The Penn Futures Project is a partnership between three professional schools at the University of Pennsylvania—the Graduate School of Education, the School of Nursing, and the School of Social Policy & Practice—to address the challenges facing marginalized children and their families. It pioneers a bold, integrated approach to issues like poverty, mental health, healthcare access, and educational equity.

Launched in 2015, the Penn Futures Project was born of the knowledge that solutions to our country’s most complex challenges require a multifaceted approach. Rather than continue to seek answers for vulnerable populations in isolation, faculty, students, and staff are working on cross-professional teams, identifying synergies and learning how education, healthcare, and social well-being intersect in practice.

The project is also fostering innovative collaborations with community organizations, local businesses, and government agencies across Philadelphia. The success of the initiative will make the University of Pennsylvania a national hub for integrating public data, which is currently collected and analyzed by field, so that it can be used more effectively in the service of children and families.

The Penn Futures Project is a model for graduate education around the country. It represents the future of professional practice and strives to improve the lives of Philadelphia children and families, enriching neighborhoods and our city as a whole.