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.

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Dean Fred Akl Video

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1821 Experience

The 1821 Experience
In this pre-orientation program, you will explore how multiculturalism adds to the college experience and connect with other students on campus.

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Summit Widener

Summit Widener
This multi-day backpacking trip, led by members of the Outdoor Adventure Club, offers incoming Widener students a chance to build self-confidence and a social network of like-minded students on campus while having fun in the Appalachian Mountains.

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ELEVATE

ELEVATE
This student life leadership program, Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities, Training, and Engagement, aka ELEVATE, allows you to build or hone your leadership skills with learning tracks for emerging student leaders.

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Oskin Leaders

Oskin Leaders
The Oskin Leaders program inspires and equips Widener undergraduates to courageously leverage their passion and leadership skills to create significant, positive change.

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PSC/Bonner Leaders

PSC/Bonner Leaders Program
This program connects Widener students with a service movement of college students around the country. Students in the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program complete 300 hours of community service and a variety of leadership activities.