b'Futures News Feed The 31st Edition of the Step Up 0 to College Guide Virtual College Information Sessions For more than 30 years, the Guide has been a criticalcollege-going resource for high school students, families, and youth-servingprofessionals with a wide range of information andresourcesfrom understanding college admissionoptions, to writing application essays, from conquering the FAFSA to making the right college fit decision.Although many college campuses have been closed to Not only will Step Up to College be available to students visitors since April, our students have been actively engagingthrough the print edition, there is also a digital versionwith colleges through a variety of online programs. Overof the Guide that students and their college prep teamsthe summer, colleges and universities increased andcan access. Find it atwww.stepuptocollege.org . improved their virtual engagement opportunities,offeringstudents virtual tours, essay workshops, Q&A sessionswith college deans, student panels, and more. Studentsalso took their own initiative, seeking out virtual tours andinformation sessions at colleges that interest them. Afterattending, students had to submit a reflection to recordtheir participation. Three students exceeded expectations,attending over 25 sessions each!The Bundle Up ChallengeFirst-generation-to-college students are currently facing extra challenges as they navigate this pandemic while makingsure they have the resources necessary to be successful in college. The Philadelphia Futures Bundle Up Challengeaimed to eliminate some of these challenges by raising money for college essentials such as laptops, gift cards for books and travel, and dorm needs.Watch Philadelphia FuturesBoard Member and AlumnaeCheck Out #FuturesFridayFeature Katrina High speak about On Fridays, we feature a Philadelphia Futures high school the Bundle Up Challenge, student, collegian, alumni, or staff member who is doing as well as her experience as aincredible things and highlight their accomplishments. former Philadelphia FuturesRead their stories and follow upcoming ones at scholar, on the PHL17 #FuturesFridayFeature on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,Morning News by visiting:and Linkedin. bit.ly/PFonPHL17.Career Futures: College Internships The Career Futures Summer Internship Program connects Philadelphia Futures collegians to meaningful opportunities for learning and development in a professionalwork environment. Students had the opportunity to work with organizations and businesses, such as Lincoln Financial Group, Facebook University, and the ResearchUndergrad Experience (REU) at Lehigh University, to name a few. Learn more atbit.ly/PFCareerInitiatives.3'