Philadelphia Children’s Foundation www.philadelphiachildrensfoundation.org www.philly-connect.org Helping young people imagine the possibilities .
The Mission of the Philadelphia Children’s Foundation is to foster positive career and life-changing decisions in children of all ages.
We strive to inspire our youth to discover their interests, pursue their passions, and develop the skills they need to lead more fulfilling lives and better serve their families and communities.
Through our career-centered approach we help spark a curiosity to explore a world of opportunities.
Our goals are to increase high school graduation rates, boost post-secondary education enrollment, and expand career potential, particularly for disadvantaged children in our city.
Only 78.5% of Philadelphia’s 25+ age group graduated high school.
The Philadelphia School District ranks only 65 th in over all graduation rates among the 100 largest school districts in the country.
Over 50% of 9th graders in the Philadelphia public schools between 2000-2005 did not graduate in four years. 40% of 9th graders still had not received a diploma after 6 years!
In any one year about 8,000 students officially dropped out and an additional 5,000 spent so little time in school researchers called them near “drop outs”. One third of all drop-outs were in grade nine and below.
Over 90,000 students and families in the Philadelphia School District have no computer at home and for many Philadelphians getting internet access may be years in the future.
Over 100,000 children in the Philadelphia area are waiting for a mentor.
Studies show that computers at home with internet access not only inspire children to learn but they also help parents become more effective learning partners.
A recent study reported that 45% of internet users, or about 60 million Americans, have in the last two years used the internet to make big decisions.
Other studies have also shown that children that are mentored are 50% less likely to drop out of school and 46% less likely to use illegal drugs.
The Good News
To build a network of caring adults and organizations across the city who will share their ideas, expertise and talents, to improve the educational and social resources available for our children. PCF envisions all citizens of Philadelphia as taking a leading role in every child’s development. Our Vision
We have provided an online central clearinghouse for educational and social resources for students and families.
We have organized this site to make it easy for you to find the information and resources most helpful to your needs.
We will then promote and aid the organizations providing these resources to reach more people, particularly disadvantaged residents.
Realizing the Vision
Focusing the Vision Philadelphia Children’s Foundation has launched the new Philadelphia Children’s Connection website www.philly-connect.org
Philadelphia Children’s Connection (PCF’s brand new
interactive website) provides:
Age-specific pages for students from kindergarten to college age.
Separate home pages for parents, teachers, mentors and service professionals.
Categories and descriptions of local organizations to help families find the services they need by just typing in there Zip code.
Philadelphia Children’s Connection www.philly-connect.org Philadelphia Children’s Foundation has organized both Philadelphia community resources and several web-based resources to make it easier for you to find the information most helpful to your specific needs.
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Sponsoring career fairs and contests.
Presenting traveling career shows for schools and after-school programs.
Promoting existing and organizing special interest events to enhance the school curriculum.
Recruiting mentors for disadvantaged students in partnership with existing organizations.
Providing lower-income students computers and training, also through partnerships to help improve their learning environment at home.
In order to grow our mission, we need your help. Philadelphia Children’s Foundation wants to expand beyond the website by: And there’s so much more…
Our ongoing promotional campaigns and programs aim to introduce our organization to the many individuals and agencies that are in a position of influence with Philadelphia’s youth. But we need your help! We need to communicate with concerned individuals and organizations to get the necessary feedback and support that will enhance our future services and programs. Your Feedback
… to become part of a powerful synergy that empowers and enriches the lives of young people? Are you ready… Do you have what it takes to inspire, motivate, guide?
How to Help Our programs require the cooperation and involvement of individuals, institutions and businesses in the effort to help students and their parents get the assistance they need. There are many ways to contribute to our organization. We welcome your time and talents as well as your financial support. Here’s what you can do to help: Talk • Volunteer • Donate
Talk to families and students who could benefit from our website and programs.
Talk to people who can provide services through our programs.
If there’s a program you love in your community, let us know and we’ll add them to our website.
Become a mentor.
Support your local schools and clubs.
Host a fundraiser.
Or, contact us if you’d like to help research and explore the city to find great websites and programs.
Make a gift in your name by check, telephone, money order or bank transfer
Make a gift of stock or other securities
Ask your employer to match your gift
Ask your club, church or other organization to make a gift
Donate on-line by credit card or Pay Pal at www. philly-connect.org.
Donate… Make a tax-deductible donation:
Thank you. Philadelphia Children’s Foundation www.philadelphiachildrensfoundation.org www.philly-connect.org Helping young people imagine the possibilities .