Philadelphia Futures

Powerful Essays
Student preparation and college readiness is a controversial issue in today's society. My interest in student preparation and college readiness struck my decision to job shadow and interview employees of Philadelphia Futures. Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization offering a range of services to help students excel in high school, and navigate the college admissions process, so they are prepared to enter and succeed in college. Philadelphia Futures has been helping young adults attend college and earn a degree since 1989. Having the opportunity to spend a full working day with the staff of Philadelphia Futures was an insightful experience. Job shadowing the staff, attending the meetings, interacting with high school students, and …show more content…
Many researchers believe that academic preparation is critical to college enrollment. Researchers (Alexander, Cook, & McDill, 1978: Hossler, Braxton, & Coopersmith, 1989; Manski & Wise, 1983; St. John, 1991; Hossler et al., 1999; Perna, 2000a; Cabrera, La Nasa & Burkam, 2001) believe that “academic preparation and achievement are important predictors of both propositions towards, or interest in, attending college and actual college enrollment” (p.115). The staff of College Connection is aware of the critical factors of academic success, and they are effectively addressing this issue by providing academic enrichment services. Students participate in weekly after-school classes, summer academic programs on college campuses and sat preparation classes. I believe it is important to expose students physically to campus. Students are more acquainted with the resources by attending classes on campus during their summer …show more content…
Equally vital to the research of college preparation, I was able to interact with high school students during their after school program trying to make sense of the literature that I was exposed to over the course of the semester. Literature fails to include ethnographies and stories of students experiences. The staff of Philadelphia Future is fixing everything that should have been addressed in high school. Many of the speakers who visited our class throughout the semester expressed similar frustrations. These issues (grades, income, ethnicity/race) that affect students are systemic issues. Treating students as scholars uplift their spirits. Nonetheless, many of the students were excited to transition to college. They shared goals and the importance of managing their health and wellness. Philadelphia Futures provides students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities offering students a richer educational

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Philadelphia

    • 1056 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Philadelphia Tiffany Davis Athens State University Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. Andrew Beckett, who is played by the actor Tom Hanks, is a senior associate at the largest corporate law firm in Philadelphia. Although he lives with his partner Miguel Álvarez played by Antonio Banderas, Beckett is not open about his homosexuality at the law firm, nor the fact that he has AIDS.…

    • 1056 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Philadelphia

    • 301 Words
    • 2 Pages

    In the movie, Philadelphia, Denzel Washington plays a well known African American lawyer. His character is a heterosexual male with a wife and a new baby daughter. At the beginning of the movie, he has very negative feelings towards homosexuals. As the movie continues, his character evolves and his feelings towards homosexuals and people affected with AIDS changes. When Tom Hank's character asks Washington to represent him in court, he becomes very uncomfortable around Hanks. After Hanks reveals…

    • 301 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Philadelphia

    • 660 Words
    • 2 Pages

    I really enjoyed this movie. It was interesting to see how the characters interacted with each other, especially Joe and Andrew. Since the beginning of the movie Joe strongly states his hatred towards homosexuals and his fear of contracting AIDs over a simple hand shake with Andrew and with Andrew just being in the same room as him. When I saw this scene Joe’s ignorance angered me and then he went as far as going to see a doctor that same afternoon and although the doctor told him he could only contract…

    • 660 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    Philadelphia the Movie

    • 1137 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Johnathan Demme’s Philadelphia portrays conflicting perspectives on the idea of AIDS, homosexuality and prejudice towards minorities within a society in a light which positions responders to question actions that were generally accepted during this time. Martin Luther King Jr. once said “Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” An example of the use of camera angles is when a woman notices a lesion caused…

    • 1137 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Better Essays

    Philadelphia Fire

    • 957 Words
    • 4 Pages

    Courtney Williams Dr. Ndeh African American Literature November 13, 2012 Foundation and Hope in Philadelphia Fire Five years after the MOVE incident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, writer and professor at Brown University John Edgar Wideman wrote Philadelphia Fire. The novel is centered on the 1985 bombing of John Africa’s MOVE organization by the Philadelphia police and fire department, an attack that destroyed over fifty homes and killed eleven people. One of the main themes of this novel…

    • 957 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Riots In Philadelphia

    • 1651 Words
    • 7 Pages

    Philadelphia also known as the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ was a part of the Nativist movement in the United States. There have been immigrants in Philadelphia, but the continuous influx began to change the demographic of city’s population. Tensions began to rise over religion then political motives set in as well. The Philadelphia riots of 1844 took root in considering the immigrants as the Other and finding ways to establish their superiority through suppressing the immigrants power. The 1844 riots…

    • 1651 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Better Essays

    Decision in Philadelphia

    • 2246 Words
    • 9 Pages

    The book Decision in Philadelphia the Constitutional Convention if 1787 by Christopher and James Collier offers a unique look at the scribing of the Constitution and the events that not only surrounded it but led up to its creation. The authors take on the events and their creative writing style make the book and enjoyable and fact filled read on one of the country’s most important events. They begin with a historical look at the events that led up to the signing and a brief synopsis of the events…

    • 2246 Words
    • 9 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    I found this essay In the Philadelphia Inquirer, in the opinion section page A14. The thesis of this essay is the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, feels it is being undermined by house bill one thousand five hundred and thirty eight. The Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission feels that they are being closed out or ignored because the bill basically takes away the purpose for the police advisory even existing. Which is to improve the relationship between police and citizens of their city…

    • 474 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Odell English 102 April 23, 2013 City Beautification of Philadelphia It would be nice if Philadelphia became a clean, beautiful city. Abandoned buildings become new, clean family houses, retail complexes, and shiny skyscrapers. Graffiti on walls are scrubbed and repainted to become wall murals where everything has pretty colors. Someday unused vacant lots will be a huge shopping mall or fancy restaurant. The city of Philadelphia will be a great-looking and sustainable place for upper-class…

    • 4567 Words
    • 19 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    The summer of 1793 would be unforgettable for the people living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their population of more than 40,000 people would decline rapidly over the next few months, due to a deadly epidemic. As the summer came to an end the Yellow Fever would plague the city due to a filthy environment, lack of effective treatments, and misinformation. As August began, the citizens of Philadelphia became violently ill with multiple symptoms including: chills, high fevers, nausea, vomiting…

    • 683 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays