January 23, 2020
Meet Janet Riley-Ford, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Chester
Janet Riley-Ford is the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Chester and an alumna of Widener University’s Master of Social Work program. The Boys & Girls Club is a recreational center, meeting place for other nonprofits, and a place where youth can learn and grow as individuals through technology, sports, the arts, gardening, and other educational programming. It served more than 1,000 children last year with member programs, partner programs and special events.
January 23, 2020
Apply to be part of the Civic Engagement and Global Leadership LLC!
Gearing up for fall 2020? As part of this LLC, first-year students will have an experience like no one else at Widener. Members will grow as some of the strongest leaders on campus while making a difference in Chester and beyond. Activities include service trips, leadership workshops and more!
December 02, 2019
Giving Back to My City: Kennedy Jones '21

When I was growing up, my mom emphasized the importance of giving back to a community – whether you’re visiting for two weeks or living there for two years. She sparked my desire to serve others.

Naturally, at Widener University, I chose tourism and hospitality management as my major because of the prominence placed on creating memorable experiences for people. I learned that civic

September 28, 2018
Do you want to create something big and bold right on the streets of Chester, PA? Chester Made is offering competitive mini-grants to aspiring Tactical Urbanists to design and implement an original project in the City of Chester - if you have an idea don't hesitate to apply!
May 30, 2018
Italian-American Heritage Festival Volunteer Opportunity
The 9th Annual Italian-American Heritage Festival will take place from 11-6 on June 10th, 2018 at Rose Tree Park in Media. The festival features excellent food, top-rated entertainment, and activities designed to involve attendees of all ages.
April 18, 2018
Please join Chester Made for a talk and workshop with Rebecca Yamin this weekend! All faculty and students are encouraged to attend
February 08, 2018
Taste of Chester Vendors-Supporting our local economy
This past Monday, February 5th, the Office of Civic Engagement hosted the Taste of Chester and Volunteer Fair. The purpose of this event is to encourage Widener students to support our local economy. There are fantastic restaurants and places to volunteer right in our town! Get connected today!
January 31, 2018
Chester Made invites you to join us for a community history talk and workshop facilitated by Laura Barraclough, Yale professor experienced in city remapping and reclaiming places of resistance in your own community. Community History Talk and Workshop Yale Professor Laura Barraclough works with communities to recover stories about ordinary places likely to be ignored or even erased from history. Explore the relationships between power and place through this Friday night talk and Saturday workshop, and contribute to the cultural assets map that is changing narratives about Chester. All faculty, students and staff are encouraged to attend.
January 12, 2017
A series that provides instruction in using teachable moments with youth with culturally and age appropriate content. Topics cover sexuality, puberty, gender identity, relationships, and bullying. A great opportunity for individuals who plan to work with youth in any capacity!
December 15, 2016
Schmutz Student Engagement Mini Grants: awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be made annually to support undergraduate student-led Chester-focused projects developed in collaboration with a Chester community partner to meet community needs; projects must be supervised by a faculty or administrative staff mentor; with the agreement of a supervising faculty member, the project may be pursued for academic credit as an independent study; applications must include a project proposal and associated budget; projects are potentially renewable. Application process – Any undergraduate student is eligible for apply for support for a project in Chester that has been collaboratively developed with a community partner and for which a faculty or administrative staff member has agreed to serve as supervisor. The application should include a description of the project, including its objectives, a timeline for its completion, and the amount of funding being sought (up to a maximum of $1,000) and its intended use. The application should also include statements of support from the community partner and from the project supervisor. Applications are due by December 19th, with an announcement of awards made in January 2017. Applications will be reviewed by committee. Please submit all application materials electronically to Gretchen Mielke, Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement at gkmielke@widener.edu.

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