Helps with college preparation and awareness to students in low-income communities. Starts in 6th or 7th grade and goes through high school- 215-400-4130
School District of Philadelphia’s Office provides resources and guidance to Philadelphia’s students to persue their dreams. Provides resources on college preparation and career development- 440 N Broad Street, 2nd Floor, Portal A- call 215-400-4200.
The Young Scholars Program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Call 703-723-800 for info. www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/young-scholars
The Ellis Trust provides financial assistance for school needs, extracurricular programs, summer camps and/or high school tuition for high-achieving girls in grades 9-12 who reside in Philadelphia. Eligible girls are from single parent families who meet federal reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines. Call 215-790-1666, ext 442 with questions.
Philadelphia Futures prepares students from low-income families to enter and succeed in college by providing mentoring, academic enrichment, college guidance and financial incentives. Also publishes Step Up to College, a guide to the college and financial aid application processes that is distributed to all high school students; the Guide also is available free of charge on request.- 230 S. Broad St, 7th Fl-215-790-1666
From Philadelphia Futures. All the info you need to prepare for, choose and pay for college. Click below for info
Various locations throughout the city for motivated lower income students to help them achieve their goals of college graduation. Various universities/colleges work with students at select high schools Click on the one that manages your high school. Must apply in 9th or early 10th grade and be the first generation to finish college.
University of Pennsylvania (Overbrook, Parkway West, Sayre, West Philly)
CCP Trio Upward Bound (Ben Franklin, Edison, South Philly, West Philly)
Temple University (all high schools)
Harcum College (Bartram Motivation High School, Communications and Technology High School)
Gwynedd Mercy (Hallahan , Little Flower, Neumann/Goretti High School, West Catholic, Roman Catholic)
The University of Pennsylvania’s College of General Studies offers a special opportunity for academically exceptional local junior and senior high school students to take college courses with Penn students and earn full college credit-call 215-898-7326.
The College Access Centers are free and open to the public. Services to adult and school-aged individuals are provided by trained staff members committed to helping make college a reality for anyone interested in higher education.
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Suite 700 215-665-1400
Great info on steps necessary to get into college from 9th grade to adulthood. Call 215.686.0315 for more info or go to site below.
Offers up to $2,000 for graduating high school seniors to help pay first year college expenses. Call 267-507-1690 or go to website to start application
Questbridge helps connect the brighest low-income students to America’s best universities and opportunities. Check out their website for info.
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Search for info on colleges, how to pay for college, and how to prepare. Go to website below.
Gateway to College at Community College of Philadelphia is a scholarship program for School District of Philadelphia students, ages of 16-21, who have dropped out of school but have a desire to get back on track and earn a high school diploma and college credits. Call 215-751-8246 or go online for an application.
A one-stop resource to help students meet their academic, financial aid, and career planning needs- 1-800-692-7392
PYN helps Teens connect with jobs and job training especially during summer months. 400 Market St.
Suite 200 Call 267-502-3800 or 267-502-3742 and ask for listing of jobs/internships or go to www.workready.org
For more info on PYN click here www.pyninc.org
The ‘Summer in the City’ High School Internship Program is a paid six-week internship.
Applicants must be Philadelphia residents and rising juniors (sophomore to junior year), rising seniors (junior to senior year), or students who have graduated immediately before the summer for which they are applying. Applicants must be able to commit to 20 hours per week for 6 weeks from early July to mid August. Must be 16 years old.
Call 215-686-2138 for info or go to website.
The Junior Music Executive Program is an entertainment industry based initiative created to encourage high school students to go to school, graduate, and be successful by exposing them to careers in the music business. Call 267-935-9JME for info.
Volunteer program for teens 14-18 at the Philadelphia Zoo. To learn more click http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer/ZooCREW.aspx
Teens 4 Good, a program of the Federation of Neighborhood Centers, is a youth entrepreneurial produce and nutrition business that transforms vacant lots into urban gardens/farms, improving access to healthy food for communities, creating meaningful jobs for at-risk youth and empowering youth to become healthy responsible young adults and leaders who give back to their communities. Call 215-989-3566 for info.
Powered by the United Way, VolunteerWay lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in the Delaware Valley. Check out the website below for listings that fit your needs.
Match your interests with volunteer activities in your neighborhood. Go to website below.
