Academic Programs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia-1518 Walnut Street, Suite 712 Philadelphia, PA 19102 Main office: Telephone: (215) 735-8818 General Inquiries: Diane Datcher Director of Education Programs: Telephone: ext. 13 clubs located in many neigrhoods offering leadership development, career and college planning, volunteer opportunities to high school students. Free sports,fitness and arts programs as well.

College Access Program-Provides college guidance at 3 offices- Center City- The Gallery I- 215-574-1341, North Phila. The Rivera Bldg, 2603 N. 5th Street, 4th Fl. 215-739-9360, and West Phila. 4601 Market Street, 3rd Fl 215-476-222 - College Access
Educational Advancement Alliance-4601 Market St. Offers after school and Saturday programs that focus on academic enrichment and
college preparation, including college visits.
North Light Community Center: Summer Career Exploration Program 175 Green Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19127; 215-483-4800 Contact person is Billy Eisenberg. Ext 107, Director of Ed & Teen Services
In the summer, NorthLight runs a six-week career internship program for students who have completed grades 10,11, or 12. Students work at a job related to a career
interest while getting paid for 20 hrs a week. Students should apply in April. Also, during the summer: Teens for Good: Teen led urban farm located in
Roxborough: 6 weeks; 20hrs a week paid.
During school year the center offers, an after school teen program 9-12th grade which offers academic support, cultural activities, leadership opportunities to
broaden student horizons. M-Th 4-6:30. (BABY) Possible stipends available.Also SAT prep is offered through Philly Tutors ($280 for 8 wk course; 20 hrs) . Fee
based one on one subject tutoring available.
PACTS (Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science) is a yearround youth leadership experience, designed to involve students as an integral part
of The Franklin Institute. It combines science enrichment, career development,mentoring. PACTS; Franklin Institute-If interested contact a member of the PACTS staff at 215.448.1333 or 215.448.1282. For 9th & l0th graders only.

Not just another after-school or weekend program, PACTS is a youth leadership experience designed to involve students as an integral and active part of the daily
life of The Franklin Institute. Students who continue in PACTS through high school graduation have the skills and confidence to be successful college students and become dynamic, productive adults with engaging careers in science and beyond. .PACTS students engage in hands-on science workshops, field-based research, special field trips, college and career counseling, and much more! The PACTS Program is a FREE program, available to Philadelphia area students. ThePACTS workshops meet on Saturday mornings, twice a month during the school year at The Franklin Institute. There are no specific scholastic requirements, but studentsare encouraged to be strong in math and science, and have a passion for learningscience! During the summer months we hold the PACTS Summer Institute. This is a 6week long science camp, where students have the chance to intensely study various science topics while completing research projects. At the end of the summer the students present their findings to their families and staff members of The FranklinInstitute.
Philadelphia Futures-Scholar program helps prepare Philadelphia high school students for college by providing participants with mentors, trips to college campuses, enrichment, individual tutoring and other support. Office address-230 S. Broad St, 7th Fl- phone-215-790-1666 - website-Philadelphia Futures
West Philly R.I.S.E.-Fall session begins October 2012, Ten week program for students ages 14-17 who live in West Philadelphia. Teen meet on Tuesdays 4:15 pm to 6:00 pm. Two college tours to Cheyney and West Chester. Program located at Overbrook High School 5898 Lancaster Ave Philadelphia, PA 19131. For more information call 215-778-0707 or email

 White Williams Scholars- -College Connection is an intensive 4-year program offered to 9th grade Scholars who

wish to devote more time to exploring as well as strengthening their future pursuits. The program's purpose is to engage bright, motivated students during the pivotal
and transitional year of ninth grade, and to keep you on track for graduation fromhigh school and preparation for college.
YMCA Achievers Program-Columbia North YMCA 1400 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19121 Phone: 215-235-6440 The YMCA Black Achievers program is an academicachievement/career development initiative purposed to help teens of color set and pursue high educational and career goals, resulting in graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning. Programming for 9th-12th grade students takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month beginning from October until June. The location is Drexel University
Youngs Scholars Program-University of Pennsylvania College of General Studies-Provides high achieving local junior and senior high school students the opportunity to take college courses and earn full credit. phone-215-746-6901. website-Young Scholars
Special Interests

