Seniors Contniue Community Service & Pursue Interests
Wharton Global Consulting Group
by David Kolansky ’12 & Noah Cohen ’12
The Wharton Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) is a real-world course given within the curriculum of the Wharton M.B.A. program. Established in 1978, this unique program pairs teams of Wharton M.B.A. students and faculty with teams from partner universities in Africa, Australia, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Peru, Spain, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates to consult with a client company (either profit making or non-profit social impact) interested in entering or expanding its position in the United States or other world market. The goal of the program is two-fold: to provide exceptional learning value to the students and innovative, operational plans which add value to clients. GCP is designed to bridge Penn's academic curriculum with the international business world. Each team is typically comprised of five Wharton MBA students and five students from other leading international business schools. The teams are supported by faculty and teaching assistants from management consulting and broader industries. “We wanted to participate in this program,” share David and Noah, “because we are interested in international relations and global initiatives, and this hands-on experience was challenging and rewarding in so many ways.”
Habitat for Humanity Phila
by Doron Shore ’12
I chose Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia for my community service. I enjoyed myself a lot and it was a great learning experience. I volunteered and helped build a house on 1900 Morse Street on the corner of North 19th and Morse Streets. My main job was hammering in nails for the first floor and the walls. I also helped move around walls and put walls up. I also volunteered at the new Habitat ReStore, organizing donations to be sold to help fund Habitat construction. I chose to volunteer at Habitat Philly for my community service because I wanted to really get my hands dirty and do some physical labor. I also wanted to make a true physical contribution to a community in need. After coming home one day from work, my mother explained how the first floor that I helped build is going to be a place where a family will have children running around, Thanksgiving dinners, birthday parties and so many more important family events. I am really proud about my contribution to the North Philadelphia community. Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is a great organization to work with, and I am very glad I chose to dedicate my time and efforts to this organization for my community service.
The Ladybug Project
by Jordana Roat ’12
As part of my community service, I'm setting up a school supplies drive to benefit the Ladybug Project, a nonprofit organization that undertakes innovative education and healthcare projects in three countries by connecting over 200 volunteers who impact over 2,000 people in Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, and Madagascar. Whenever possible, Ladybug Project volunteers work closely with the local community. The Project will have permanent advisory boards in Equatorial Guinea by the end of 2012, in Madagascar by the end of 2013, and will continue working with a local NGO in Ghana to help focus the organizations’s work. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of people around the world and was inspired by the mission of the Ladybug Project and its leadership. I was also struck by the fact that students in the three countries do not have pencils or notebooks, supplies we take for granted. They would be grateful for the used supplies that we discard at the end of school. That is why I am running an end-of-year school supply drive at Barrack. All Barrack students and parents are invited to contribute used and new school supplies to children who benefit from the work of the Ladybug Project. Click here for a flyer and details. Thank you!