State Law Requirements
To ensure the safety of our students, state law requires that all prospective mentors participate in a state-certified child abuse and criminal record check, and an FBI fingerprint-based background check if you have not lived in Pennsylvania continuously for the last 10 years. Philadelphia Futures provides the necessary forms, submits the materials and covers the cost of the certification process. Mentors are not matched with students until certifications are received.

If you share our commitment to education and to leveling the playing field for all students, we invite you to mentor one of our promising high school students. If you or someone you know would like to become a mentor, please complete and submit the following documents: 

  1. Mentor Application
  2. Child Abuse Clearance
  3. Child Abuse Clearance Waiver
  4. Criminal Record Check  
  5. FBI Fingerprint-based Background Check
  6. Disclosure Statement

Return the application and documents to Philadelphia Futures via mail, email or fax. 

  • Mail the materials to:

Ellen Solomon, Manager, Volunteers and Special Projects
Philadelphia Futures
230 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • Scan and email the documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Fax and documents to Philadelphia Futures at 215.790.1888

Once we receive your materials, we will contact you to schedule an orientation session for prospective mentors. The session, held at our Center City office, is followed by an individual interview to learn more about you and your interest in mentoring.

If you have questions prior to submitting your application, or if you wish to receive a hard copy via direct mail, please contact Ellen Solomon, Manager, Volunteers and Special Projects, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 436.