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Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development

Contact Information

3624 Market St, Suite 5W
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 573-2379

Focus Areas

  • Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Economic Security
  • Education & Youth
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Legal Assistance

The Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) is a consortium of over 30 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area. PHENND works to build the capacity of its member institutions to develop mutually beneficial, sustained, and democratic community-based service-learning partnerships. The consortium actively seeks to revitalize local communities and schools and foster civic responsibility among the region’s colleges and universities.

Higher educational institutions can function as permanent anchors and partners for community improvement. Moreover it is deeply in their interests to do so; their futures are intertwined with that of their neighborhoods. PHENND provides a vehicle for coordinating and, where appropriate, combining the efforts of higher eds so that they can make a significant contribution to improving the entire Philadelphia region.
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  • About Us
    PHENND is a network of over 30 colleges and universities that strengthens service-learning, civic engagement, and community partnership in Philadelphia, connecting academics with community involvement. PHENND’s activities such as conferences, email newsletters, and technical assistance attract and serve a broad array of individuals and organizations from the higher education, service-learning, community service, and non-profit sectors throughout the region.

    The PHENND Fellows VISTA program has two tracks--education and nonprofit. For the education track, PHENND places VISTAs in Philadelphia public schools to help the School District of Philadelphia better leverage and manage their community partnerships in a strategic way. For the nonprofit track, PHENND places VISTAs at organizations around Philadelphia to help them build capacity to address specific issues around poverty.
  • Our Impact
    The PHENND Fellows program places passionate and talented college graduates in both education spaces and nonprofits, in order to create sustainable systems to address issues of poverty. In doing so, PHENND is training and retaining talented folx to stay and work in Philadelphia and to become the next generation of education and nonprofit leaders.

Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development Programs

PHENND K-16 School-Community Partnerships VISTA Project

PHENND is in the sixth year of an innovative project which seeks to improve and expand the infrastructure for community partnership development across the School District of Philadelphia. This year PHENND has placed 20 AmeriCorps VISTA members, full-time federally funded volunteers, in high-poverty public schools in Philadelphia and in key School District offices to serve as Community Partnership Coordinators. PHENND’s overall goal is to increase the capacity of schools to leverage community partnerships while also helping develop systems and policies that will foster better community partnership development at the District level. With the best practices learned from this program, PHENND is developing a replicable strategy for which there has already been considerable interest from School District leadership to bring to scale.