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A richer, stronger, Philadelphia begins with more college graduates. By pairing low-income students with recent college graduates, our powerful model will amplify existing efforts to support low-income students.

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  • Finding Her Direction

    Growing up in the greater Philadelphia area, Sarah Libros knew that there was a significant problem in her community surrounding education equity, but it was not an area that she expected to focus on professionally. After earning a bachelor’s degree in social and cultural studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, Sarah remained in London for […]

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  • Introducing New Philadelphia Board Members

    College Possible Philadelphia is pleased to welcome three new members to our site board. Sylvia Rivera – Joined March 2018 With a background in education, Sylvia Rivera serves as a programs administrator for the project management administrator for the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation. Sylvia holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from […]

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  • Making a Commitment to Student Success and Persistence

    Located in the heart of Delaware County, Neumann University is College Possible Philadelphia’s newest Bridge partner. Founded in 1965, the university has more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. In July 2017, Neumann welcomed its sixth president, Dr. Chris Everett Domes, who is focused on supporting low-income, first-generation students on campus to make sure they […]

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  • Growing the College Possible Philadelphia Team

    College Possible Philadelphia is pleased to welcome Rosie Doolan and Mohamed Hassan to our leadership team as the Operations Specialist and High School Program Coordinator, respectively. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Senior College Program Coordinator Jose Rodriguez will be leading the college program.  Jose Rodriguez, College Senior Program Coordinator As Jose Rodriguez […]

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  • College Possible/NRG Student Profile: Egypt Maddy

    Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, College Possible Philadelphia will be profiling four students thanks to a grant awarded by NRG Gives, a charitable-giving program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation. The grant awarded by NRG Gives will support more students in the greater Philadelphia area get to and persist through to college graduation. Egypt Maddy, […]

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  • Launch! 2018: Celebrating Philadelphia Students

    On June 16, College Possible Philadelphia celebrated Launch! 2018 at Temple University’s Student Center. Sponsored by M&T Bank, Launch! 2018 is College Possible’s end-of-the-year student celebration for high school juniors and seniors, recognizing their hard work and commitment to earning a college degree. Philadelphia Board Chair Joe Divis delivered opening remarks, followed by College Possible […]

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  • Managing for the Future

    If it were up to Sylvia Rivera, College Possible Philadelphia board member, all students would learn project management. “Life is full of projects,” she says. “Some are big and some are small. Coordinating a birthday party, selecting a college to attend, and even writing a senior paper is a project. How we manage each project depends […]

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  • Gain Experience with a Year of Service; Help Philadelphia Students Achieve Their College Dreams

    Driven, energized, and looking to make an impact? College Possible Philadelphia is currently seeking AmeriCorps members for 10-month positions starting August 2018. College Possible uses a near-peer coaching model that pairs recent college graduates, who serve as AmeriCorps or VISTA members, with high school or college students. As recent college graduates, coaches have firsthand knowledge […]

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  • College Possible Philadelphia Wins $20,000 from NRG Gives

    On May 9, 2018, College Possible Philadelphia won $20,000 from “NRG Gives,” a charitable-giving program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation. From April 30 to May 7, College Possible Philadelphia and two other local nonprofits competed in an online voting campaign for a chance to win $100,000 from the energy solutions provider’s charitable program. The […]

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  • Paving the Way for Opportunities

    Ana Perez-Villagomez, a freshman math major at Barnard College in New York, N.Y., is paving the way for herself and other first-generation students from low-income backgrounds. From an early age, Ana was fascinated by the idea of attending college. When she entered South Magnet High School in Omaha, Neb., she didn’t fully understand what college […]

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  • Achieving College Dreams

    As National College Decision Day approaches on May 1, 2018, high school seniors in the Greater Philadelphia area are seeing their dedication and hard work pay off. For Camellia Brown and Chelsea Jean-Baptiste seniors at Parkway Center City Middle College, their dream of attending college is now a reality; both are attending Temple University this […]

