We believe the best experiences come from participating with organizations that have grown from and remain embedded in their communities. The expertise, wisdom, and insight of these individuals and organizations become some of the most transformative elements of the Taproot program. And, working an average of 24 hours a week, you are sure to gain the experience you're looking for. 

Our current partners provide students with a range of hands-on experiences, including: 

Childhood development.
Community organizing.
Advocacy & awareness.
Family & social services.
Faith-based leadership.

And, because of South Philadelphia's unique cultural environment and our program model, all of our partners serve immigrant or refugee communities at some capacity. 

Community partners

  • New Sanctuary Movement - NSM is one of Philadelphia's most active faith-based immigrant rights organizations. Organizing rallies, educating communities on current local and national immigrant issues, connecting immigrants with resources, and engaging religious communities in the fight for justice for all are only a few of the things NSM is up to.

  • Southwark School - Southwark School is one of Philadelphia's most diverse, progressive, and quickly improving elementary and middle schools in Philadelphia. Its student body represents over 32 countries with 48% as English language learners. With a creative, driven, and compassionate principal and staff, and a booming Spanish/English dual language program and deep partnership with community organizations, Southwark is quickly becoming an inspiring example for schools throughout Philadelphia. 

  • Nationalities Service Center - With over 95 years of experience, Nationalities Service Center is one of the most effective and established immigrant and refugee organizations in Philadelphia. NSC prepares and empowers immigrants and refugees to transcend challenging circumstances by providing comprehensive client-centered services to build a solid foundation for a self-sustaining and dignified future.