Impact

Results that make a difference

In the current era of local and state budget cuts, PEF provides critical educational support services otherwise lacking for many local children in Philadelphia’s economically-distressed schools. And we’ve successfully adapted our programs and student interactions to continue despite the pandemic.

4,000 at-risk students

were served by PEF in 2021

Embedding our College Access Program in low graduation rate Philadelphia public high schools.

Through the College Access Program, PEF is providing full-time college and advising services to at-risk students in 6 low graduation rate high schools. Our students graduate high school, apply, and attend college at a rate that is well above the average for their peers.

Embedding our College Access Program in low graduation rate Philadelphia public high schools.

Through the College Access Program, PEF is providing full-time college and advising services to at-risk students in 6 low graduation rate high schools. Our students graduate high school, apply, and attend college at a rate that is well above the average for their peers.

4,000 at-risk students

were served by PEF in 2021

15 Philly Public Schools

have received consultation services designed to encourage college readiness

Teaching schools how to create and sustain a college-going and career-success culture.

Our Philadelphia Postsecondary Success Program consults with 15 Philadelphia public schools in the design and implementation of school-wide strategies and activities that are predictive of high school completion and college readiness.

43,000 visitors

were tracked on the PhillyGoes2College website this year

Democratizing access to college counseling by expanding services beyond school walls.

School district funding shortages mean college counseling is not fully available in every Philadelphia public high school, but thanks to PEF’s free PhillyGoes2College online portal, it is available to every Philadelphia high school student. 

Democratizing access to college counseling by expanding services beyond school walls.

School district funding shortages mean college counseling is not fully available in every Philadelphia public high school, but thanks to PEF’s free PhillyGoes2College online portal, it is available to every Philadelphia high school student. 

43,000 visitors

were tracked on the PhillyGoes2College website this year

$550,000

in financial aid was distributed to 112 students through our scholarship program this year

Mitigating financial barriers to a college education.

Our Philadelphia Scholars Program awards Philadelphia public school graduates with college scholarships that bridge the gap between their financial aid packages and the actual cost of attendance. We also provide persistence support though career programs and peer support.

900 attendees

participated in our Education First Compact series in 2020-21.

Convening city-wide conversations on education themes

PEF regularly convenes education stakeholders in constructive dialogue through our Education First Compact, a monthly speaker series that draws 900 attendees a year; Educate Philly: PEF’s Annual Gala and Master Class; our education Author Series; and our 400-member collective impact effort, the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem.

Convening city-wide conversations on education themes

PEF regularly convenes education stakeholders in constructive dialogue through our Education First Compact, a monthly speaker series that draws 900 attendees a year; Educate Philly: PEF’s Annual Gala and Master Class; and our 400-member collective impact effort, the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem.

900 attendees

participated in our Education First Compact series in 2020-21.

Success Story

Anthony Santana, graduating senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is featured in our news blog.