Family Resources

We know how wonderful and challenging raising a child can be, so we’ve assembled a list of a few local resources that we hope will benefit you and your family. The following is a list of organizations and directories with information on: applying and preparing for high school as well as college, afterschool and summer tutoring programs for students, adult literacy programs, GED preparation programs and individual as well as social development programs for low-income families.

Please contact these organizations directly for inofrmation on their programs.

School Directories
Tutoring and Other Extra-Curricular Activities for Students
High School and College Preparation
Youth Development
Adult Literacy and GED Preparation
Domestic and Social Development for Low-Income Families

School Directories:


    Check out the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia 2013 School Directory for detailed information on private & parochial schools in and around Philadelphia.
This 51 page list of scholarship organizations is made available by The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. We encourage you to search through this valuable list to determine which programs may meet your family’s needs. CSFP does not endorse nor recommend any specific organization. Please contact these organizations directly for more information on their programs.
Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) has, a website that provides information on nearly 500 public, charter, Catholic, and private schools,
including information about school credentials, test scores, and transfer procedures. Using various search tools, including side-by-side comparisons, the website is intended to help Philadelphia parents make more informed decisions regarding their child’s education.
Each year, The School District of Philadelphia updates their compiledHigh School Directory which is full of information on Neighborhood, Citywide Admission, Special Admission and Promise Academy High Schools.


Tutoring and Other Extra-Curricular Activities for Students:

Mighty Writers is a free afterschool and evening writer’s workshop for Philadelphia kids ages 7-17. The free workshops are often conducted by authors and veteran writers and encourage students to learn to express themselves in creative ways. Some workshops include Girl Power Poetry and Front Stoop Stories: Neighborhood Storytelling.
The Free Library of Philadelphia has many free programs and services for all Philadelphians ranging from online homework help for students to afterschool and summer programs (like Behind the Screens and Science in the Summer). The Library also does a Sundays on Stage theater program for families throughout the spring and summer.
The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia’s programs are supervised full-time by Philadelphia Police Officers and civilian staff. The PAL has free sports leagues for everything from basketball to bowling to track and field. The PAL centers are located around the city and also have educational and cultural programs.
Settlement Music School is the largest community school of the arts in the United States. The school provides 10,000 weekly services of individual lessons, classes and activities in music, dance and visual arts to children and adults without regard to age, race or financial circumstances. Settlement provides a wide range of programs for preschool, school age children, adults and seniors.
The Cadence Cycling Foundation welcomes all kids, ages 9-18 to discover the possibilities that the sport of cycling have to offer. Life skills, such as goal setting, discipline, teamwork, commitment, etc., are developed through cycling.

High School and College Preparation:

Steppingstong Scholars is a program that helps prepare urban students for admission to elite private, independent, college-preparatory schools. The program supports students through admissions and then during the school year by providing mentoring, tutoring, summer programs, and college admissions assistance.
Our Guide to Achieving a Higher Education is full of information about the college application process, including information about college scholarships, admissions testing, and recruiting and admissions for college athletes. Also see Philadelphia Futures Step Up to College Guide, a great manual for college-bound high school students and their families.
Philadelphia Futures prepares students from low-income families to enter and succeed in college by providing mentoring, academic enrichment, college guidance, and financial incentives. The core Sponsor-A-Scholar program provides students from neighborhood high schools with the critical support and resources they need to achieve their dream of a college education. Any neighborhood high school student is welcome to apply.
Philly Goes 2 College is one of our favorite websites. It is chock full of information and resources to aid students and families in the college search, admissions, and financial aid process. Be sure to check out the extremely resourceful calendar!
The High School Manual has information on various types of high schools, the application process and different available scholarship opportunities.

Youth Development:

  Plant a Seed Inspire a Dream Foundation provides children from low income families, between the ages of 10 and 18, with the opportunity to pursue their passions by offering scholarships to programs that support their interests.
  Aimed at providing a healthy environment for youth to engage, cultivate and connect with others, the YMCA 7th Grade Initiative offers a FREE one-year membership
to 7th grade students.
Breakthrough is a six-year academic program that builds a path from middle school to college for low-income students from Philadelphia’s public schools. Breakthrough also inspires talented high school and college students to become educators and engaged citizens by giving them responsibility for teaching in the program. Students must be in 6th grade attending one of the partnering public or charter schools to apply.
The YMCA offers Y Achievers, a youth development program aimed to help 5th-12th graders develop academic and careergoals. Through a series of extra-curricular team mentorship and workshop activities, youth are guided through graduation and acceptance to institutions of higher learning.
Outward Bound Philadelphia provides summer outdoor leadership programs for middle and high schoolers that strengthen and empower students to experience the world outside of what they already know. Merit-based scholarships make these programs available to low-income students.
           The City Heros Program run by City Year is a weekend leadership development, social awareness, and community service program for high school-aged youth. City Heros City Heroes learn how to lead their peers and other community members to tackle real community issues through service, action groups, and other community-based initiatives.

Adult Literacy and GED Preparation:

The Center for Literacy provides free family literacy programs and adult literacy tutoring as well as GED workshops, adult basic education in a varierty of subjects, English as a Second Language classes, and workforce education.

Domestic and Social Development for Low-Income Families:

Achieveability is a program that strives to help low-income parents and families end the cycle of poverty. Specifically, the program provides housing and supportive services to parents who want to further their higher education.
Philabundance logo Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger-relief and food bank organization. Philabundance’s Community Food Centers allow low-income residents to shop for healthy and fresh food. The Fresh for All program brings free fresh fruits and vegetables to underserved neighborhoods in a farmer’s market environment.

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