On Saturday, Nov. 9, hundreds of Temple alumni, students and friends beautified city gardens, cleaned neighborhood streets, and distributed coats and supplies to underserved communities. The inaugural Global Day of Service included more than 400 registrants and 27 volunteer events in 13 cities, 8 states and 3 countries.
November 12, 2013
On Monday, members of the Temple community gathered in Founders Garden to celebrate the 5th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day, in honor of the students, faculty, staff and alumni who served their country. These veterans, honored with a special ceremony and luncheon, stood as expressions of strength and demonstrations of courage on a much-deserved day of admiration.
November 12, 2013
Temple held a variety of programs and experiences this summer to help build interest and enhance STEM skills among middle and high school students. The programs covered everything from using computers and math to manage logistics, to math and engineering for girls, to building autonomous robots, to creating apps that address community challenges, to meeting a former astronaut who has walked in space.
August 30, 2013
In early August, members of POPPYN screened one of their news segments for famed director Spike Lee and other international filmmakers at the second annual BlackStar Film Festival, held in Philadelphia. An extension of Temple’s University Community Collaborative of Philadelphia, POPPYN is a youth-produced news show that seeks to include youth in the conversations about issues that affect them.
Temple is fifth among the top feeder schools to City Year, the national non-profit that enlists young people for a year of full-time service in high-need urban schools. The program works to reduce high school drop-out rates by focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance. Corps members offer in-class tutoring, mentoring programs and neighborhood service projects designed to keep them in school and on track to succeed.
Whether trying their hand at robotics or sharpening their math skills for the upcoming school year, children and teens attending summer camps at Temple Ambler have been using their vacation time to stay engaged in academics. Students ages 8 through 17 are studying engineering, film and TV, writing and many other subjects in the summertime sessions.
With a messenger bag filled with books slung over his shoulder and a colorful helmet to provide protection from the sun, junior physics education major Jonathan Dasani bikes from door to door to complete his mission: to keep elementary students reading when they’re not in school.
More than 100 Philadelphia elementary students recently paired up for foxtrot, tango and mambo dances at the Colors of the Rainbow ballroom dancing competition, a city-wide program designed to foster confidence and self-esteem in area young people. Sponsored by Temple’s Office of Community Relations, the event was held last month in McGonigle Hall.
Temple University has signed a partnership with the Philadelphia Zoo and nine other area colleges and universities to create the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Zoo CREW Scholarship Fund. The fund, which will total $1 million over the next 10 years, will provide local high school students graduating from the Philadelphia Zoo’s Champions for Restoring Endangered Wildlife (Zoo CREW) with scholarships of up to $5,000 each.
Last week, more than 30 mayors and dozens of other top elected officials attended the Mayors’ Innovation Summit, hosted by the City of Philadelphia, Temple University’s Fox School of Business and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. At the summit, mayors and panelists shared ideas on how civic innovation can increase citizen engagement, promote open government and improve services.
On Tuesday, Her Campus Temple hosted Student Health Awareness Day as part of an effort to promote wellness among students and members of the North Philadelphia community. The event featured speakers, food and contests, and a visit by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, whose foundation promotes awareness of pancreatic cancer.
During a trip to Washington D.C. last month, 30 Philadelphia middle and high school students who are part of Temple Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement's Mobile Apps/Technology Initiative heard presentations on the importance of cybersecurity from members of the White House National Security Staff, the U.S. Navy and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Ofo Ezeugwu, a senior Temple Student Government officer and entrepreneurship major in the Fox School of Business, has developed a project intended to show local school children the opportunities higher education makes possible. Through the Kids-to-College program, Ezeugwu and a rotating group of students discuss the benefits of college with children at high schools and community centers across North Philadelphia.