Weekly news updates and enrichment activities brought to you by the Netter Center team 
March 29th, 2021 

Dear UACS families,

Thank you for all your patience, trust, and understanding as we continue to collectively navigate the unchartered territory of COVID-19 closures. We appreciate everything you've done to keep your family connected to online learning and enrichment with the Netter Center. Take a look below at our Mental Health and Wellness themed issue for programs and resources! Spring Break will run Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2, 2021. During this time, all schools will be closed and there will be no instruction taking place for students. Administrative offices will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021. Click below to see information from on Grabs and Go Meals and Tech Support Centers during Spring Break. 

In the wake of the onslaught of hate crimes against Asian and Asian-American people,  please read the following statement from the Netter Center's founding director, staff, and Community Advisory Board HERE. For mental health support during this time, you can click HERE for more information on family-based services or call/text 2-833-PHL-HOPE from M-F, 10 am-8 pm to speak with a Hopeline clinician. 

Wishing you good health,
The Netter Center

Enroll in UACS this spring!

Comegys: Enroll here | More Information

Lea: Enroll here | More information

Hamilton and Mitchell: Enroll here | More information

West Philly High School: Email UACS Site Director, Corey James: coreyj@upenn.edu

Sayre High School: Enroll here

Click here for UACS Site Director Contact Information
UACS Programming
Attend the April 5th Virtual family Workshop! Click HERE to access the Zoom link [MEETING ID: 96873792005]!
Join the Service Link Help Clinic on Wednesday, 5:30PM. Click HERE to access the Zoom Link [Meeting ID: 992 9456 4277; Passcode: 294739]

What Is the Paris Agreement???

Climate change is a BIG deal. 200 countries across the globe have signed on to an agreement to reduce emissions and lessen our effect on the climate. Here's a brief introductory video about what it is created by the UACS Action Club!
Civic Youth Action Partnership is a group of Penn students who run the UACS Action Club at Comegys & Lea After School. We do a lot of fun activities-- all while learning how the rules get made, who makes them, and what we can do to make our voices heard. 

Local News 

City-Wide Updates

A new mass clinic in West Philly at The Salvation Army (5501 Market St.) will be held every Friday through April 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There are also two walk-up clinics scheduled for April 13 and April 22 at the University of the Sciences (730 S 43rd St).

Click for: City Updates

Penn Updates

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) and Penn Medicine announced that Mercy Catholic Medical Center—Mercy Philadelphia Campus has officially transitioned to the PHMC Public Health Campus on Cedar, an innovative and integrated public health campus designed to serve the West and Southwest Philadelphia communities. This public health campus has a focus on health equity and providing high-quality, community-informed, patient-centered health care and social services, including emergency services, acute care services, substance use treatment, and other social support services.

Click for: Penn Updates

School District of Philadelphia Updates 

The School District of Philadelphia is announcing several updates for students and families due to spring break, which will run from Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 2, 2021. During this time, all schools will be closed and there will be no instruction taking place for students. Administrative offices will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Click for: SDP Updates
Click here to contact Site Directors about K–8 student peer support groups!

Be Kind To Yourself: 5 Tips for Self Care

Higher Education's Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Netter Center's Dr. Ira Harkavey has co-written a book considering the various responses of universities to the pandemic, with the goal of building more sustainable and democratic societies. Click HERE to read an article about the book!
Netter Center Staff Spotlight
Community Events, Highlights & Resources

The Trevor Project 

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25. Trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386. Click HERE to learn more!

Wellness of You Inc. 

Wellness of You Inc. is a nonprofit health resource with a mission of introducing healthy lifestyle practices to individuals from medically underserved communities. Since 1966, The Wellness of You has produced programs and workshops for over 2500 people! Click HERE to learn more about their programs!

Job Training, Employment, and Volunteer Opportunities
Click Here to Access More Job Training Resources


If you are 12-24 and are looking for a summer work experience, check out WorkReady! It's a program from July-August for youth living in Philadelphia. This summer, WorkReady will offer safe in-person participation at least three days a week. Click HERE to apply and click the image for more information!
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