b'Philadelphia Futures provides direct service and community impact programs designed to support Philadelphias low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. We transform lives by breaking down the barriers that have historically excluded these students from achieving college success.Join us as we focus on the futureour students.Focus on Our Students FuturesCollege Access and College Success: Community Impact:Sponsor-A-Scholar and College Connection Outreach Futures, Step Up to College, and the Charles E. Ellis TrustSince 1989, the Sponsor-A-Scholarprogram has provided direct services to low-income, first-generation-to-collegeThe Outreach Futuresinitiative brings our skills, expertise, students starting in 9th grade through college graduation.resources, and networks to the broader community. Working Sponsor-A-Scholar is a comprehensive, individualized, time- in collaboration with high schools and community-based tested college access program serving motivated studentsorganizations through workshops, professional developmentattending Philadelphias public high schools. Students receivesessions, and print and digital media, Outreach Futures oersthe support, resources, and opportunities they need to becritically needed information about the college admissions admitted to and graduate from college. and financial aid processes to Philadelphia students and theirThe College Connectionprogram oers personalized college families who otherwise would not have access to these services.guidance and support to driven students attending Philadelphias Now in its 31st year, one of Outreach Futures essential oeringspublic, public charter, and parochial high schools. Students are is the Step Up to College Guide available online and in print.admitted in 11th grade and have access to a range of resources Step Up to Collegealso oers an array of digital resources, and one-to-one support to help them navigate the collegeincluding a free mobile app, videos, and social media pages.admissions process, transition to college, and earn their degrees. Philadelphia Futures serves as the administrator of the CharlesAs our students matriculate to college, they transition to ourE. Ellis Trust for Girls, which provides grants to young womenCollege Successprogram. Students work with an advisor who of limited financial means who live in single-parent households,supports the scholars through their college years with ongoing, to help them enhance their high school experience and prepareintensive, individualized guidance on academic, personal, andfor postsecondary success.financial issues, navigating obstacles before they become barriersto success.1'