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University Community Collaborative for Students Interested in Social Change


The University Community Collaborative prepares and supports students to become confident and effective social justice leaders. They aim to help young people develop the knowledge, skills, and connections to become agents for change.

You can find program highlights below and a full list here. Here here to apply.

POPPYN is an award-winning social justice media program for high school students in Philadelphia. Since 2011, POPPYN has aimed to alter the landscape of local media by highlighting the missing perspectives, contributions and concerns of young people. Through our after-school and summer programs, youth produce short films, journalistic segments and episodes where they’ve explored a range of issues.

For high school juniors and seniors, the credit bearing POWER Internship integrates exposure to nonprofit work environments with a deepening of civic commitment and social inquiry and a broadening of research, media literacy and technological skills.

VOICES seeks to build the individual and collective power of youth to make positive change in their communities. The program design achieves this through project based learning that is tied to community issues of importance to the youth; that places a heavy emphasis on teamwork and cooperation; that reaches out to community organizations as partners; and that includes technological and creative arts components.