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.

Our Founder’s TEDx Talk About the Power of Community

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.
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.
Asian Arts Initiative
Asian Arts Initiative
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Connecting cultural expression and social change, Asian Arts Initiative uses art as a vehicle to explore the diverse experiences of all communities which include Asian Americans.

We Love Philly
We Love Philly
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We Love Philly empowers students with positive community experiences and essential professional skills through mindfulness, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, ownership, and content creation.
Philadelphia Young Playwrights
Philadelphia Young Playwrights
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PYP has partnered with educators to bring the transformative power of playwriting into classrooms and community settings across Greater Philadelphia.
Travis Manion
Travis Manion
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TMF strives to unite and strengthen communities by training, developing, and highlighting the role models that lead them. They develop programs, training opportunities, and events designed to empower veterans and families of the fallen, and then inspire them to pass on their values to the next generation and the community at large.

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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