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Big Picture Philadelphia invites individuals and groups to visit and volunteer at each of our schools: Vaux Big Picture High School and el Centro de Estudiantes. Each has its own unique character and event offerings. If you are interested in any upcoming event listed below, click on the event name for the registration page. As the year progresses, new events will be listed, so check back often to see how you can get connected and be involved. Visitors are always welcome, and volunteers are always needed. For additional information, or with questions, please contact Chris Petersen in the Development Office at
Vaux 101 Tour: The Vaux 101 Information Session and Tour is offered regularly on the third Friday of each month from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Vaux BPHS is a Philadelphia neighborhood high school in the School District of Philadelphia partnered with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and other community agencies. A full tour of the historic building is given, plus engagement with staff and students. 
Demo Day, Fall 2018: Preparing for an internship interview can be a brand new, and sometimes intimidating experience. Gateway students at el Centro (students who are in their first trimester) spend the first month of their trimester exploring their passions and interests. They assemble their portfolio and present it to a volunteer interviewer at Demo Day. The volunteer has a prepared set of questions and a rubric to identify strengths and weaknesses of the students' interviewing skills. Demo Day is from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Thursday October 11th at el Centro de Estudiantes, and volunteers are asked to interview at least two students, or participate for one hour. 
Interest Exploration 2018: From the first day a student enters one of our schools, Real World Learning is emphasized. This begins with exposure to individuals, organizations and companies that work in fields students are interested in exploring. The Interest Exploration has three components: 1) Interest Exploration Fair of tabled presenters for students to get information and ask questions; 2) Breakout Sessions for a deeper dive into select interest areas; and, 3) Mock Interviews one-on-one between a volunteer and student. If you are interested in presenting your work to students, or participating in a practice interview, please register for this event. The Interest Exploration Fair is Thursday October 25th from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Vaux BPHS, and volunteers are asked to participate for at least one hour.
El Centro 101 Tour: The El Centro 101 Information Session and Tour is held on the first Friday of each month from 9:00-10:00 a.m. El Centro is an accelerated high school in the School District of Philadelphia that offers a full diploma program for students who have previously disengaged from high school. Guests will hear from students and staff about this unique and innovative program with an 80% graduation rate.
Vaux BPHS Open House: Designed for middle school students and their families. Please make time to drop in on a Wednesday afternoon in October from 3:30-6:30 -- come meet us, tour our beautiful school, and find out what we have planned for next year! Choosing your high school is a huge decision, and we want you to learn all about what we have to offer before you make your final decision.  Please click the photo above to RSVP!
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