Penn Futures Project wraps up with strengthened partnerships and meaningful outcomes

March 30, 2023
A student-teacher, standing, working with three seated high school students.

A student-teacher at Kensington Health Science Academy, a Penn Futures partnership site, where students from GSE, Nursing and SP2 served as uniquely collaborative interns providing classroom support, counseling and health education.

The Penn Futures Project  was established in 2015 as a way for Penn's Graduate School of Education (GSE), School of Nursing, and School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) to work together to support Philadelphia’s most vulnerable young people and their families. The project officially wrapped up in the summer of 2022, but its successes, lessons and impact will continue for many years to come.

Faculty, students and staff across the three Penn schools achieved success in strengthening partnerships with the City of Philadelphia, developing professional training models and creating curricular innovations. The project's interdisciplinary approach and partnerships with policymakers, service providers and communities serve as a blueprint for similar work across Penn and beyond.

“The challenges that schools are facing go well beyond the schoolhouse, and the opportunity to collaborate with Nursing and SP2 was an important way to address the multiple challenges facing children and their families,” said Pam Grossman, Dean of Penn GSE.

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