Philadelphia Futures is proud to release our 2013–2014 Annual Report. At a time when the need for our services had never been greater, the foresight of our Strategic Plan, the strength of our staff and the generosity of our donors had our organization well-positioned for growth.
“A Year of Smart Growth” reports our program and financial results for the 2013–2014 year. It was, on all fronts, a very strong year.
Philadelphia Futures has released its landmark 25th Anniversary Edition of Step Up to College: Philadelphia’s Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions and Financial Aid Processes – a 66-page resource book designed to lead Philadelphia’s high school students and their families through each stage of the college admissions and financial aid processes, from test preparation and identifying college choices, to writing application essays and understanding financial aid, to transitioning to college life. In conjunction with the Step Up to College 25th Anniversary, Philadelphia Futures is introducing new Step Up to College resources in a variety of digital media formats, including the Step Up to College Video Series and www.StepUptoCollege.org website.
At a time when college guidance services have been severely reduced in Philadelphia’s high schools, the Step Up to College resources will be critical tools for students, families and youth-serving professionals. Philadelphia Futures is distributing 45,000 print copies of the Step Up to College Guide – without cost to remove any barriers to access – to every high school in Philadelphia, branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia, government offices and community-based organizations. The new Step Up to College digital media resources will, throughout the year, bring updated content from the Guide to the Philadelphia community.
1. Step Up to College Video Series
The three, 20-minute videos cover critical aspects of the college admissions process: Preparing for College, Understanding College Fit and Applying to College. The videos are accessible on the new Step Up to College website and YouTube channel. PowerPoint presentations are also available on the website. The videos are designed to be used in the classroom, in community-based settings or for students and families to view directly on their own.
The Step Up to College website can be found at www.StepUptoCollege.org. In addition to housing the Video Series, the website features a college-going calendar, updated monthly tips and listings of Philadelphia-based and online college-going resources.