The Mural Arts Program offers free art classes to young people ages 10 to 22 at sites across Philadelphia. Life-changing opportunities for youth including mentorship, service learning, summer jobs and internships are integral to the program. The next program session runs from 1/7 to 6/15.  Find a site near you and apply at
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is offering a free after school studio art program.  Classes begin on Monday, October 1st. If you are interested in enrolling, see Mrs. Drago.
Do you have an interest in art? Fleisher Art Memorial offers free Saturday art classes and weekly teen lounge workshops
Village of Arts and Humanities-2544 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133; 215-225-9560 after-school and summer programs in spoken word, photography, digital music,digital video, mural arts, and sculpture building; includes mentoring, tutoring and summer job opportunities.
Enterprise Center’s YES Program-4548 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139; 215-895-4078-
Prepares youth for success in the business world through business camps and special events that explore how to start a business and entrepreneurship; during-school and after school programs are available. Open to l0th graders only at Lamberton, West Philadelphia, Parkway Gamma and Paul Robeson high schools.


The Exploring program has many career shadowing programs available for students. Exploring is a hands-on career shadowing program for teens ages 14 through 20 years old. Some of Philadelphia's most visible businesses volunteer their efforts and knowledge and invite students to come to their offices behind the scenes and learn all of the details to pursuing an education and career in their particular specialty fields. Exploring is open to all interested students in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware Counties. For more information call 215-988-9811 ext.103 or email at

Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance
Norris Square Neighborhood Project (North Philly), PRODIGIES project. 2141 North Howard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122; Cathryn Carkhuff,215-634-2227 a leadership program for youth (aged 15-18); participants operate a silkscreening Business creating their own line of clothing, with profits furnishing stipends for them and for the financing of field trips.
Fabric Workshop and Museum, High School Apprentice Training Program 1315 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107; 215-568-1111 Christina Roberts, Education Director school program (4-6pm) that offers high school students the opportunity tolearn about design and print media and assist in all areas of the studio; the apprenticeships bring job training as well as educational experience, and studentsearn minimum wage for their time. Students also receive career guidance from artists and studio staff. Students must complete an application process andbe accepted into the program.
Film Tech-Philadelphia's independent Film School- (Open to anyone 15 or older) 2019 S. Juniper St Philadelphia, PA 19148 215-313-0123
Teen 4 Good- Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University-850 N 11th St -Jamie McKnight, Director of T4G (215) 989-3566, ext: 1108
Teens 4 Good is a Federation of Neighborhood Centers program that builds long term,working relationships with promising students attending Philadelphia’s public
high schools, beginning in the ninth grade. Teens 4 Good provides students, starting in ninth grade, with a year-round curriculum of character, leadership, teamwork and life skills development, one-on-one mentoring, career exploration, cultural opportunities, and hands-on entrepreneurial activities through a teen-run gardening,
nutrition and health business. The mission statement created by the teens is, “To make a difference in the world by inspiring all teens to give back to their
Recording studio opportunity:

Shawn White, a BME Challenge winner;  PhD; and award winning writer/producer; and former recording artists seeks students for his audio engineer and production academy.  Please spread the word to young men that might be interested.  Please see his message below, the program is for young men 14-18 years old: Located @: 


1231 N. Broad St. 2nd Floor (2M)
215-236-7700 Ext. 337

Program Schedule: 

Tuesdays 5pm - 8pm = Workshops & Presentations 
Thursdays 5pm - 8pm = Audio Studio 

IMPORTANT: ALL Participants must be present for workshops and presentations before attending the Audio Studio sessions.

Temple University's Boyer College of Music and

The Junior Music Executive Program exposes students to the entertainment industry. The provide workshops, internships, scholarships, and networking opportunities. phone-215-552-8576 for info. -


Forensic Science Club-Students ages 12-19 are welcome to join the Forensic Club. The club meets at The Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology 2111-31 Eastburn Avenue (West Oak Lane) from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm. Registration fee $15.00 -register by calling 1-88-494-2112