The Netter Center is Penn’s central administrative office for community partnership programs, including academically based community service, direct traditional service, and community development.
OGCA manages relationships with government and community leaders, advocates for policies and legislation consistent with the University’s goals, and shapes local engagement initiatives.
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Community Service Initiatives
Programs and services that bring campus and community together.
Courses, internships, and other academic programs that incorporate community service into the curriculum.
Penn’s community service hub, promoting student citizenship and outreach to the community.
Information for faculty and staff interested in participating in community service through Penn.
Upward Bound and Veterans Upward Bound
Programs that give precollege students a head start on higher education and veterans an opportunity to earn a college degree.
Other Services and Initiatives
Information and services for prospective and current homeowners and renters.
A list of campus facilities and activities that are open to all.
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Penn & Philadelphia
Philadelphia—a historic city and vibrant cultural center—infuses Penn with the energy of urban life. Students, faculty, and staff enjoy cultural offerings that include museums and galleries, theater, dance, music, historical landmarks, and the cuisine of renowned chefs.
To fulfill our commitment to local engagement Penn collaborates with local communities on many bold initiatives. Penn seeks to promote safe neighborhoods, attract and support area businesses, encourage homeownership, and improve public education. The Netter Center for Community Partnerships oversees a powerful array of projects and programs, with multiple initiatives to improve West Philadelphia education, including developing early childhood reading and math skills, raising interest in science, and bridging the digital divide. Other programs include Community Arts Partnership, which place an artist-in-residence in the West Philadelphia schools, supports after-school programs, and fund a Penn-West Philadelphia arts exchange called the Foundation.
In the spirit of Penn's commitment to putting knowledge to use, many students, faculty, staff, and alumni contribute time to these initiatives. A broad range of undergraduate and graduate Academically Based Community Service courses combine intellectual learning with active involvement.