social media platforms, so be sure to follow Civic House on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest Sharing Our Story features.

Sharing Our Story Archive

Publish Date   

Name

Summary

November 19th, 2018

Jenna DiStefano

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College of Arts & Sciences, C'2019

Community Engagement Intern: Summer 2018
Broad Street Ministry

Transformed by Radical Hospitality

During the summer of 2018, Jenna DiStefano had the opportunity to intern at Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia through Civic House's Community Engagement Internship. Broad Street Ministry's mission is to transform our city, our institutions, and ourselves by embracing the individual needs of our most vulnerable sisters & brothers. Read More. 

November 12th, 2018

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Yanchi Chen

College of Arts & Sciences
C'2020

Community Engagement Intern: Summer 2018
Urban Tree Connection


Disrupting Oppressive Systems

During the summer of 2018, Yanchi Chen had the opportunity to intern at Urban Tree Connection in West Philadelphia through Civic House's Community Engagement Internship. Urban Tree Connection's mission is to work with residents in Philadelphia's historically marginalized urban communities to transform abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction. Read More


November 5th, 2018

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Queenie Lam

College of Arts & Sciences, C'2019

Community Engagement Internship: Summer 2018 VietLEAD 

Power to the Youth!

During the summer of 2018, Queenie Lam had the opportunity to intern at VietLEAD in Philadelphia through Civic House's Community Engagement Internship. VietLEAD is a new Vietnamese community-based organization that focuses on intergenerational building through leadership development, community engagement, culture & arts, and health promotion work. Read More


Sharing our Story is curated by Jen Selpa (18-19 Americorps VISTA). 

Do you have a story to share? If you would like to be considered as a Sharing Our Story feature follow this link to tell us more about your experience as Civic House student, alumnus, or community partner.

For direct inquiries please email vpul-civic@pobox.upenn.edu with subject line Re: SHARING OUR STORY.