Need in Deed staff members are seasoned, experienced experts in the field of education.

In addition to our work throughout 3rd-8th grade classrooms in the School District of Philadelphia, we also contribute to educational impact around the region.

Here are some examples of our collaborations, partnerships, research and contributions:


News, Articles and Publications

WHYY: Education Equity Forum in Germantown addresses funding disparities in Philly public schools

CHALKBEAT: Nonprofit helps Philly students discuss Israel, gun violence, and other tough topics

College & University Collaborations

Swarthmore College:

  • Ongoing research in collaboration with 1st-3rd year Need in Deed teachers, conducted by Dr. Lisa Smulyan
  • Swarthmore Fellows for Philly Schools: Undergraduate program led by Need in Deed’s former Summer Intern, DaCia Newkirk, ’24
  • Host of annual Summer Institutes for Philly Teachers
  • Ongoing placement of undergraduate teacher candidates in Need in Deed classrooms

University of Delaware:

  • Host of annual Shout Out! for Need in Deed classrooms in Delaware
  • Ongoing research in collaboration with experienced members of the Need in Deed Teacher Network, conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Soslau

Customized Services

Our customized, fee-for service initiatives are highly interactive and tailored to each setting and need.

We offer a limited number of customized services each school year in a variety of settings, including K-12 public, parochial, and independent schools and districts in our region and around the country. We have also supported the adaptation of the My Voice framework for service-learning in collegiate settings.

We look forward to sharing our knowledge with others who want to learn about Need in Deed’s highly transferable model.

All income from fee-for-service initiatives helps fund our no-cost work with teachers and students in The School District of Philadelphia.

Interested in customized services?

We offer trainings, workshops, and consultations tailored to your school or district needs:

  • Implementing service-learning with My Voice
  • Incorporating community resources in the classroom; cultivating relationships with a broad range of partners in local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and education and health institutions.
  • Mapping service-learning to the curriculum
  • Technical support for planning and implementation
  • Workshops/Consulting on Systems Change in Independent Schools


  • Healthy Communities Delaware, DE
  • Lightbulb Literacy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Shue-Medill Middle School, Newark, DE
  • Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, Harrisburg, PA

Contact Us

To discuss custom services or to be added to our waitlist for the 2024/25 school year please contact Associate Director Janet Chance at

All fees for our services are determined by the type of service to be provided, the location, the number of people to be accommodated, and the length of the service period.