Description: Access Engineering’s mission is to demonstrate to Philadelphia high school students what engineering is all about: an analytical thought process and an option for a future career. It offers two weekly programs each semester to high school students interested in learning more about engineering, complete with hands-on lab activities designed to motivate them to pursue higher education.
Alpha Phi Omega
Description: Alpha Phi Omega is a national coeducational service organization founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. It provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they volunteer on their campus, in their community, to the nation, and to the organization. With more than 400,000 members on over 375 campuses, Alpha Phi Omega continues to provide more service on more campuses than any other collegiate service organization. Our chapter is a microcosm of our republic form of democracy, with leadership selected by the majority of the membership. We allow every member the opportunity to lead and allow for increasing responsibilities as experience and performance merit. Brothers are responsible for organizing, leading, and ensuring the success of events in either service or fellowship as part of their leadership requirement. With its history deeply rooted in the Boy Scouts of America, Alpha Phi Omega allows people to help others while making friendships that will last well beyond college. As such, the brotherhood seeks highly dedicated, compassionate, and enthusiastic pledges each semester. Anyone is welcome to join Alpha Phi Omega. As a service fraternity, APO welcomes all students who believe in the spirit of service – regardless of sex, color, religion, course of study, or other fraternal affiliation. In this manner, the members of Alpha Phi Omega seek to broaden their scope of service and friendship. Find out more about Alpha Phi Omega at our national website.
Alternate Spring Break
Description: Alternate Spring Break (ASB) is a student-run Penn organization that sponsors community service trips to various locations across the country. Participants spend their spring breaks performing worthwhile community service work, ranging from building homes for low-income families to rehabilitating the environment along the Appalachian Trail.
American Red Cross
Description: The Penn American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. As the Penn representative of the national American Red Cross, we focus on disaster relief, CPR and first aid education, blood drives, volunteering opportunities, global initiatives, and health awareness campaigns. Members of the campus club will engage with key issues surrounding the Philadelphia community. Some of our favorite ways of becoming involved are by contributing to local blood drives, fighting global health issues, and responding to local disasters.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
he college students build relationships with their Littles who cherish their attention and the exposure to one more educational milestone. Too often, children live a block away from a college or university but never envision themselves attending one. You can change their perspective with a few hours each month! Don’t be nervous and don’t underestimate how much your Little will appreciate just sitting and talking. Your involvement doesn’t have to be extravagant to have a great friendship.
Description: Camp Kesem at the University of Pennsylvania is a chapter of the national nonprofit that provides a week-long summer camp for children whose parents have cancer.
Description: The mission of Penn CASE is to provide Consumer Assistance, Support & Education to Philadelphia residents and Penn students. Penn CASE promotes consumer education through presentations with local school, senior citizen, religious, and other civic organizations; the creation of print and online resources to simplify complex consumer protection regulations; and on-campus programming. Penn CASE also serves as a resource for consumers who have fallen victim to scams or are encountering difficulty with a business. We direct individuals to the appropriate government agency as well as host workshops on how to effectively file consumer complaints. Penn CASE works closely with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, the People’s Emergency Center, Penn’s Office of Government and Community Affairs, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and local elected officials.
Description: Circle K International is the world’s largest student led collegiate service organization that is part of the larger Kiwanis International family. Circle K combines community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students, who share the desire to serve others in their community. Its mission is to develop college and university students into responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to serving the community. Our motto is “live to serve, love to serve” and is based on the 3 tenets of service, leadership, and fellowship. Our UPenn chapter is dedicated to serving the local Philadelphia area with service events that support organizations such as Relay for Life, Books Through Bars, Walnut Street West Library, and much more. We also offer various leadership opportunities through our executive and extended boards. Hosting a variety of club socials and study breaks, UPenn CKI is a tight-knit community always looking for new members!
Colleges Against Cancer
Membership: Open to all
Description: Colleges Against Cancer fundraises for the American Cancer Society through numerous fundraisers, including Battle of the DJs, Quizzo, and our biggest event, Relay For Life, where we honor cancer survivors and those who have lost the fight. Relay takes place on Franklin Field, filled with countless performances, activities, speakers, and our beautiful Luminaria Ceremony.
Community School Student Partnerships
Description: CSSP was started by a small group of students seeking to establish educational equity and strong community service ties to our West Philadelphia neighbors and it is with this vision that we have developed our program. We have hundreds of Penn mentors across four University-Assisted-Community-School sites, all working to forge meaningful connections with the scholars we serve. We have grown from a small student group to a multi-faceted organization serving scholars and schools in multiple programs. Recent turmoil within the school district has left a void of consistency that CSSP mentors are perfectly positioned to fill. CSSP’s mentors demonstrate an incredible level of consistency and compassion. Our scholars enjoy every minute with their mentors. This visible commitment to and investment in scholars shows that CSSP mentors are a positive presence at our school sites. We have a wide range of available programming options, from day-school to after-school – all of which promise a fulfilling and impactful experience through service to the schools of West Philadelphia.