Multiple volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia for more info
Do something is a teen/young adult website where people learn, listen, speak, vote, volunteer, ask, and take action to make the world a better place. Dozens of volunteer, fundraising, and important national and international issues are featured on this site. Sign up and DO SOMETHING!
Join HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH from across they city to lift up your communities and change the world! buildOn City Wide members do intensive COMMUNITY SERVICE locally and globally. You get to make a positive difference while making friends, learning about global issues, and helping your community. Call for 508-395-9703 or go to website. www.buildon.org –
This is an online resource for students to connect with each other, mentors and non-profits for giving back to those in need through service projects. Students can also track their service hours online for school. Check it out!
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Job training for EMT, Pharm Tech, Home Health Aide, Medical Assistant, Culinary Arts, facility Maintenance. Free program for 16-24 year olds. No diploma needed. Help with GED as well. Call 267-386-2888 or visit website at philadelphia.jobcorps.gov
CHOICE provides information, counseling, education, and referrals to free or low cost reproductive health services including pregnancy options and testing, emergency contraception, birth control, and STI and HIV testing and information throughout Philadelphia and surrounding counties. CHOICE Hotline 215-985-3300/Toll Free 1-800-84-TEENS/Spanish 215-985-3350.
Click here for birth control options including Long Acting Reversible Contraception
Info on sexually transmitted infections, how to protect yourself and FREE CONDOMS!! throughout the city or mailed to you. Great website below that also has a resource guide for that lists resources in Philly that helps teens be safe and successful.
The Council’s mission is to ensure access to high quality, comprehensive, reproductive and related health and prevention services to primarily low-income individuals and families. Free clinics throughout the city. Call (215) 985-2600 for info.
Great website that compares birth control methods and where to get free contraception. Go to bedsider.org
The mission of Planned Parenthood is to protect and enhance reproductive freedom and to increase access to reproductive health care. Provides birth control; prenatal care; STD screens; and sexual health education- 1144 Locust Street- 215-351-5500 other locations, click here
Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk. Call (215) 985-4448 for info or visit their website for location at fight.org
Non-profit, community based social service organization which provides professional, individualized care to people with HIV/AIDs in Philadelphia- 1216 Arch Street, 6 th Floor 215-981-0088
Provides info on AIDs/HIV and STDs, family planning- 215-985-AIDS
Bebashi a full-service HIV/AIDS case management agency with a special interest in serving low-income people of color with HIV disease. They also have support groups for teens. 1217 Spring Garden St 1st Fl- 215-769-3561.
A national resource for teens to improve sexual health and education. Great handouts/videos/social media.
A one stop shopping resource center to help 16-21 year olds reenroll in diploma or GED programs. Call 215-400-6700 or visit the center at 440 North Broad Street Suite 1013 7:30-6:00 pm M-F
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Click below to get listing of alternatives to traditional high schools for out of school youth or those looking for alternatives. Listing from Project U-Turn. http://www.pyninc.org/projectuturn/reconnecting.php or from school districts website http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/r/alternative
Click here for GREAT Alternatives to Traditional High School
Out of school? Want a high school diploma or GED? Call 267-502-3800 for info
Helps out of school youth acquire the necessary skills and work experience to make the transition into adulthood. Programs include: mentoring; college readiness; community service; GED; tutoring and support groups. 5 locations:
E3 Center City 112 N Broad Street, 12th Floor |267-238-3180
E3 North 2800 N American Street | 215-7638870 ext. 7260
E3 Southwest 5407 Grays Avenue | 267-299-2509
E3 West 4111 Lancaster Avenue | 215-387-2134
Intensive Prevention Services is an early intervention program for children and adolescents ages 10-17 years old who demonstrate high risk behaviors or at risk behaviors. This site based program provides after school programming, community service opportunities, mentoring, recreational activities, work preparation programs,social and emotional skills building, and family therapy.Address: 2700 N. 17th Street, Suite 200 Lehigh Pavilion Philadelphia, PA 19132
Phone number: 215-940-0550. http://paan1989.org/intensive-prevention-services-ips-2/
Call Cease Fire to stop violence from happening 215-913-6917. Go to www.philaceasefire.com to learn more.
Provides a wide range of services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Philadelphia- 255 S. 16 th Street- 215-545-4331
● Free medical care offered for individuals aged 14-24 years old.
