Community Service Programs
The University of the Arts participated in The AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania (SISPA) program from 2008 through 2013 (at which time the program ended due to lack of continued Federal funding). The program was administered through our partnership with PHENND (Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development). This program enabled us to offer a select group of community service-minded UArts students the opportunity to earn an education award for their volunteerism.
Each student was matched with one of our non-profit partners, including BuildaBridge, ArtSphere Inc., Village of Arts & Humanities, Spiral Q Puppet Theater, the Studio at Beacon and William Way LGBT Community Center.
The program spanned one year, starting in late August, and students scheduled service hours around their curriculum, about eight to 12 per week. Upon the successful completion of 300 hours of community service, each student received the Segal AmeriCorps Education award of almost $1,200 to be applied towards tuition or qualifying student loans.
Although the SISPA program was dissolved as of the 2013-14 academic year, the University of the Arts is enabling those students who had been selected to move forward with their intended community service by creating a comparable in-house program: UArts Community Scholars. Each scholar will volunteer with his/her respective partner organization, keep track of his/her service hours, and upon successful completion of the expected hours, will receive a grant via institutional funds.
SAMPLING OF PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Back on My Feet
Clean Air Council
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philly AIDS Thrift
Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence
The Painted Bride Art Center
William Way LGBT Community Center