Learn and Serve America: Higher Education as Guides to the Credit Path

In 2009, Drexel University received funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Learn and Serve America program (CNCS-LSA) to support the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) project to fund service-learning partnerships in the areas of economic recovery and self-sustainability. The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement has has focused on two areas from from this grant: Student Leadership in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, and Student Internships in 2010-2011.

In 2009-2010, the Lindy Center released a request for proposals to student organizations in the Drexel Bridges network to take part in economic recovery projects. As part of the training and on-going support student organizations receive through the grant, the Lindy Center developed a series of leadership workshops that links the Lindy Center more closely with its campus partners in the Office of Campus Activities and their Creating Excellent Organizations (CEO) program. The Lindy Center funded six projects from this competitive process. To read brief abstracts of their projects, please click on the organization’s name:

The Drexel University Triathlon Team

In support of their mission of offering opportunities for Drexel students to perform as club athletes in Triathlon, Duathlon, and relay tournaments, the Drexel University Triathlon Team has as part of its mission to promote healthy lifestyles. As part of their funding strategy, they sought to support the Back-On-My-Feet homeless advocacy and running program. They would both sponsor the organization as a partner as well as run alongside its clients as a method of promoting self-reliance and eventual self-sufficiency.


As Drexel’s Collegiate Radio Station, WKDU has as part of its public mission to provide public affairs coverage to the Drexel community. Their funding strategy offered non-profits across the city of Philadelphia (especially those whose activities move their clients along the Credit Path) with a voice by producing public affairs segments featuring interviews with executive directors, volunteer coordinators or other communications professionals.

Phi Kappa Psi

Phi Kappa Psi, a social fraternity founded on a dedication to community service, applied for funding through this grant initiative. The brothers of Phi Kappa Psi will engage with LIFT-West Philadelphia to serve the residents of the community by providing much needed services including help conducting job searches, access to benefits, and housing assistance.

The WW Oakes Society

The WW Oakes Society of the Physicians Assistants Program of Drexel University partnered with the Salvation Army and their Red Shield Family Residence to create a sustainable program that offers residents enrichment programming and other services including a playground for the children of the residents at the center.

Pi Kappa Alpha

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