Through our direct service programs, Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection, Philadelphia Futures annually provides more than 500 high school and college students with critical support and resources to achieve their dream of a college education through academic enrichment, gender-specific programs, and career awareness activities; personalized college guidance, placement and retention services; and financial resources. SAS matches each student with a long-term volunteer mentor, who provides a positive role model and opens doors to new social and professional networks. Each SAS student also is paired with a sponsor, who contributes $7,500 to invest in the student's college success.
Unique in their depth and duration, our intensive, individualized programs support students through college completion. Our College Retention and Success services offer personal and academic guidance and financial resources throughout college. We also help students connect their academic credentials to the workplace and graduate school opportunities. Our groundbreaking strategic partnerships with eight colleges and universities provide students with financial resources and customized on-campus services to support their services.
Outreach Futures brings our expertise and resources to the broader Philadelphia community. We work with high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations to deliver college admissions and financial aid information to students and families. The core component of Outreach Futures is the annual publication of Step Up to College: Philadelphia's Guide to the College Preparation, Application, Admissions & Financial Aid Processes. To remove any barrier to access, Philadelphia Futures distributes over 40,000 copies - at no cost - to Philadelphia high schools, libraries and community-based organizations. Social media and text alerts connect students, families and educators to college admissions and financial-aid material year round.
Philadelphia Futures is the administrator of the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, which annually awards over $1 million in financial resources to young women of limited financial means living in single-parent households to prepare them for college success.