“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
The variety and depth of opportunities for civic engagement are unique at the University of Pennsylvania. Ranging from tutoring and mentoring activities with local youth to work with global organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Amnesty International, Penn students can become deeply acquainted with social issues through direct action. Recognizing the educational and scholarly value of such involvement, it is a key feature of the Penn Civic Scholars Program and experience. To achieve certification, students in the program will be expected to participate in community service or social advocacy work for a minimum of five semesters and ideally assume a leadership role – broadly defined – for at least one of those semesters.
There are numerous opportunities for civic engagement through Penn-based organizations. Many students become involved through one of various centers for student engagement on Penn’s campus: Civic House, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Fox Leadership Program, Wharton Social Impact Initiative, and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy through the School of Social Policy and Practice. There are a variety of other centers and organizations on- and off-campus through which students identify fulfilling service opportunities. Students can also explore local organizations through SERVE Philadelphia and United Way’s Community Action Center.
Civic Scholars directors are available to consult with students to explore and support their engagement interests. Don’t forget to read about what Civic Scholars have been up to!