The success of Philadelphia Futures’ students demonstrates what can be done with the commitment and generosity of a community that believes in the power of education and the importance of college access and success. We invite you to explore the many ways that you can make a difference in the life of a scholar.

Academic Tutoring

Tutors work one-to-one with scholars, or in small groups, throughout the school year in our office on week days from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, on subjects such as biology, geometry, physics, and writing.

Literacy Initiatives

Our Real Scholars Read volunteers work with our scholars throughout the academic year to help build reading and literacy skills. They lead small group discussions, facilitate read-aloud sessions, and work one-to-one with students on reading comprehension. Real Scholars Read takes place at the Field Teen Center at the Main Library at 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Career Exposure

Career Day is an opportunity to expose high school scholars to the world of work and to provide motivation and knowledge as they continue on their journey to college and career success.  Participating students range from grades nine through twelve, vary in terms of career awareness, and have limited exposure to professional work environments. Prior to Career Day, scholars participate in a series of professional development workshops related to communication, networking, and industry and career exploration. Career Day hosts are individuals and businesses across the city that host scholars for a day of shadowing, enabling them to explore a variety of career options.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Club Advisors lead or help to support regular (weekly, biweekly, or monthly) enrichment sessions on subjects such as Robotics or Speech and Drama.

Career Panelists speak to students about the pathways to success in various fields at scheduled career events throughout the year.

Remote Writing Coaches assist scholars with writing college admission and scholarship essays through the use of technology.

Mock Interviewers prepare scholars for college admission, internship, and job interviews.

Translators support activities, meetings, events, and publications to help make sure our messaging is inclusive and understood by all families.

Checks & Clearances

In order to work with our scholars, all clearance certificates must be current and in place. Below are the two links that will allow you to acquire your certifications:

1. Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check
2. PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance

If you are already in possession of clearances, providing copies is certainly acceptable. Certifications must accompany all volunteer applications.

For FBI fingerprinting, here is the process: 

  • Visit this link.
    • Click on the “Digital Finger Printing” Icon
    • Enter service code: 1KG6ZJ
    • Click “Schedule or Manage Appointment”
    • Enter requisite personal information (follow the prompts)
    • Select a time & location for your appointment

Please send your certificates and applications to Ellen Solomon at

Apply to Become a Volunteer

If you would like to become a volunteer, please complete this online volunteer application.