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  • Randolph FAFSA Challenge

    College Possible Philadelphia has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to help support students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the 2017-18 school year. Through this district-wide FAFSA Completion Challenge, College Possible Philadelphia’s college coaches provide coaching and support to seniors at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High […]

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  • 98.1 WOGL: Philadelphia Agenda

    Brad Segall, of 98.1 WOGL, recently spoke with Executive Director Jen Weikert during a segment of the Philadelphia Agenda. She was joined by Community College of Philadelphia student Aldrin Reginald and his college coach Avere Scurry. Aldrin shared his story of wanting to go to college, and the support he has received from College Possible […]

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  • AmeriCorps Week: College Possible Philadelphia

    Every year AmeriCorps Week celebrates AmeriCorps members past and present for their dedication and commitment to “Get Things Done.” College Possible Philadelphia sat down to speak with four current AmeriCorps members and an AmeriCorps alum. Each day we will be sharing their stories of service and gratitude. Kelly Smemo – College Community Partners Team Member When […]

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  • Gaining Appreciation

    As Jared Deveau prepared for college graduation, he contemplated how he wanted to begin his career. “After college, I wanted to go into the education field, but I also wanted to give back,” says Jared, a high school junior coach at Jules E. Mastbuam and Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School in Philadelphia, […]

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  • College Possible Philadelphia Comcast Newsmakers Interview

    During a recent interview with Comcast Newsmakers’ Jill Horner, Executive Director Jen Weikert spoke about how College Possible Philadelphia is closing the degree divide in Philadelphia. As she explained, “jobs of the future will require a college degree.” Watch as Jen discussed how College Possible Philadelphia supports students who have college aspirations and have overcome […]

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  • A Future in Silicon Valley

    While many people are spending time searching Google for their next job, Penn Wood High School Senior Nieme Brooker plans to make Google his next job. “Growing up, I loved playing video games. Around eighth grade I started to get really interested in how video games were created. How can you tell a computer to […]

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  • It’s a Matter of Degrees: Cocktails and Conversation

    On Monday, January 29, College Possible Philadelphia hosted It’s a Matter of Degrees, a cocktail reception at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for its donors, board members, school and university partners and friends. The event highlighted College Possible Philadelphia’s work in helping to close the degree divide and assist in workforce development. It […]

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  • College Possible Philadelphia Temple Food Pantry Donation

    During its first event of the New Year, It’s a Matter of Degrees: Cocktails and Conversation, College Possible Philadelphia utilized its platform to shed light on the growing concern of food scarcity on college campuses across America. Guests were invited to bring nonperishable goods to be donated to Temple University’s first on-campus food pantry. An estimated […]

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  • College Possible Philadelphia iHeartRadio Interview

    Executive Director Jen Weikert recently spoke with iHeartRadio’s Loraine Morrill about College Possible’s work in the Greater Philadelphia area. She was joined by Cabrini University Freshman and College Possible student Chama Imani. Jen touched upon her own experience as a first-generation college student and how it resonates with the work she is doing today. Chama […]

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  • “I have the work ethic to do whatever I want”

    “I want to be a heart surgeon and open my own dance studio by age 20,” Upper Darby High School Senior Missy says with a vibrant determination. From a very early age, Missy has had two constants in her life: dance and hospitals. “I picked up dancing very young. My parents let me start going […]

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  • College Possible talks to NBC10’s Erin Coleman

    College Possible Philadelphia Executive Director Jen Weikert spoke with NBC10 News anchor Erin Coleman about the work that the organization is doing in the Philadelphia area to coach and support students. She also addressed the importance of a college degree to be more competitive in today’s workforce. Cabrini University Freshman Chama Imani spoke about her […]

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  • Making the Move to Philadelphia

    When Sarah Barry decided to move from her home state of North Carolina to Philadelphia to serve with College Possible, she was taking a risk. “My background is not in education,” says Sarah. “I was a psychology major in college. During my senior year at the University of North Carolina, a professor showed my class […]

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