The Penn Futures Project is a Social Impact Accelerator bringing together three professional schools at the University of Pennsylvania, the Graduate School of Education (GSE), the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), and key partners to collaboratively address pressing social issues that affect Philadelphia’s most vulnerable young people and their families.


We strive to identify solutions to some of the most intractable problems that compromise youth and families in Philadelphia.


• Improving child welfare, health and learning outcomes that impact the social well-being for youths and families;
• Creating sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with communities and city service providers;
• Developing scalable, cost-efficient models of interdisciplinary research and community-focused interventions;
• Collecting and analyzing data that can inform and link government policy and private sector stakeholders as well as future interventions and research endeavors;
• Drawing strategically on faculty expertise and strengthening collaborative networks among the three schools and national convenings; and
• Re-imagining graduate education, with an emphasis on applied learning, mutually reinforcing stakeholder partnerships, and interdisciplinary collaboration that can serve as a model for institutional, community, and government coordination at a local and national scale.