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College Possible Philadelphia Receives $20,000 Grant from the Philadelphia Foundation

College Possible Philadelphia announced it has received a $20,000 grant from the Walter E. Hering Fund #2 of the Philadelphia Foundation. The funds will go to support College Possible Philadelphia’s high school program, which serves 341 students in six schools located in Philadelphia and Delaware counties. Overall, College Possible Philadelphia provides its services and auxiliary programming to more than 2,000 students in high school and college.

“This generous grant from the Philadelphia Foundation will allow College Possible Philadelphia to continue providing students, from low-income, often first-generation, backgrounds with the tools they need to persevere to and through college,” said Robbin Washington-Smart, College Possible Philadelphia interim executive director. “We appreciate the Philadelphia Foundation recognizing the results generated by our program and the importance of the young lives on which it makes an impact as we work to address the current college degree divide.”

Through the College Possible Philadelphia high school program, students attend after-school sessions twice a week throughout their junior and senior years. Over the course of these two years, students participate in more than 320 hours of programming in a supportive group of college-bound peers. College Possible coaches implement an interactive curriculum designed to guide students through the key aspects of preparing for college.

“We are pleased to award an Impact Program Grant to College Possible Philadelphia,” said Pedro A. Ramos, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation. “The organization demonstrates a strong history of direct service to Philadelphia’s underserved students. In addition to proving their impact with quantitative and qualitative results, College Possible Philadelphia has a strong reputation for consistently improving the lives of our community’s young people.”

The Philadelphia Foundation issues Impact Program Grants to nonprofits demonstrating programmatic impact and leadership in the community.  Emphasis is placed on demonstrable success that can be replicated by direct-service organizations.

Founded in 1918, Philadelphia Foundation strengthens the economic, social and civic vitality of Greater Philadelphia. Philadelphia Foundation grows effective philanthropic investment, connects individuals and institutions across sectors and geography, and advances civic initiatives through partnerships and collaboration. A publicly supported foundation, the Philadelphia Foundation manages more than 1,000 charitable funds established by its donors and makes over 1,000 grants and scholarship awards each year. To learn more, visit philafound.org.

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