PHENND Fellows Education Track

PHENND is in the eighth year of an innovative project which seeks to improve and expand the infrastructure for community partnership development across the School District of Philadelphia. This year PHENND has placed 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members, full-time federally funded volunteers, in high-poverty public schools in Philadelphia and in key School District offices to serve as Community Partnership Coordinators. PHENND’s overall goal is to increase the capacity of schools to leverage community partnerships while also helping develop systems and policies that will foster better community partnership development at the District level. With the best practices learned from this program, PHENND is developing a replicable strategy for which there has already been considerable interest from School District leadership to bring to scale.

Some of the Fellows’ activities include convening monthly community partner meetings at the schools in order to facilitate communication between the schools and their partners, as well as among partners, to encourage collaboration. They are facilitating communication to the broader community through the creation and/or improvement of the schools’ websites, newsletters and other social media platforms which are made widely available to the entire school community including community partners, staff, students and their families. They are also meeting with the School Leadership regularly to discuss school needs and then cultivate existing or new partnerships to better address those needs.

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The 2020-2021 participating schools are:

  • William H. Ziegler School (Northeast Philadelphia)
  • Mary McLeod Bethune School (North Philadelphia)
  • Paul L. Dunbar School (North Philadelphia)
  • Andrew J. Morrison School (North Philadelphia)
  • John Welsh School (North Philadelphia)
  • Ludlow School (North Philadelphia)
  • Carver High School for Engineering and Science (North Philadelphia)
  • Philadelphia High School for Girls (North Philadelphia)
  • Elkin School (Port Richmond)
  • Cook-Wissahickon School (Northwest Philadelphia)
  • Walter B. Saul High School (Northwest Philadelphia)
  • Masterman Laboratory & Demonstration School (Center City)
  • Nebinger School (South Philadelphia)
  • Benjamin B. Comegys School (West Philadelphia)

along with VISTAs placed at the following School District offices:

  • Office of Strategic Partnerships
  • Office of High School Support
  • Office of Grants Development
  • Office of Sustainability

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This project is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the School District of Philadelphia.