The Career & Civic Engagement Center invites student volunteers to a community resource guide generation solveathon. This year, we are partnering with Project HOME’s Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC) to address the health and wellness needs of North Philadelphia residents. SKWC offers many types of medical services and, to support their mission, the Career & Civic Engagement Center will be creating a comprehensive neighborhood resource guide that incorporates nearby organizations positioned to meet participants’ additional needs.
We will be doing this through a series of community solveathons. Traditionally, a solveathon is an event where people come together to brainstorm solutions to current challenges within a specific field. For this project, we’ve adopted a similar approach and hope students can work together in a collaborative environment while learning more about the greater Philadelphia area. Volunteers will help compile the information about resources that will eventually be shared with the wider North Philadelphia community.
During the four sessions of the event, students will work individually or in groups to research organizations that meet a variety of public health needs. For example, if my group was researching maternal healthcare, I would research maternal health organizations within the zip code of interest and make note of the address, contact information, how to get there via bus or on foot, etc. Volunteers will have access to a collaborative document where students will compile this information over the course of the sessions. This data will then be aggregated and used to create a website accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
These solveathon events have been intentionally designed as a one-off event in the hopes that more students will be able to commit to participating. While this is not a regularly occurring commitment, we hope that your involvement will lead to more long-term participation. For follow up questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.