BuildaBridge International (BI) is a non-profit arts education organization dedicated to bringing hope and healing to vulnerable children, families, and communities in the tough places of the world through direct arts-integrated intervention (social, spiritual, educational, and therapeutic) and cross-cultural service. BI motivates, enlists, trains and connects those who have the desire to serve others through their artistic gifts with those in greatest need.
The arts are an effective means to improve academic learning, build culture, develop community, and enhance personal growth and maturity. Underutilized by many churches, schools and community organizations, BI provides ideas, expertise, practical knowledge and service. The Master of Arts in Urban Studies: Community Arts Concentration is offered in conjuction with BuildaBridge.
Eastern University has partnered with Mission Year to offer the following benefits for Mission Year alumni who are interested in pursuing the Master of Arts in Urban Studies degree
Â Â Â 30% discount in tuition
Â Â Â 3 credit hours for taking Theology of Poverty through Mission Year (takes the place of Christ and the City)
Â Â Â Possible 2-3 credit hours for the 1 year of Mission Year experience (takes the place of the Leadership Practicum)
Â Â Â Mission Year students must provide 20 hours of service per semester to the Urban Studies Department
Eastern University has partnered with Young Life to offer the following benefits for full time Young Life staff who are interested in pursuing the Master of Arts in Urban Studies degree
Â Â Â 33% discount in tuition
Â Â Â Waived application fee
Â Â Â Up to 12 credit hours for taking Young Life training courses
Â Â Â Possibility of reimbursement for travel, housing and meals during residencies
Â Â Â Possibility of additional tuition assistance
Federation of Neighborhood Centers
Eastern University has partnered with the Federation of Neighborhood Centers to offer non-degree credit courses in youth development.
Â Â Â Waived application fee for all students referred by the Federation and/or enrolled in Greater Philadelphia BEST.
Â Â Â Scholarships are available through the Federation and the Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA).
Eastern University has partnered with AmeriCorps to offer the following benefits for AmeriCorps alumni who are interested in pursuing the Master of Arts in Urban Studies degree:
Â Â Â $2,000 scholarship to be awarded over the course of two years
Local Iniatives Support Corporation
Innocence Project New Orleans
West Philadelphia Corporation
Pedal Patch Community
South Florida Strong Women, Strong Girls
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Women in War Zones
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Partnership Community Development Corporation
Covenant House Pennsylvania
The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
Church World Service
Jamie Moffett Media Design and Production
Family and Children Faith Coalition
Challenge House Incorporated
Presybterian Social Ministires