● No appointment or insurance required.
● HIV testing and counseling offered, along with risk reduction tips, health education, and information on our safe school programs.
● Other services include: food, tokens, hyigene kits, assistance with benefit applications and housing, mental health, education and vocation referrals
● Legal, dental and vocational referrals also available. For more information call 215-563-0652 x 323 http://mazzonicenter.org/youth-drop-in
Provides Legal advice to LGBTQ youth Phone: 267-546-9200
Organization for LGBTQ persons of color. 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 910 215-832-0100
LGTBQ resource advocating for the Latino community. 149 w. Susquehanna Ave 19122. (267) 457-3912
Connects LGBTQ community with Health Insurance and other health related resources.
The Main Line Youth Alliance (MYA) provides gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender questioning youth and straight allies, with social educational and supportive activities in a confidential, respectful and safe environment. MYA programs, unique in the Philadelphia’s western suburbs, encourages healthy relationships with peers, family and community. MYA meets every Friday evening from 7:00pm-9:30 pm at the Central Baptist Church in Wayne
PFP offers family-centered social events, support groups, parenting workshops, educational forums, information and resource referrals, and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ families in the Greater Philadelphia region.
Summer camps, employment and educational opportunities for Philly’s youth from K-12th grade.
Amazing, comprehensive resource guide for Teens and Young Adults from CLS and PLA Resources in this guide include: child care and early learning, domestic violence, drop-in centers, drug and alcohol treatment, education/career, family planning/reproductive health, food resources, general health services, housing/shelter, legal services, mental health services, parenting education, teen parent resources, other resources. Click here for guide and go to clsphila.org/learn-about-issues/youth-justice for info and amazing fact sheets.
Click here to have your high school student sign up for a FREE STAMP pass to museums/gardens/zoos in Philly.
Are you between the ages of 18 and 26? Have you been incarcerated in Philadelphia? Do you need help getting your life back on track?
24-hour hotline- 215-686-4420
Loveisrespect is an organization that provides 24/7 telephone, online, and texting hotlines to support teens and young adults in abusive relationships or settings in additional to educational materials on healthy relationships and abuse. Information is also available for abusive partners. Call the hotline at 1.866.331.9474, text “loveis” to 22522, or chat and/or locate resources at www.loveisrespect.org
Covenant House Pennsylvania operates a 51-bed Crisis Center that provides emergency shelter and a host of support services through our Open Intake Policy. Any youth under the age of 21 in need of a place to stay is admitted, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 31 East Armat Street-call 215-951-5411
Crisis Text Line serves young people in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, 24/7, emotional support and information they need via the medium they already use and trust: text. Just text “START” to 741-741
Info also at crisistextline.org
Click on this link to help you reduce stress in your life. A resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
TeenHealthFX.com is your online resource for any and all questions regarding your health, your relationships, your body and your sexuality
YES’ year-round open entry program combines enticing media and art activities with proven counseling models, GED preparatory classes and job-readiness training. Call 215.769.0340 for info.
An innovative youth development and sexual health program for adolescents in Philadelphia- offers peer health advice, case management, counseling, STD testing and family planning, free food and beverages, showers, free cloths, legal advice from a public defender- 1417 Locust, 3rd Floor- 215-564-6388
Through the United Way, Girls, Inc. is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of girls through advocacy education and direct services including one to one mentoring relationships. Offers after school programs, family strengthening programs, SCOH services, and mentoring- 1515 Market Street, Suite 1200- 215-735-7775
This is a comprehensive, community-based human service agency, that includes the following programs for teens: Boys and Girls Club; after-school programs; summer camps; and recreation programs West Philadelphia – 215-386-4075 North Philadelphia – 215-763-0900 South Philadelphia – 215-218-0800
Youth programs at PhilyCAM offer an open creativity studio that provides access to media equipment and other tools that help Philly youth to explore various forms of film/video. Through participation in our programs youth will make and share media that challenges commercial norms while promoting creative expression, critical thinking skills, and community participation. We welcome students ages 14-21 to find out more email Ariel@phillycam.org call267.639.5481or go to phillycam.org
A friendly, simple tool to guide people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness and compassion. Help reduce stress and increase focus, anywhere. Phone, web. Click below