Weekly news updates and enrichment activities brought to you by the Netter Center team 
November 9th, 2021 

Dear UACS families,

Letters from Netter wishes you a happy fall! Please see below for more information about UACS and community updates, resources, and fun events!
Wishing you good health,
The Netter Center

UACS Programming

Netter Center Vaccine Town Hall

Netter is hosting a vaccine town hall aimed at parents of elementary school students at our UACS elementary schools. The vaccine town hall will be hosted by doctors from CHOP's Alliance of Minority Physicians. The town hall will be virtual and on Tuesday 11/09 at 7 pm. Click HERE to register. 
Local News 
City-Wide Updates
Every year, the city recognizes National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week right before Thanksgiving. 
Click below to read more about how the city is supporting people experiencing homelessness.   
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Penn Updates
A year after its installation at the gateway to College Green, acclaimed artist Simone Leigh’s Brick House received its warmest welcome this past weekend as part of Homecoming 2021. 

Click below to learn more!

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School District of Philadelphia Updates
The School Selection Process allows students who are entering Kindergarten through the 12th grade to apply to a school other than their Catchment School, the school that connects to your family’s home address.  Students can apply to up to five (5) different School District of Philadelphia Schools.
Click below to learn more about this update!
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Bridges to Wealth Highlight

Bridges to Wealth's Bodine students are learning how to invest early! Bridges to Wealth took an in-depth look at Robinhood today, an investing app that makes it easy to start selling and trading stock from anywhere, anytime. Learn how to invest with Bridges to Wealth! 
Our weekly investment seminars take place on Thursdays at 6 pm and are FREE! Please contact Jill Bazelon, Ph.D., Bridges to Wealth Program Director, at gbazelon@sas.upenn.edu or 215-746-8947 for more information. 
Community Events, Highlights & Resources

High School Application Process Resources for Current 8th Graders!!

Students and families can visit the links below to get more information about the high school application process.
The Philadelphia School District School Selection Homepage (HERE) includes information about deadlines and application requirements
Steppingstone is hosting High School Selection Info Sessions
- The last scheduling of this event will be Saturday, November 13th at 10 am on Zoom 
- There will also be a session in Spanish at the same time. 
- If you have any questions, contact Stephanie Andell, College Access and Equity Senior Director at sandell@steppingstonescholars.org. 
- All sessions are hosted at the link HERE!
Great Philly Schools is Hosting Events for their Annual Philly HS Fair
- Click HERE for the 2021 Philly High School Fair Homepage where you can explore your high school options!
- Click HERE to see events for the fair that will be hosted by high school students. 


The City is coordinating with Lyft and SEPTA CCT to provide FREE rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments to Philadelphia residents 65 and older as well as those with access or functional needs. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian. More information can be found by calling 215-586-3006. 

West Philly Restaurant Job Fair to Help Local Businesses Connect with Jobseekers

Many local restaurants have been experiencing staffing shortages as a result of the pandemic. To help local businesses fill open positions, University City District (UCD) is hosting a West Philly Restaurant Job Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 11 am to 4 pm Click HERE to read more about this event!
Job Training, Employment, and Volunteer Opportunities
Click Here to Access More Job Training Resources

Propel America

This is an opportunity for recent high school grads in your community and network who are looking to gain skills and enter the workforce quickly, all while earning college credits.

Propel America could be the perfect route to a well-paying job and opportunities for advancement. Their program offers recent high school graduates (18-24) a space to learn important career skills and train for a career as a medical assistant within 6 months.

At the end of that training, they are guaranteed a job interview with Penn Medicine. Accepted students who go through their program pay zero tuition and they receive 30 quarter hour college credits and a stipend to cover some costs incurred while studying.
·  Attend an info session (required) by November 29
·  Applications close: December 6
·  Propel orientation: Week of January 3 & 10
·  College orientation: January 11
·  Coursework begins: January 18
Click HERE for more information!

WPSI Recruiting Patient Services Associate

Who should apply?
Compassionate, patient-focused, and computer-proficient individuals with experience in customer service. Experience working in a call-center is a plus. Commitment to the full training schedule (below) is required:
- Facilitated group conversations via Zoom, Mon - Fri, 9 am - 12 pm, 11/29 - 12/20
- Additional one-on-one and small group virtual meetings several times a week between 1 pm – 3 pm
- Approximately 2 hours of daily reading and reflection exercises
This is a virtual program, so consistent access to a laptop or desktop computer, broadband internet, a webcam, and a word processing program like Microsoft Word, Google Documents, or similar are required to complete the training.

In this program, they offer:
- Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 97% of graduates finding employment.
- A $150 weekly stipend while in training at WPSI.
- The opportunity to interview for open, full-time Patient Services Associate positions at a Penn Medicine call center starting at $15.99/hr.
Click HERE to apply! Application deadline Friday, November 12th, at 5 pm.
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