Philadelphia Futures' mission is to provide low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. In 2011 White-Williams Scholars - with a 200 year history of serving students living in poverty - and Philadelphia Futures - with a 23 year track record of helping Philadelphia students enter and succeed in college - merged. Following the merger, the organization undertook a strategic planning process. The Plan that emerged reaffirmed the strength of our work and identified areas for smart growth.
Philadelphia Futures has a budget of $3 million and a staff of 33.
Since 1989, our Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) Program has worked with students in Philadelphia’s public schools from 9th grade through college completion. SAS high school students participate in a year-round intensive preparation program that will build academic skills, match them with a mentor, and guide them through the college application and admissions processes. SAS Coordinators support the progress of high school students and work with them intensively through enrolment in college.
The Writing Instructor will teach or co-teach a class of 25-45 college-bound high school students enrolled in a summer academic enrichment course through Philadelphia Futures. Regardless of subject matter (which might include history, literature, business, career exploration, or science), courses are designed to build writing, reading, and critical thinking skills as students prepare for the academic rigor of college work. In co-taught courses, university faculty will teach content, with the writing instructor leading a separate, but connected writing-intensive segment of the course. Courses are held 4-5 days a week for 4-6 hours from approximately July 5th-August 4th (exact dates TBD).