Check out the following community organizations to enhance your high school experience and beyond.
After School Recreation
4Smart Girls Only is a Philadelphia based mentoring program, whose mission is to educate, empower, and enlighten the lives of female youth through enrichment programs, and a wide range of services. They provide one-on-one mentoring to help girls feel comfortable to be able develop and shine. Additionally, 4Smart Girls Only Foundation hosts group activities which give their youth the chance to create a sisterhood bond, be involved with the community, and to make lasting connections.
AFAHO provides culturally & linguistically sensitive health, human, and educational services to African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees in West and Southwest Philadelphia. AFAHO’s African Youth Empowerment Program (AYEP) is an after-school program for African and Caribbean refugee and immigrant high school students created to empower the targeted youth to improve their educational and health outcomes, while equipping them with skills to become self-sufficient, civically engaged, and healthy young adults.
Phone Number: 215-546-1232
ASAP is committed to helping our partners provide engaging virtual enrichment programs while they prioritize the health of safety of all students and adults involved. Our four initiatives (Chess, Debate, Drama and Scrabble) engage students in activities that complement classroom instruction, strengthen communities, and broaden students’ horizons. Contact us today for more details!
The Attic Youth Center works to create a safe space, community, and opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth and youth allies. They help shape youth into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults. The Attic provides after school activities, assistance seeking housing or jobs, a space for youth to express their identity, and caring and compassionate adults to talk to. The programs available assures that the youth who participate are growing and thriving.
Concilio provides critical human service programming to the Latino community in Philadelphia, through programs such as foster care, adoption services, housing, youth development and after-school programming, and children’s immunization outreach for the City of Philadelphia. Concilio is also an art and cultural convener for the community’s most significant and historic events.
Concilio is offering the following programs for high school students:
- Test Preparation
- Essay Writing/FASFA Workshops
- Homework Help and Tutoring
- Field Trips
- College & Career Exploration
- Community Service & Volunteering
- College Virtual Trips
- Relationship Skill Building
- Scholarship Search and Application Assistance
Congreso de Latinos Unidos is a non-profit organization who uplifts individuals and families in predominantly Latino neighborhoods to achieve economic self-sufficiency and well being. Congreso provides programs focused on the Latino community. They are client-centered and use a data-driven perspective to establish their relationships with the intended population.
Since 2002, Dream Camp has run year-round OST programming for low-income Philadelphia youth ages 6-18. The mission of the ESF Dream Camp Foundation is to transform the lives of underserved youth through innovative year-long programs that nurture the individual, educate the mind, and inspire the spirit.
The Free Library of Philadelphia works to improve literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. They aspire to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning. The Free Library provides an inclusive public space available to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Within these spaces staff provide educational resources, help with homework, English Language Learning, support job searches, and more!
The Philly High School Choice website guides students through a series of questions to display schools that match their priorities and needs.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our programming – in partnership with schools, communities, youth-serving organizations, and our offices – focuses on the development of the whole girl. A combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment and research-based programming equips girls to lead fulfilling and productive lives, breaking the cycle of poverty and becoming role models in their community.
Quiz Bowl is an unique extracurricular that strives to go beyond the high school curriculum! It is an academic competition in which teams of students collaborate to commit to a competition on a toss-up of questions. Practice material is available for free online through interactive question search programs. Students who are intellectually curious are given the opportunity to apply what they learn in school and build their leadership skills.
The Main College-Bound Program (MPG) is projected to serve 100 youth ages 10-18 for program year 2020-21, in a culturally based enrichment program. Fundamentally, the program prepares youth to graduate from high school and matriculate into the college of their choice. The program consists of five principle workshops: Roots, Trends, Leadership Training, Girls/Boys Talk and College Preparation over a 29-week period on the North Philadelphia Office. MPG offers an opportunity for youth to explore Multicultural American History, examine current trends in the urban community and engage in activities to foster successful admission and matriculate into the college of their choice. This program takes the “long view” of development by beginning to prepare youth at age 10 and helps them build their academic skills and college readiness.
Classes begins on October 3, 2020 with rolling admission.
Mighty Writers teaches kids ages 3-17 to think clearly and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life. Last year, Mighty Writers reached 3,300 students. They focus on reaching many more kids in hard-pressed neighborhoods all over the area because for them, the clock is ticking. Tomorrow is today. It’s why they focus so intently on getting kids on their road to glory now.
Since its inception, North10, Philadelphia has provided the young scholars of Hunting Park and East Tioga a sense of belonging through out-of-school-time programming housed at the Lenfest Center. North10 is proud of our deep relationships with community members. This program was developed based on direct feedback from residents and therefore reflects the needs of the students in our neighborhood. North10 learned that a program is needed to: Prepare students and their families for increased virtual learning and ensure that adequate technology is in place; Address learning gaps from the sustained time outside of the classroom; And, just as critically, reinforce a sense of community that has been absent since the the pandemic began.
Philadelphia Futures is driven with the idea that college is the key to economic self-sufficiency and satisfying life. The organization has made its mark on the lives of thousands of students by providing financial resources necessary to support their academic goals in high school. The overall goal of Philadelphia Futures is to assist and motivate low-income, first-generation college students using the appropriate tools and opportunity to promote admission and success in college.
