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

Our career exposure opportunities provide our high school and collegian scholars professional development programming and guidance.  

Career Day Hosts engage groups of 4 to 6 high school students in experiential activities to gain exposure to a variety of career opportunities and network with employees who reflect the diversity of our students.

Job Shadowing Hosts provide career exposure opportunities for collegians allowing them to observe professionals on-the-job, experience a typical work day or work week, and gain knowledge and skills related to their career interests; typically occurs during winter break (December and January) and spring break (March). For more information about hosting a student for job shadowing, please click here. 

Summer Internship Hosts connect collegians to meaningful, paid opportunities for learning and development in a professional work environment to help them fine tune soft skills and learn industry-specific knowledge that potential employers expect to see when hiring new college graduates. For more information about hosting a student for a summer internship, please click here. 

Information Session Hosts present an overview of their company and available internship/job opportunities to high school students or collegians to increase brand awareness and generate interest from applicants.

Informational Interviewers help high school students and collegians expand their professional networks by sharing information about their education, career, company, and industry in a 1:1 setting.

Career Panelists interact with groups of high school students or collegians to provide a candid view of their educational background, career highlights, and current profession.

Career Research & Exploration Course Guest Speakers facilitate an engaging, interactive presentation about their education and career path, industry specific or other relevant information about their company, or a career related topic of their choosing to a group of 45-50 rising high school juniors participating in this summer program; typically occurs in June and July.

Job/Internship Mock Interviewers conduct 1:1 practice interviews with collegians and provide structured feedback and best practices in preparation for their formal interviews with employers; typically occurs in March.

Workshop Facilitators lead an interactive session to a group of high school students or collegians about career exploration, job search and interview strategies, or a number of other career planning topics.

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.

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 ellensolomon@philadelphiafutures.org.

Apply to Become a Volunteer

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