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December Opportunities

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mid- December



Acel Moore High School Journalism Workshop

from The Philadelphia Inquirer

This hands-on program seeks to introduce Philadelphia-area high school students to the fields of print and digital journalism.

With an assist from staff volunteers, participants then help to write, edit and produce the student newspaper, First Take. In addition, they also help to create and design a website for the newspaper that’s linked to Philly.com.

FREE 11-12
Mid-December ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Identity, Reflection, and Education) ASPIRE is a high school mentoring program for local high schools to provide a safe space for students to discuss identity, culture, and issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community. High school students attend biweekly sessions facilitated by college students and held at Penn. It is a community of dedicated students who come together to learn and reflect. FREE  9-12  
Mid-December STEM Scholars at The Franklin Institute The STEM Scholars program serves a select group of Philadelphia-area students in grades 9-12 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. The program’s mission is to increase promising urban students' matriculation into college and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by providing a STEM immersion portal to enhance STEM subject knowledge and problem-solving skills.



students must provide their own transportation and their own lunch



- if students drop out of the program spaces may be available for students in other grades

Late December  The Germination Project  "The Germination Project is creating a self-sustaining, and perpetuating ecosystem for Philadelphia’s next generation of leadership. The Germination Project seeks to catalyze and energize an elite cadre of ambitious young men and women, brought together by their talent, drive and commitment to putting their gifts into service for the benefit of our city, our nation, and wherever their vision and ambition may lead them." FREE 10
Rolling Admission

Free SAT Prep at the Free Library of Philadelphia


Contact Collegeprep@freelibrary.org or (215)686-5372 to find out more information.

FREE SAT Prep workshops on select Saturdays at 5 locations throughout the city (Parkway Central Library, Walnut St. West Branch, Widener Branch, Northeast Regional Library, and Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library).

Rolling Admission

Shmoop Online Test Prep and Homework Help

Online SAT, ACT, and AP practice problems and exams.  Also homework help.
FREE 9-12
Mid December Haverford College: The Mentoring and Student Teaching (MAST) Program

This outreach program's main objective is to introduce middle school students to hands-on experimental science through laboratories in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Middle school students who participate in this weekly enterprise will gain lab experience while maintaining laboratory notebooks and developing skills in scientific thought and science communication. 

Equally important, the MAST program aims to encourage students to look beyond the scope of their school experience and towards possible research and academic careers in the sciences. 



includes lunch and free public transportation

- middle school students


- students who come from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the sciences

Early December

Congressional Seminar National Essay Contest


PRIZE: A week in Washington, D.C., in June, to attend a Congressional Seminar Workshop. The seminar is a unique experience in the study of American national government with emphasis on the concerns and activities of the United States Congress.

FREE Current 10-12 


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