University-Assisted Community Schools (UACS) Program- Netter Center, University of Pennsylvania
In Philadelphia, State aid to schools has declined by $274 million in the past three years, according to the Pennsylvania State Education Association, resulting in the shut down of over 33 schools and the firing of 19% of the school-based workforce.
With the current cuts on school budgets and resources, educating our youth about global issues is integral for a brighter and more peaceful future. Through our interactive lesson plans, students have the opportunity to supplement what they learn in class by engaging in service-focused activities. Specifically, we aim for students to attain a different perspective about Africa and contemporary global problems. Students from the University of Pennsylvania from all different majors as well as graduate students in education work together to give back to the community by engaging these students in a service-learning project.
B.B Comegys Elementary School After School Program
Penn students volunteer twice a week at B.B Comegys Elementary School teaching lessons about Africa to fourth graders. Our lesson plans are project-based and focus on basic knowledge about Africa, global health problems, and understanding stereotypes. We use a discovery approach to teach students and challenge them to think about the world in a different way. This innovative approach provides students with a unique opportunity to advance their reading and writing skills, while also learning to think critically.