Rock to the Future provides student-driven music programs in a safe and supportive environment at no cost for Philadelphia youth. The new 2020 virtual programs keep youth connected, creative, and engaged from home and are available for grades 3 – 12. Classes include instruction on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, making music on a computer, protest songwriting, collaboration with professional musicians, music scoring, and more. One-on-one academic tutoring and college and trade school help is also available. Students will be given an instrument and all supplies needed to join, no experience is necessary, there is no cost, and we can provide assistance with technology training and needs. Rock to the Future believes music education should be accessible for all youth!
Phone Number: 215-302-9633
Focused on building socially responsible young leaders in Greater Philadelphia, Youth Action is a no cost program that offers engaging and intense leadership/service- learning workshops on Saturdays 2-3 times out of month (10am-12pm; this year’s program will begin virtually) for middle & high school aged youth focused on civic history/participation/current events, service project planning, communication, meeting facilitation, agenda planning, professional/internship etiquette, budgeting, group dynamics, networking and additional leadership skill-sets.
Application Instructions: Select Junior Youth Action for 7th and 8th grades. For 9th and 10th grades, select Inspiring Leaders Program.
Phone Number: 888-Youth90 ext 906
Chalkbeat Philadelphia (formerly the Philadelphia Public School Notebook) is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. Check out the latest school news on the Chalkbeat website, social media and newsletter.
The PA Coalition of Public Charter Schools strives to be a resource serving the needs of all PA charter schools by encouraging positive internal and external communication, advocating for shared goals, and promoting the highest standards for all public schools. Their objectives include advocating for reform-minded school lawa; promoting the public charter school movement; establishing working relationships with other education reform organizations. The PA Charter Coalition is supported by families, community leaders, and business leaders.
Supportive Older Women’s Newtork (SOWN) is a pioneering non-profit that supports older adults and their families. SOWN provides the support grandparent caregivers need to promote their grandchildren’s positive development, school readiness, academic success, and a bright future. Their GrandFamily Resource Center (GFRC) provides a comprehensive range of services including grandparent support groups, individual counseling, a multi-generational family literacy program, healthy living workshops/activities for families, and more.
Vetri Community Partnership works to provide culinary and nutrition education programs to over 20,000 people of all ages throughout Philadelphia and Camden. This organization uplifts children and families to lead healthier lives through hands-on experiences, education, and fresh produce. Team members encourage coefficient, great tasting meals and preparation.
City Commissioner Lisa M. Deeley serves as chair of the Board of Elections, which oversees voting and elections in Philadelphia. Our office can help you register to vote, apply for a mail-in ballot, and provide many voter resources for the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election.
Phone Number: 215-686-3460
Pennsylvania Residents: Register for a mail-in ballot.
Scholarship & Financial Support
Built on strong values, Charles Ellis for Girls is a program in place to help young women and single parent households accomplish their educational goals. By doing this, grants are awarded to Philadelphia high school girls in single-parent households who are in need of aid to complete their education. The program provides coverage for basic school needs such as school supplies, uniforms and basic apparel. The Charles Ellis Trust for Girls aims to give hope and motivation to high school girls aspen to continue their education.
The College Funding Coach works with schools, businesses, churches, synagogues and community organizations to create interactive workshops to educate and assist parents through how to navigate financial aid. In doing so, coaches help families correct inefficiencies and use dollars that can be redistributed towards college funds. The College Funding Coach offers group advising workshops or one on one meeting.
School District of Phila.
The Charter Schools Office (CSO) helps families make informed decisions about charter school options. The CSO also monitors performance and promotes high standards in Philadelphia’s charter schools while preserving charter school autonomy and protecting the rights of students and families.
Email: Submit a question.
Phone Number: 215-400-4090
The Office of Career and Technical Education provides additional learning opportunities for School District of Philadelphia students to develop professional skills or and provide intensive training and instruction outside the traditional classroom curriculum. In selecting to enroll in a CTE Program, students have an opportunity to receive training in a specific career pathway in several career areas.
There are over 120 CTE programs currently offered in over 30 high schools in the District. Students enrolled in these programs acquire both technical and academic skills by industry professionals, using state-of-the-art equipment in over 40 occupational areas.
Email: Submit a question.
Phone Number: 215-400-4130
The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is dedicated to creating and supporting partnerships among schools, families, and community. As a central resource for family engagement, FACE strives to engage and inform parent leaders and families as essential partners in helping students achieve academic proficiency, and college and career readiness.
Phone Number: (215) 400-4180
The Office of Specialized Services works within The Office of Academic Supports and other school district departments to support the appropriate implementation of programs for students with disabilities.
These services include: Learning Support, Emotional Support, Autistic Support, Life Skills Support and Multiple Disabilities Support. Speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing support, vision therapy, and transition services also are provided to eligible students requiring these related services. A broad array of supplementary aids and services to support students’ needs includes communication devices, assistive technology, and pre-vocational opportunities.
Phone Number: 215-400-4170 (M-F, 8:30 am-4:30 pm)
The Opportunity Network provides non-traditional/alternative educational options for out-of-school youth, students who are significantly at risk for dropping out, and students who are subject to disciplinary transfer or expulsion. The Opportunity Network offers several different program types, giving students a variety of options for completing their graduation requirements. We put students “Back On Track” towards high school graduation!
Email: Submit a question.
Phone Number: 215-400-6700 (M-F, 9am-3pm)