Philadelphia University hosted students from Arise Academy, a public-charter high school in Center City Philadelphia for youth in foster care, as part of a community service project aiming to give high school students a glimpse of college life.
Over a few hours on April 29, the Arise Academy students were offered an extended tour of the campus, an intimate look at a freshman student dorm, all-you-can-eat lunch at the Ravenhill Dining Hall, an interactive session with a diverse panel of PhilaU student leaders and an inspiring meeting with Natalie Nixon, associate professor and program director of fashion industry management and Philadelphia native.
Philadelphia University and Arise Academy plan to continue their successful partnership into the future with additional events.
“The Arise students have the intense intellectual curiosity we prize in our students. We hope to see some of them back here as undergraduates,” said D. R. Widder, executive director of innovation. “We are working to build a program where PhilaU students and Arise students work together to study issues and opportunities for innovation in the city of Philadelphia. This is what PhilaU’s nexus learning is all about – active, collaborative and real world learning that is infused with the liberal arts. It makes a real impact.”
Arise Academy’s students were excited to learn more about college and asked questions about the lifestyle, habits and goals of PhilaU’s students and faculty. Students at Arise must confront difficult situations that most PhilaU students know nothing about. Bringing a few promising students from Arise to the PhilaU campus was an educational experience for both the high school and college students present.
“Our students returned to school excited about their visit, and more importantly, excited about their future,” said Albert Bichner, Arise Academy school leader. “Philadelphia University’s meticulous planning, execution, attention to detail and passion for service to others made the event a huge success.”