Getting Involved

The success of Philadelphia Futures’ students demonstrates what can be done with the commitment and generosity of the supporters and friends who share our belief in the power of education. We invite you to explore the many ways you can help our students take their place in the world.

Become a Mentor

Mentor

Our Sponsor-A-Scholar Program is grounded in the belief that a caring and committed adult can make a significant difference in the life of a student. We recognize the profound impact that a mentor can have on a student's chance of graduating from high school and completing college. Mentors make a long-term commitment to their students and are matched with students in the 10th grade and work with them through, at least, their first year of college. Many relationships last a lifetime. Learn more about mentoring.

Sponsor a Student

Sponsor

Create a powerful incentive for a Sponsor-A-Scholar student to stay in high school and prepare for college. Sponsorship funds cover basic college-related needs such as books, school fees and transportation. The cost to sponsor one student is $7,500, payable over five years. Of that amount, $6,000 is disbursed directly to the student on a semester-by-semester basis once he or she is in college. Learn more about sponsorship.

Make a Financial Contribution

Your financial contribution will allow us to offer essential services to our students, including after-school classes, summer academic enrichment programming, individualized college guidance, SAT prep, college trips and ongoing staff support in high school and college. You can designate your contribution to fund a particular program or activity. Checks should be made payable to Philadelphia Futures, or can be made safely online. We hope you will partner with us by investing in Philadelphia's future.

DonateNowButton

Philadelphia Futures
230 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tutor a Student

Volunteer to provide weekly, one-on-one or group academic tutoring to high school students in an array of subject areas, including writing, reading, math and science.

For more information about becoming a tutor, 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.

Become a College Guidance Volunteer

Volunteer and work with Philadelphia Futures' staff in providing one-on-one support to students as they navigate the college admissions process. Help high school students draft their college essays, complete their applications and apply for financial aid.

For more information about becoming a College Guidance Volunteer, 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.

Provide Career Exposure, Internships and Jobs

Internship Opportunities

The students we serve often lack the social and professional networks available to their more affluent peers. Accordingly, they have very limited access to internships and other meaningful employment opportunities. Our high school and college students are in need of internships and jobs during both the academic year and summer months. If your company or organization identifies opportunities that would be appropriate for our students - in areas such as business, healthcare, law, social work, science or education - please contact us.

To help level the playing field for our collegians, each summer we also have a Career Futures internship initiative. With partner companies and organizations, Philadelphia Futures collegians are placed in paid Career Futures internships, for a minimum of 25 hours per week for six weeks. If you are interested in hosting one or more Philadelphia Futures collegians in a Career Futures internship during the summer, please contact Amy Perez, Director of College Retention and Success, at 215-790-1666 ext. 448 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Providing career exposure is also a great way to help our students. You can help students prepare for the workforce by conducting mock interviews and assisting with resumes.

Create a Scholarship or Award Program

Scholarship and Award Programs

If you or your organization is interested in engaging Philadelphia Futures to create or manage a Scholarship or Awards Program, and for inquiries about our consulting services, please contact Kimberley Lewis by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 447.

Become a College Partner

Philadelphia Futures has formed significant relationships with a number of area colleges and universities. We have several groundbreaking partnerships with institutions that provide students with academic and personal support and financial aid for college. In addition, we rely on a strong network of partners to offer intensive summer, on-campus academic enrichment experiences and a full range of college exploration activities including campus visits, workshops in college selection, admissions and financial aid and the opportunity for dual enrollment in college-level courses. Learn more about becoming a college partner

Recommend a Student

A student’s success in our Sponsor-A-Scholar or College Connection Program often begins with the teacher or counselor who recognizes that student’s promise and potential. Philadelphia Futures works closely with high school leadership and staff to identify students, and we are most grateful for the support we receive from the educators who routinely nominate eligible students for participation. Learn more about nominating a student for our Sponsor-A-Scholar or College Connection Program.