College + Career Resources

Kelly Staskel smiling at registration table at CAP event

For our young people, college is not just a way out, but a way up. PEF’s experienced team gives flight to the aspirations of middle schoolers through college students.

College Access Program

Our experienced counselors  work full-time within 6 high schools to introduce students to the benefits of a college education and to support them in their college access journey.

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Fostering College Readiness

Fostering College Readiness is a new, free program designed to support Philadelphia foster youth with the process of applying to, paying for, and succeeding in college.

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Through this online platform, students lacking the necessary supports in their school or home can gain access to critical college advising and counseling resources.

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Philadelphia Scholars

This program helps Philadelphia students, many of whom are first-generation college-goers, get to and through college. Scholars are awarded scholarships and are supported through our college persistence program.

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Spark Philadelphia

Spark Philadelphia provides a career exposure and mentorship program for 7th grade students, in partnership with Philadelphia area companies, and high school transition programming for 8th graders.

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STEM Education & Careers

PEF seeks to inspire students’ interest in STEM education by exposing them to the diverse and interesting world of STEM careers. 

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