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.


PHENND Fellows

An AmeriCorps VISTA project that places recent college graduates at local nonprofit organizations and public schools, developing the next generation of leadership.

PHENND Sustainability

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.

Summer Associates

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. 

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...

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...

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...

College Success Professional Learning Community

In 2023 PHENND began serving as a local partner in Bringing Theory to Practice’s (BT2P) Paradigm Project, a multiyear initiative focused on systemic change across higher education. BT2P is excited by PHENND’s efforts around college success and has invited us to be one of several...

West Philadelphia Promise Corps

Promise Corps collaborates with school leaders, community members, families and youth advocates to directly support high school students in their post-secondary planning. Promise Corps exposes students to as many post-secondary options as possible, including diverse careers and college pathways,...

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.


The following are older programs that are no longer active at PHENND.

Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania AmeriCorps Program

Allows students to enroll as AmeriCorps members and receive Education Award.

2015-2021 GEAR UP College Readiness and Collaborative Communities (CRCC) Grant

Helping low-income students enter higher education through intensive college awareness programming.

Financial Outreach Initiative & Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Supporting coalitions and organizations involved in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and other forms of asset development through the Delaware Valley.

Community Based Research Network

Establishes a network of practitioners of Community Based Research (CBR).

Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign

Recruited, trained, placed, and monitored college student volunteers as Food Stamp Pre-screeners.

Institutionalizing Service-Learning

Provides grants to support service-learning infrastructure development at local campuses.

Higher Education as Guides to the Credit Path

Develops four regional campus-community partnership initiatives focused on economic recovery.

Senior Projects Initiative

Matching college student "academic coaches" to high school students completing a rigorous "Senior Project."

Campus Election Engagement Project

Promoting non-partisan college student voter registration and turnout for the 2014 Pennsylvania Governor's race.

Service-Learning Support Organizations

PHENND convened a round table of K-12 service-learning organizations between 2003 and 2008.

Ford Foundation Initiative

With funding from the Ford Foundation (2000-2002), and in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, PHENND worked to deepen partnerships between higher eds, their local school partners and...