PhilaU Students Mentored Local Students for May 4 Showcase on Homelessness

PhilaU student Antonia Robinson '17 assists with sewing  scarves with a hidden pocket for homeless teens.

PhilaU student Antonia Robinson ’17 assists with sewing scarves with a hidden pocket for homeless teens.

Assisted by Philadelphia University community service work-study students, Impact Philly will hold its final showcase on the issue of homelessness on Wednesday, May 4, 9 a.m. to noon in the Kanbar Performance Space.

Since Impact Philly’s inception in fall 2015, PhilaU students have mentored students at Mercy Vocational High School’s (MVHS) Business Education Program, sharing their skills in graphic design, communications, business and finance, and fashion design.

“As beneficial as it is for our community partners to reap the rewards of the talents and service that our Philadelphia University students share with them, it is equally valuable for our students to share the skills they learn in class with younger students who can benefit from their guidance and expertise,” said Louise McShane, PhilaU coordinator for community service.

MVHS has benefitted tremendously through the partnership with PhilaU, said Mary Ruskey, business education instructor at the nearby school.

“PhilaU students provided the mentorship, creativity and skills to complete projects that in previous years would have lacked the resources to come to fruition,” she said. “During this school year, our business education program was assisted by PhilaU students to tackle the issue of homelessness in Philadelphia. The goal is for MVHS and PhilaU students to empower themselves and apply skills through giving back to others.”

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