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Student Initiatives

Our students are some of the greatest assets to our school and community.

Community Champions

Our student-led Community Champions program—which comprises 11 initiatives—brings Penn Nursing students out of the classroom and into the greater Philadelphia community to share their skills and learn from their experiences. 

One program, Dance for Health, offers free dance fitness classes aimed to empower community members of all ages to take their health into their own hands through an activity that is easily accessible, free, and enjoyable. This program not only gets the blood pumping, but also provides the opportunity for nursing students to mentor high school students, while evaluating the impact of the activity on the participants.

Other initiatives include diabetes awareness and asthma outreach programs that, in collaboration with Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, teach children prevention methods and give them the tools to manage these conditions and potential complications.

One of our most popular programs, The Fruit Stand, is a joint effort with Netter’s Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative that demonstrates to elementary-age children how to eat well and manage a business by selling fruit.

Community Champions also engages with older community members, including a chair-dancing program created by the nursing students at MercyLIFE — West Philadelphia, a program that provides health care services and socialization to allow older individuals to live in their homes as long as possible.