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 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
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
Click links below for more info:
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.
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
Youth Outreach Adolescent Community Awareness Program, a project of the Urban Affairs Coalition, has several trade options like Carpentry, Finishing Trades Institute (FTI), Plumbing & Electrical that will help males and females gain entry into the building trade. 16-24 year olds with HS Diploma of graduating in the Spring. Call 215.851.1968 today to enroll.
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) 982-2115 for info.
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 –
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
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 or text “AskItMatters” to 66746 http://accessmatters.org
Teen and Young Adult Center
The Teen and Young Adult Center, located at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, aims to equip ALL teens and young adults with the tools to make well-informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health by providing comprehensive and confidential reproductive health services for adolescents ages 13-21. Insurance is not needed to receive these services and most services are provided FREE of charge or for a reduced fee. 160 E Erie Ave., Philadelphia, PA. Nelson Pavilion, 2nd floor. 215-427-3802
CHOP Karabots Pediatric Care Center
Free and confidential family planning services available to patients ages 13-25. Services include: Pregnancy testing and options counseling, Contraception, including emergency contraception, Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, Sexual health education. 4865 Market St., Philadelphia, PA. 267-425-9800
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
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
Click here for info or go to site below.
Listing of Options
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
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
Serves 17-21 year old who are, or have, aged out of foster care get GED/High School Diploma, job opportunities and much more. Call 215-204-3170 for info and here for flyer.
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. https://www.paan1989.org/
● 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
YAP! The Young Artist Program is a multidisciplinary artist residency for high school aged LGBTQ+ youth, attending schools in the Greater Philadelphia Area. The youth meet after school Monday-Thursday from 3p-6p and received snacks, homework help, college prep, personal guidance, and art instruction.
Info on their website www.artdeptphilly.com/afterschool/#
My Kid Is Gay is a first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated exclusively toward helping parents understand their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual children. Click here for info http://mykidisgay.com/
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
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.
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?
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
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 call 267.639.5481or go to phillycam.org