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Academically Based Community Service: 

  • Integrates service with research, teaching, and learning
  • Works to improve the quality of life in the community and the quality of learning and scholarship in the university through collaborative problem-solving, K-20
  • Fosters structural community improvement (e.g., effective public schools, neighborhood economic development)
  • Emphasizes student and faculty reflection on the service experience.
  • Helps students to become active, creative, contributing citizens of a democratic society.
  • Reaffirms Ben Franklin’s belief that: “The great Aim and End of all Learning… is service [to society]." 


Over 200 Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses from diverse schools and disciplines across the University have engaged in work in West Philadelphia through the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships.  ABCS courses involve hands-on, real-world problem solving and help students become active, participating citizens of a democratic society.


ABCS is committed to linking theory and practice through activities that make a significant difference in the West Philadelphia and Penn communities.  ABCS students and faculty work with West Philadelphia public schools, local communities of faith and community organizations to solve critical community issues in a variety of areas related to the environment, health, arts and education.

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