How Do Our Partners Challenge Us to Excel?

How do our community partners challenge us to excel and re-envision all that is possible with student leadership?

We honor our community, working from the belief that our community members – the ones who walk alongside our students every day – hold the vision to all that is possible with our students.

Community Experiences to Challenge Excellence are the foundational, innovative spaces we design with local organizations every month to push our teachers to see student strengths in new ways and re-envision student voice, ownership, and empowerment in the classroom.

Our Community Partners make our work possible because they challenge us to see the full humanity and power of our students. We are proud to learn from and partner with these community leaders.

We have been waiting for schools to see us as real partners in this. I’m so glad you see us the way we hope to be seen.

The Alumni

Community Partner

Community Partners

The ECO Foundation
The ECO Foundation
The ECO Foundation creatively educates people through art and entertainment while connecting them with opportunities to better themselves and their communities.
YEAH, Inc.
YEAH, Inc.
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A Black-led, community-based nonprofit that works with teens in Philadelphia ages 13 to 19 who have witnessed or engaged in violence.
Fulphil
Fulphil
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Empower high school students to make an impact on their communities by teaching social entrepreneurship.
Overbrook School for the Blind
Overbrook School for the BlindAlumni Association
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Prepares our students — all of whom are blind, visually impaired or living with other challenges — to have the greatest opportunity to experience active and fulfilling lives.
AARP
AARPLocal Philadelphia Chapter
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AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Philadelphia.
Variety Club Philadelphia
Variety Club Philadelphia
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Since 1935, Variety – The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley has continued its mission to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.

Community Experience to Challenge Excellence

What would it look like to bring the power of community voices into our instruction?

These experiences are one of the most unique aspects of our program. Each month, RPIA partners with a local community organization to co-design an experience that connects our teachers to the community in a way that pushes educators to re-envision what is possible with student voice, ownership, and empowerment in the classroom.

A student performing at Louder Than a Bomb during one of our Community Experiences

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