November 9: City-wide 'Shadowing Day'

On Thursday, November 9, ninth grade high school students will be matched with volunteers from the University's faculty and staff to observe and participate in the workplace activities by following their assigned employee mentors for one day. These students get a first-hand look at the everyday working world. A partnership between One to One Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Education for Employment makes Shadowing Day possible. Penn participated in Shadowing Day last year and it was a great success. The high school students are on campus for about four hours. To volunteer to make a difference call 898- 2020.

Mentoring Shaw Students

Penn faculty and staff are being sought by Penn VIPS to mentor about two dozen 8th grade youth from Shaw Middle School. The program which will normally take place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will begin on Tuesday, November 21 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The program continues through May 23. Group learning activities are planned from 10-11 a.m., and for the remaining two hours the mentor and mentee meet one-to-one to explore educational and career opportunities, or just to talk and reinforce the life skills they will need to survive. If there are enough volunteers, the program will be expanded to include youth from Sulzberger Middle School. An orientation session and training will be provided beforehand. To become a mentor, workshop facilitator, guest speaker or to help with field trips, call 898-2020.

-- Bonnie Ragsdale, Staff Assistant to the Executive Vice President