For over a decade, the Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC) has been working with school and community leaders, policy makers, and a diverse group of stakeholders around the common goal of providing high quality programming and youth development opportunities to school aged youth in neighborhoods across Southeast Philadelphia. Working collaboratively with youth and adult partners, SEPC has helped nurture and empower thousands of young people to be leaders and positive contributors in their schools and communities.
At the core of SEPC’s current work are its efforts partnering with the School District of Philadelphia, the leadership teams of several neighborhood schools, and dozens of community organizations to ensure each school is a place where students have access to all the supports they need to lead healthy, productive lives. Serving as the Lead Partner, SEPC staff seeks to implement a sense of shared accountability for student success, coordinating the efforts of the many community supports available to the students of these schools and ensuring that all partners are working collaboratively toward the established vision of the school.
All six of these schools sit within Philadelphia’s most ethnically diverse population of school aged youth. At five of the six schools, over 20% a of the students enrolled in those schools are English Language Learners, many of whom are from recently resettled refugee families; these families arrive from a variety of home countries with over 25 native languages and dialects. These circumstances bring a myriad of challenges to both the students and staff of these schools. Each institution has several external partners who provide support to students and their families in the areas of language development and academic remediation, post secondary planning and preparation, the arts and athletics, as well as a variety of neighborhood-based social services. As the Lead Partner, SEPC’s charge is to ensure that all of these partners are working collaboratively and efficiently in supporting students, that student data is effectively shared and analyzed, and that relationships with new partners are developed to fill service gaps and to ensure that all students are receiving the appropriate services to support their transition to postsecondary success.