Promise Corps, PHENND announce partnership to support Philadelphia high school students

Posted by PHENND on October 13, 2020

Promise Corps and the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) announced a partnership to support about 600 low-income high school students with post-secondary education planning.

The partnership pairs students from four West Philadelphia high schools with 20 Promise Corps College and Career Coaches who will offer peer coaching, mentoring, and academic support. The Coaches, who are hired as AmeriCorps members, are responsible for helping the students in grades 10 to 12 set and accomplish at least one post-secondary goal during this school year. Of the entire cohort, 200 students are seniors who are expected to graduate on time and matriculate into their desired post-secondary plan, with 100 students entering degree-granting programs next fall.

Promise Corps, an AmeriCorps organization managed locally by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), will receive roughly $170,000 for the program. The funding was secured by PHENND through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as part of their own Next Steps AmeriCorps program. Next Steps works with low-income college students to improve their persistence and degree completion.

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