Penn Project for Civic Engagement: Current Projects

For more information on PPCE's projects, please contact Linda Breitstein at (215) 898-1112 or

Our Kids…Their Future: 
Strengthening Pottstown's Children and Families for a Brighter Future

In 2014, PPCE conducted a series of four community forums with the Pottstown School District. These forums engaged parents of children ages pre-K through third grade in conversations to determine their needs and values, and how the school district can more effectively work with families of young children. This project was funded by a planning grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Nuestros hijos...Su futuro: 
El refuerzo de los hijos de Pottstown y familias para un futuro más brillante

En el año 2014, PPCE llevó a cabo una serie de cuatro foros de la comunidad con el distrito escolar Pottstown. Estos foros comprometidos los padres de niños edades pre-kinder hasta el tercer grado en la conversación para determinar sus necesidades y valores, y cómo el distrito escolar puede más trabajar con eficazmente con las familias de los niños pequeños. Este proyecto fue financiado por una subvención de planificación de la Fundación W.K. Kellogg.

Ready for Next Time? Rethinking the Shore After Sandy

 The Penn Project for Civic Engagement will work with WHYY and several partner organizations to hold five public forums where a good cross-section of stakeholders who care about the Shore think deeply about the choices involved in rebuilding after the storm.

Our goal is to produce a set of touchstone principles for leaders, communities and individuals to use when grappling with the cascade of decisions that will face them not just this year, but for years to come; principles that address not just how to clean up from the last storm, but how to prepare for the next one.

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Recent Projects

Community Forums To Inform the Upper Darby School District (2013)

The Board of School Directors of the Upper Darby School District has asked the Center for School Study Councils and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement to develop and implement a process to gather community input into budgeting priorities for the 2013-2014 school year. The project will involve community forums during which participants work through a set of budget choices facing the district. We will take the priorities and rationale that emerge from these forums and give them to the board to respond to and include in their deliberations.

Benjamin Franklin Parkway Action Plan (2012)

PPCE partnered with PennPraxis and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation to hold four community engagement meetings focused on developing a community-driven, 3-5-year action plan for development on the Parkway. The goal of the action plan is to develop short-term projects that will make the Parkway a friendlier space for those who live and work nearby.

Forums to Inform the Search for the Next Leader of the School District of Philadelphia (2012)

PPCE and The United Way recently conducted a series of community engagement forums to solicit public comment and discussion of the proposed initial criteria for the next leader of the School District of Philadelphia. To see how the School Reform Commission and Search Committee used community input to inform their work, below please find links to the final report and criteria for the superintendent, and reports of the individual forums.

Past Projects

Click here for a list of PPCE's past projects.