Students taking the course “Urban Life: Re-Examining the City through an Experiential Lens” wrapped up their class with final presentations early last month. The course is designed so that 15 students work throughout the term with 15 clients from Philadelphia non-profit LIFT. LIFT’s aim is to stop the cycle of poverty by aiding clients in finding jobs and stable housing, in addition to securing other economic equalizers. As the culmination of the course, students drafted a 50 page proposal on potential social policy improvements and gave it to Philadelphia councilwoman Jeannie Blackwell, who attended the class’ final presentation.
According to an article in this edition of The Triangle, “The class, which brought together community members and Drexel students, was the first of its kind to use the Inside-Out Exchange Model in a community rather than a correctional facility. Lori Pompa, founder and director of Inside-Out, originally created the model in 1997 to bring community members and higher education into prison and then create a dialogue across the differences.”
The guiding goal of the Inside Out model is to bring two groups of people together and create a dialogue that explores issues relevant to both groups.
For the full article from The Triangle, click here.