PHENND’s primary mission is to support our member campuses with their own community partnership programs and activities.
However, we also coordinate our own programs through which area campuses can collaborate on city-wide or regional initiatives for greater impact.
An emerging subnetwork, PHENND Sustainability, has convened to address the need for a coordinated approach to Education for Sustainability across the K-16 spectrum in the Delaware Valley.
College Success Network
PHENND’s College Success Network was formally launched in October 2018 and is aimed at increasing college degree completion among low-income and first-generation students in the Philadelphia region. There is increasing recognition that while the gap is narrowing for low-income students in terms...
Trauma-Informed Teaching Series
The theme of the 2020 PHENND Fall Institute was Trauma-Informed Teaching in Online Settings and it was so well-received that we organized an additional meeting on the topic in January of 2021. When it became clear afterwards that there was still a great deal of interest, we developed a three-part...
Chief Diversity Officers Network
Started in the spring of 2021, the Chief Diversity Officers Network is comprised of lead diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) administrators at area colleges and universities. Gathering quarterly (and presently via Zoom), the meetings provide an informal safe space for attendees to share...
An AmeriCorps VISTA project that places recent college graduates at local nonprofit organizations and public schools, developing the next generation of leadership.
New in 2021, the PHENND Summer Associates program enrolls just graduated high school seniors intending to pursue higher education in short-term 8-week VISTA positions.
Next Steps AmeriCorps Program
Designed as a college completion and success strategy, the Next Steps AmeriCorps Program will engages 60 students in part-time AmeriCorps service each year.
Democratic Civic Engagement
Provides nonpartisan information to member campuses about how to engage students in the political process, particularly as volunteers.
K-16 Partnerships Network
Bringing together higher education and K-12 schools to promote, support, and improve K-16 Partnerships.