Kearny Friends Planning Project

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Kearny Friends
Organization Overview: 

Founded in June 2014, Kearny Friends is a group of Northern Liberties parents and community members committed to partnering with the students, teachers, and staff at our neighborhood public school, Gen. Philip Kearny Elementary School. Kearny Elementary, located at 601 Fairmount Avenue, is a Title I school home to nearly 400 kindergarten through 8th grade students. We all believe in the importance of public education and want to see our community fully engaged at Kearny.

The group is dedicated to rectifying funding inequities typical within the Philadelphia School District and to support the teachers in providing the best quality of instruction possible. We also seek to combat negative attitudes and stereotypes about public schools, and to fully inform parents about the value of an integrated education as a public good.

Project Name: 
Kearny Friends Planning Project
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan; Marketing/Fundraising Plan
Project Overview: 

We are looking to develop a strategic and marketing plan for the group, delivered within the full context of the demographics of the school and the neighborhood, informed by the history as well as current environment of educational segregation in Philadelphia in general and Northern Liberties in particular. We seek to improve both our financial position and our community engagement, strengthening a neighborhood school by fostering diversity and geographic representation. 

Our stakeholders include the parents and extended care networks of current Kearny students – any solutions must honor the unique characteristics of the existing school population – as well as community members who support education and social responsibility in theory but have yet to do so within their own neighborhood.

Spots Available: 
Executive; Full-Time
To Apply: 

To apply for this project, please contact Cassie Tomkins at

Penn LPS

The lifelong learning division of Penn Arts & Sciences

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

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