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Philadelphia Futures

  • Philadelphia Futures
  • 230 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
  • Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • 215-790-1666
  • 1989

Program Description

Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization which provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Philadelphia Futures seeks to transform lives by breaking down the barriers that have historically excluded low-income, first-generation-to-college students from achieving college success.

Through its direct service programs, Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection, the organization annually serves more than 500 high school and college students offering academic enrichment services, personalized college guidance, placement and retention services and financial resources. Through its other programs and services, including its Step Up to College resources, Outreach Futures and the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, Philadelphia Futures provides college guidance and financial resources to students throughout the City.

Success Stories

For Chris Felix, Philadelphia Futures is a family affair. Chris says, "My brother was recruited by Philadelphia Futures during his sophomore year of high school. When it was my turn to go to high school, not only was I looking for a school that was reputable, but I was also seeking a school that Philadelphia Futures partnered with. I ended up going to Northeast High School and applied for the Sponsor-A-Scholar program very early on in my high school career. As an individual who enjoys planning out his life, I was so happy to find a college readiness program that was going to work with me for the next eight years." Chris credits his participation in Philadelphia Futures, including a strong mentorship relationship with his mentor, for keeping him on track during his years at Northeast High School. Now, Chris is a senior at Lafayette College, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology and Sociology, with a cumulative GPA of 3.6. Philadelphia Futures assisted Chris in securing an internship at Lincoln Financial Group in summer 2017, which resulted in an offer of employment for after graduation. In October 2017, Chris teamed up with staff members of Philadelphia Futures, Lafayette College, and Northeast High School to present on a panel at the College Board's annual forum. Chris lent a student perspective to the presentation, titled "Partnerships Between Community-Based Organizations, High Schools, and Colleges."

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 3%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 14%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 20%
  • Other: 18%
  • African American: 45%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 250
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 302
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Arcadia University (12)
  • Babson College (1)
  • Bryn Mawr College (3)
  • Dickinson College (29)
  • Drexel University (26)
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (5)
  • Franklin and Marshall College (8)
  • Gettysburg College (46)
  • Haverford College (17)
  • La Salle University (9)
  • Lafayette College (11)
  • Lehigh University (11)
  • Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus (67)
  • Princeton University (1)
  • Temple University (22)
  • University of California-Berkeley (1)
  • University of Pennsylvania (24)
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (5)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 63%