Need in Deed’s community partners bring the “real world” into the classroom.

Every year, across the city, individuals from local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and higher education and health institutions volunteer to step into Need in Deed classrooms. Bringing “real world” insights and expertise, Need in Deed community partners field students’ questions, listen to their ideas, and help them think about solutions to the issues they care about.

Because the students in each Need in Deed classroom identify the issue they want to explore and design their projects, the specific community partners needed in a given year varies. Therefore we recruit and maintain relationships with an extensive array of community partners.

The students’ chosen focus is what determines whether we facilitate a classroom partnership with representatives of the city’s Water or Streets departments, a police community liaison, a curator from the Zoo, a brain researcher from a university, staff from Project HOME or the PSPCA, an exhibit specialist from the Art Museum, or a representative of an antiviolence campaign.

What does it take to be a community partner?

Community partners are willing to teach and to learn.

Need in Deed community partners listen to the students’ questions and honor their unique interest in an issue.

Need in Deed staff work with community partners to help them understand the issue that the students have chosen, the angle they are pursuing, the grade level of the class, and the teacher’s curriculum goals for the project.

Each year, the individuals who serve in this way gain appreciation for the enormous potential of the city’s young people. Stepping inside the schools, they see both the challenges that teachers and students face and their remarkable achievements.

Need in Deed’s community partners bring the “real world” into the classroom.

These are some of the organizations whose leaders and staff have recently shared their experience, knowledge, and perspectives with Need in Deed classrooms and our Teacher Network.

24th Police District
Amanecer Counseling/Columbia School of Social Work
Angels in Motion
Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia
Broad Street Ministries
CeaseFire PA
Chestnut Hill College
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Violence Prevention Institute
CLIP/Anti-Graffiti Network of the City of Philadelphia
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Coded by Kids
Columbia School of Social Work
Community Legal Services
Congreso (East Division Crime Victim Advocacy Program)
Cradle to the Grave (Temple University)
Educating Communities for Parenting
EMIR Healing Center
Ethical Choices Program
Fairmount Behavioral Health
Fairmount Water Works
Free Library of Philadelphia
Friends Hospital
Goldring Re-entry Initiative
Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Homeless to Home (Southeast Pennsylvania Mental Health Associates)
How I Decide
Hunger Coalition
IBX Blue Cross Innovation Center
Jefferson University Mindfulness Institute
John Heinz National Wild Life Refuge at Tinicum
k Yoder Design
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful
Kroc Center (Salvation Army)
Liberty Lutheran Services
Mayor’s Commission on Women
Mazzoni Center
Mending Spirit
Minding Your Mind
National Museum of American Jewish History
National Park Service
Nationalities Service Center
New Sanctuary Movement
Newspapers in Education
Northwest Victims Service Center
Peace, Love and Dog Paws
Penn Environment
Pennsylvania Hospital
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Center
Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Pennsylvania State Police
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Philadelphia Department of Streets
Philadelphia Education Fund

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management
Philadelphia Police Academy
Philadelphia Police Department
Philadelphia Research Initiative (The Pew Charitable Trusts)
Philadelphia Student Union
Philadelphia Water Department
Philadelphia Zoo
Philly Children’s March
Porch Light Program
Project HOME
Puentes de Salud
Queer Food Brigade
School District of Philadelphia, Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Stroud Center
Synergy Group
Temple University Department of Adolescent Psychology
Temple University School of Medicine
Temple University Law School
Thomas Jefferson Hospital
University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and Social Policy
Up Against the Law
Valley Youth House
Village of Arts and Humanities
Women in Transition
YeYe Yoga
Youth Build


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