Engineers Without Borders
Description: Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life through sustainable projects. We work to enable sustainable development, both through awareness locally and implementation globally. Our vision is a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional educational opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides. Students have the opportunity to participate in various development projects in Guatemala or Cameroon on our International Committee. Within Philadelphia, our Local Committee creates fun projects for visits to Saul High School to teach students science and engineering lessons through hands-on activities. On campus, our Design Committee works on a student-run project like bicycle-powered batteries and improving water pump designs for Cambodian farmers. Our Public Relations Committee works with outreach and coordinating speaker events for EWB. EWB is open to Penn students of all years. Trips and involvement are not closed to only engineers and we welcome applications from students in Wharton, Nursing, and the College.
Description: The Penn chapter of iCARE (International Children’s Alliance for Outreach and Exchange) works in partnership with the OneSky Foundation, an internationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical care and education for orphaned children in several countries of Asia, including China, Philippines, Korea, and Cambodia. Along with 70+ other chapters across the nation, Penn iCARE seeks to organize fundraising events to help sponsor surgeries for medically disabled orphans in Asia, provide increased educational opportunities to these children, and train health care providers and other care providers for these children. In addition, our organization also provides a mentorship program for families with adopted children from the greater Philadelphia area. Through this program, we pair children up with Penn student mentors and organize various mentorship events throughout the semester to foster cultural awareness and identity exploration. We do so by inviting the children and their families to structured mentorship events on campus as well as many off-campus cultural excursions around Philadelphia.
Kite and Key
Description: The mission of Kite and Key is to present Penn as an institution devoted to academic excellence, to increase students’ awareness of the opportunities at Penn so that they will consider applying, to encourage students who have applied to matriculate to Penn by providing them with the information they need to help make their decision, and to help students get a feel for Penn and why it may be the right university for them.
Music Mentoring Program
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Penn for Youth Debate
Description: Penn for Youth Debate (PFYD) is a student organization at Penn that aims to promote debate in Philadelphia by providing volunteer debate coaches to inner-city public schools and organizing free debate competitions throughout the year. Penn for Youth Debate aims to help students develop critical thinking, public speaking, research, and reasoning skills.
Penn Speaks for Autism
Description: PSFA provides volunteer opportunities for students at the University of Pennsylvania. Since Fall 2012, PSFA has run an after school autism support program three times a week at Henry C. Lea School in West Philadelphia. Additionally, PSFA hosts monthly themed workshops for children with autism and their families and starting this past Fall, organizes meet-ups for young adults with autism and students at Penn. We also have a weekly tennis program to teach children with autism the basics of tennis. In addition to our programming, PSFA strives to spread awareness about autism at Penn and in the greater Philadelphia. We have brought speakers each semester to Penn’s campus, such as Dr. David Mandell to discuss his policy research, Sonja Kerr to discuss the law surrounding special education, and several other important figures in the field.
Description: PennPals is a community-based mentoring group, in which each Penn student gets paired with one child from Powell Elementary School. The Penn student remains with the same child for the duration of the school year, and spends time developing a relationship with that child as a mentor, role model, and friend.
Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support
Description: The Philadelphia Alliance for Labor Support (PALS) is a group of labor and delivery doulas composed of Penn students and community members who are committed to improving birth experiences and outcomes in the Philadelphia area, as well as promoting the development of new and experienced doulas.
Science Across Ages
Description: Penn Science Across Ages is a Penn student organization dedicated to improving science education in the Philadelphia public school system.
Description: Established by Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives in 2011, Service Link sends dedicated undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, medical, MPH, and law student volunteers to primary care and community sites in Philadelphia. Our mission is to improve the health of Philadelphians by linking them with public benefits and community resources that address their non-medical determinants of health.
Description: SHOOP helps Penn students become hospice volunteers by coordinating volunteer training and helps with community outreach, bringing the message of hospice services available for all under their Medicare benefit. We are also the voice of hospice on campus, providing information on end of life issues. SHOOP offers a variety of volunteer opportunities working with Wissahickon Hospice of Penn Home Care & Services.
Description: Penn for UNICEF strives to advocate for children’s rights, raise funds, & educate Penn’s community about issues affecting the welfare of children globally.
Weekend Service Council
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Membership: Not listed
Description: Penn Weekend Service is a community service group that has volunteering events on the weekends. It is ideal for students who do not have a lot of time in their hands but would still like to have fun and help out in the local Philly community. Event attendance is flexible. Members can choose which events they want to participate in and others may attend.