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Beachell Family Learning Center

the Beachell Family Learning Center staff members 

The Beachell Family Learning Center grounds the Economic Inclusion initiative of the Office of University & Community Partnerships' place-based strategy in West Philadelphia in four critical areas:

  • Adult Education
  • Workforce Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Wellness

The Beachell Center leverages the practical knowledge of Drexel's business offices, community partnerships and relationships borne from the Dornsife Center's neighborhood work, and Drexel's academic rigor to help community members complete education goals, earn family-sustaining wages, build wealth and income security, and sustain their businesses.

Meet four local residents who have used our services to find jobs at Drexel.


Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law brings a set of free legal assistance resource to the Dornsife Center, through pro bono clinics as well as the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic.

Having a criminal record is frequently an obstacle to employment, and our pro bono clinics offer criminal record expungement for eligible individuals. These clinics occur throughout the law school's fall and spring semesters; see the Dornsife Center's events calendar for dates. and free community workshops offer training, direct representation, and referrals in areas like criminal record expungement, employment discrimination and other employment-related matters, and estate planning (creating wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives).

The Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic is a set of law school courses that span the fall and spring semesters each year. Participating students carry out research on legal issues that are common in the community, and share key information resources about common legal obstacles and challenges that West Philadelphia residents face. Our students have represented neighborhood clients in court in matters like home foreclosures and job discrimination.