Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia’s 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 our students from achieving college success. The students Philadelphia Futures serves are provided with a comprehensive, time-tested array of programs designed to reduce the institutional, academic, social and financial barriers to college success.
Through its direct service programs, Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection, the organization annually serves nearly 600 high school and college students with academic enrichment services, personalized college guidance, placement and retention services and financial resources. Through its other services, including the Step Up to College Guide, Outreach Futures and the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, Philadelphia Futures provides college guidance resources to students throughout the City.
Since 1989, Philadelphia Futures has helped hundreds of students directly and thousands more indirectly achieve their dream of a college education. Through its core program, Sponsor-A-Scholar ("SAS"), Philadelphia Futures helps promising, inner-city students attending neighborhood high schools pursue higher education by providing each student with one-on-one mentoring, financial incentives, and a year-round curriculum of academic skill building and enrichment. Sponsor-A-Scholar continues its support for students once they are in college, helping them with the academic, social and financial issues they are likely to encounter.