We believe in the power of connecting the classroom with the community.


With a mission to improve the education of students grades 3–8 in Philadelphia’s traditional public and charter schools, Need in Deed helps students increase academic and 21st-century skills through the transformative experience of service-learning that connects the classroom with the community.


We know that connecting the classroom with the community is a powerful way to unlock students’ potential and engage them in learning, and our guiding values of student voice, reflection, and real-world curriculum drive this intention.

We are committed to providing young people in Philadelphia the transformative experience of service-learning—in their schools, with their teachers, and with community partners.

Need in Deed, in its delivery of services to the community, does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, disability, medical condition, veteran status or any other protected status under applicable law.


of Network teachers reported they sustained or grew their application of students’ learning to the real world during the 2017-2018 school year.


We believe in students’ potential.

We believe in the enormous potential of every young person, and we believe that every young person deserves the best educational experience possible.

We believe in connection.

We believe in the power of connecting the classroom with the community.

We believe in teachers.

We believe that classroom teachers are best positioned to guide their students through the service-learning experience and make connections to the curriculum and academic and other skills.

We believe in equity.

We believe that every child has the right to a high-quality education. A high-quality education builds students’ cognitive, social, and emotional skills; puts students at the center of the learning experience; and connects skills and concepts to the world around them.