The Philadelphia Inquirer

Homeless baby boomers a fast-growing presence in U.S. cities

If current trends continue, the number of aging homeless people will more than double in three major metropolitan areas by 2030, straining social and medical services, a report released Tuesday concluded.

Dennis Culhane, a social policy professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice who was principal investigator of the study, said the team found that it would be “cheaper to provide a housing solution” than to continue allowing aging homeless people to spend too much time in hospitals and nursing homes because they have no other options.

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Penn Today

Can music improve anxiety and depression for people with memory disorders?

The program is called “Creative Expression through Music,” and gives Penn Memory Center (PMC) patients with any level of cognitive impairment, from mild decline to Alzheimer’s disease, the chance to interact with Curtis Institute musicians in a comfortable setting. Some iteration of the collaboration has occurred for the past four years, initiated by Curtis’ Mary Javian, but this is the first classroom-based session that includes Curtis undergrads, Penn graduate students, and PMC patients. Based on the pilot program’s success, two additional seven-week sessions will begin later in January.

“It was about presenting PMC patients with an opportunity to engage in music in a way that’s enriching and stimulated them to improve their quality of life,” says Volpe, a second-year master’s student in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). “That’s something to get behind.”

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Homeless for the holidays: Some colleges keep needy students on campus

Over the last few years in Pennsylvania, a handful of schools have created dedicated programs to assist students transitioning out of foster care, says Sarah Wasch, program manager of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Right now, six schools in Pennsylvania have on-campus support programs for former foster youth, and another nine are developing them, according to Wasch’s research.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

How to make your end-of-year donations have impact all year long

The end of the year is giving season, and that includes charitable giving. Why do donors give? Because someone asks us. Or we give because of social pressure, to honor a loved one, to thank an organization that influenced us. But often we’re moved to give because we want to make a difference in the world. When the goal of giving is to do good, that’s philanthropy for social impact. When you seek to do as much good as you can, that’s practicing high-impact philanthropy. Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, and adjunct faculty at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, offers advice on how to give confidently and most effectively.
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Penn Today

VAWA renewal is overdue—but approval is contentious

The landmark 1994 legislation—the Violence Against Women Act—is up for reauthorization, and includes a firearm-related provision. Susan B. Sorenson, the faculty director of the Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships and a professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice weighs in.

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The Chronicle of Social Change

Want to Help Poor Children? Give Their Caregivers Cash

The level of inequality in the U.S. is far above that in other rich countries. The poorest 10 percent of Americans get a mere 1.6 percent of total cash income, own earnings and government transfers included. In comparison, France and Sweden’s poor receive more than twice as much. Economist and assistant professor Ioana Marinescu examines how these economic factors impact child welfare—and how we can address it—in a recent Chronicle of Social Change article.

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Penn Today

Adamseged Abebe is one of two Inaugural Global Rhodes Scholars

University of Pennsylvania senior Adamseged Abebe of Gondar, Ethiopia, has been awarded an inaugural Global Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. He is one of two chosen from countries around the world for the new honor, which allows exceptional students who are from countries not historically eligible.

Abebe is enrolled in a sub-matriculation program that will allow him to complete his bachelor’s in health and societies from the School of Arts and Sciences, along with a master’s in non-profit leadership from the School of Social Policy & Practice.

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The Philadelphia Tribune

‘Fair work week’ bill continues to wind through City Council

The legislation aims to bolster worker protections for an estimated 130,000 workers in Philadelphia at certain businesses, such as mandating some employers to issue work schedules more than a week in advance and providing compensation for last-minute alterations in some instances.

The legislation primarily would help low-wage service workers with unpredictable schedules, said Roberta Iversen, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Selecting a Pool of Bold Ideas

How do you evaluate the most impactful, meaningful proposals? Lindsay Kijewski and Anne Ferola discuss how Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy goes about it,

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SP2 News

Jack B. Lewis

Alumni Stories

What I Did With My DSW Degree: Jack B. Lewis

For years, social work professionals have furthered their careers as innovators, educators, and leaders in the field with degree programs...

Adamseged Abebe and Penn President Amy Gutmann

Student Life

NPL Student Named Inaugural Global Rhodes Scholar, Sets Sights on Development

Penn World Scholar. Perry World House Student Fellow. Paul Robeson and Anna Julia Cooper Scholar. Lipman Family Prize Fellow. Founder...

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Faculty & Research

New Report Predicts Aging Homeless Population Will Nearly Triple by 2030

Experts Discuss Solutions to Offset Instability and Costs The population of individuals who are homeless and elderly is expected to nearly...

Rumyana Kudeva

Student Life, Alumni Stories

DSW Without Borders: How One SP2 Alumna Steered a Global Course to Success

From winning the green card lottery in Bulgaria to securing a teaching appointment in Australia, Rumyana Kudeva, DSW ‘15, is proof...

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