The goal of L.E.A.R.N.’s Community Outreach imitative is to provide opportunities for graduate students to support Philadelphia teachers, students, and school administrators. To that end, L.E.A.R.N. will assist teachers with grant writing, mentor KIPP charter school alums who attend the University of Pennsylvania as undergraduate students, and engage in community service work to improve conditions in Philadelphia schools.
L.E.A.R.N. is partnering with KIPP Charter Schools, the largest charter school network in the nation, to pilot a mentorship program between graduate and undergraduate students. Many of L.E.A.R.N.'s current members are former teachers who now attend graduate school at Penn Law, the Wharton School, the Fels Institute of Government, and the Graduate School of Education.
L.E.A.R.N. members are paired with undergraduate “KIPPsters” based on shared interests and career goals. L.E.A.R.N. mentors provide guidance regarding academic course selection and post-graduate career opportunities and/or graduate school programs. L.E.A.R.N. also hosts several social events throughout the academic year to facilitate dialogue between KIPPsters, Penn graduate students, and Penn faculty members.
We engage in community service through fundraising, school site clean-up, and community education.
We assist Philadelphia school teachers to apply for grant money from organizations like Donors Choose.