Philadelphia Futures is a local nonprofit that has been the youth of Philadelphia teens realize their dreams of a higher education for more than 20 years. Inspired by Geeks Who Give, I’d like to take a moment of your time to ask you to consider donating. . . more of your time.
What Futures does is match one student with one mentor, beginning in their freshman year. The student/mentor relationship continues until that student graduates high school. Futures provides academic support in the form of tutoring, SAT prep, college visits, advanced course work, and more.
I’m only half kidding about that. You would be amazed at how much impact the consistent presence of an interested, involved adult can have on a teenager’s development. These are kids who go to some of the worst schools and live in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Having an adult who offers consistent support and interest in their lives is a luxury very few of them have. The time commitment for mentors is one phone call per week, and one face-to-face meeting per month. That’s it.
Just think about it; that’s one less podcast per week, one less brunch per month.
And for the guys out there, Futures is desperately in need of male mentors. 60% of the drop outs in Philly are young men/boys. And in a city where many of these boys don’t have positive male role models, you bring an extra benefit to their lives.
If you can’t sign up as a mentor, then please consider volunteering to be a resource for the program. There is a digital divide right here in our city. All of these students are from low-income families with little or no access to the technology we all use every day and that most college-bound students have grown up with. Spending time with people who understand and use technology would be a tremendous learning experience for them. Consider making yourself available for interviews, job shadowing or offering internships. Or maybe we can have a Geek Career Day for these kids.
Apply now. They need at least 60 new mentors for their incoming class.
If you can’t mentor but are interested in getting involved in other ways, e-mail us at info [at] geekswhogive [dot] org and we’ll figure out how.