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School Partnerships

There is no better demonstration of our commitment to the values of civic engagement, service learning and leadership than our work within schools and school districts.

Our students, faculty, and staff serve as teachers, tutors, and trainers in numerous after-school programs, as well as weekend and summer workshops providing academic support and educational opportunities for families and children.

And in 2006, partnering with community leaders and residents of Chester, Pennsylvania, the Widener Partnership Charter School (WPCS) was established. Undergraduate and graduate students in our education, social work, clinical psychology, physical therapy, and nursing academic programs serve as student-teachers, teacher aides, and counselors. WPCS students have access to Widener facilities such as the Wolfgram Library, Art Gallery, and observatory.

Our after- school programs include:

  • Widener Cares Tutoring Project
    The Widener Cares Tutoring Project connects Widener students, faculty, and staff volunteers who spend an hour each week with elementary and middle school students at the Freedom Baptist Church, The Nia Center, and the Unity Center.
  • Widener Reads and Widener Counts
    Widener Reads and Widener Counts, as part of nationwide initiatives, where Widener student tutors (paid through work-study grants) serve in the following schools: Chester Community Charter School, Chester Upland School of the Arts, Drexel Neumann Academy, Stetser Elementary School and the Widener Partnership Charter School.

Workshops include the Junior-Senior Summer Challenge Widener collaborated with the CUSD and the Chester Education Foundation to develop 30 college-bound Chester High School students for success in the halls of higher education.

Widener professors and undergraduate students teaching poetry and short story writing during the summer to Chester High School juniors enrolled in The Achievement Project (TAP).

Other Widener partners include the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Philadelphia, which supports our Saturday Ecology Academy for Girls and the Chester Education Council, which supports our efforts in the College Access Center of Delaware County.