September Opportunities




late September Black Girls' Literacies Project The Black Girls' Literacies Project (BGLP) is an inquiry group designed to support adolescent black girls in researching and practicing self-love. As a group, we deepen our understanding of what it looks like to love ourselves and others. Drawing on the literacy practices of other Black women and girls throughout time, we seek to understand: how do Black girls practice self-love. FREE 8-12
*late August Project HOME K-8 After School Program

The K-8 After School Program at the Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs provides high quality learning opportunities in a safe, nurturing and academically-rigorous environment where children are encouraged to achieve their full potential.  The program runs daily from 3:00-6:00 pm throughout the school year. 

The After School Program focuses on supporting children in developing their academic skills and raising literacy levels. Literacy skills are enhanced through the use of award-winning web-based software programs such as Imagine Learning and Achieve 3000. 

*late August Penn Museum Teen Ambassadors Through group discussion and hand-on activities, Teen Ambassadors explore topics important to them through anthropology and archaeology. Teen Ambassadors then take their new perspectives, combined with the museum’s exhibitions and pre-existing programs, tocreate new, engaging experiences for other teens.  FREE 9-12

late September-

rolling admissions until full

Future Health Professionals Program at Thomas Jefferson University Future Health Professionals Program is an educational and experiential program for underrepresented minority high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in careers in the health professions and medicine.  FREE 10-12
early September John Heinz Urban Conservation Crew Fall Program

Crew Members will work together in teams to complete conservation projects around the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, including improvements to hiking trails, wildlife habitat and visitor infrastructure.  Program recruitment is targeted to attract youth from diverse backgrounds from the greater Philadelphia area.

YOU GET PAID ages 15-18
ongoing Teen Arden Teen Arden is an extension of the Arden Theatre Company’s teen classes and camps. This program gives 9th-12th graders direct access to the work we do on stage! As a member of Teen Arden, you can look forward to attending all Arden shows, including dinner and an exclusive talk back with actors, for only $10. Additionally, programming during the season includes many FREE events, such as our Teen Arden College + Career Fair, trips to see shows at other cultural institutions, and a Teen Arden Cabaret! low cost and FREE events 9-12
late September EAGLE STEM Mentorship Program for young women EAGLE is a four-year program exclusively for young high school women that takes students with a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and presents them with challenges in a hands-on and fun team setting.
FREE 9-12
early September

Mighty Writers


*different locations throughout the city


Our mission is to teach Philadelphia kids (ages 7 to 17) to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life.

We offer daily afterschool academies, long- and short-term writing classes nights and weekends, teen scholar programs, mentorships, SAT Prep courses and college essay writing classes.

FREE grades 4-12
mid September KYW Newstudies Program Students come to the KYW Newsradio studios to learn news writing, reporting, ethics and interviewing skills from station managers, editors, reporters, anchors and guest speakers. Then they research, write and record news stories about their school and community.
FREE 10-12
rolling Philly Reading Coaches Philly Reading Coaches is helping students in grades K-3 become better, motivated and confident readers. Committed volunteers - who can be as young as 13 years old - will spend a minimum of one hour once a week reading with a student, helping them to gain confidence in their reading abilities and discover the love of reading.



*You serve as a volunteer.

ages 13 and older
mid September WTS Philadelphia's Transportation YOU Program

Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young women ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. Through the program, WTS chapters work to make a difference in the lives of young girls by offering programs and activities that will spark their interest in all modes of transportation and encourage them to take courses in math, science, and technology, which are the stepping stones to exciting careers that can change the face of the transportation industry. Our program is led by over twenty women professionals (engineers, planners, marketing, and finance professionals) who volunteer their time as mentors.


FREE females age 13-18
rolling The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls helps young women living in single-parent households, attending Philadelphia public and charter high schools, excel in school and be prepared for postsecondary success. In addition to awarding grants to help cover basic school-related needs, such as uniforms, supplies, sports equipment and musical instruments, The Ellis Trust funds a range of exciting and meaningful experiences and opportunities to help girls strengthen their academic skills, develop their character, perfect their talents and discover who they are and who they hope to be.  



They pay for school supplies and for you to participate in programs!

girls in grades 9-12 who meet the criteria (see website)
early September Rock to the Future Musicore After School Program Get the full music experience in a judgement-free creative environment! Students get to learn their choice of instrument (bass, guitar, drums, piano), form bands with their peers, write and record original music, play cover songs, participate in a vocal ensemble, and perform live a minimum of twice during the program year. Homework help and tutoring is also offered along with weekly creative workshops and performances from local and national musical guests from a variety of genres. FREE for low income students grades 6-12



Pennsylvania Academy

of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

After School Studio

Arts Program

Take FREE classes in Illustration, Oil Painting, Foundation Drawing, and/or Life Drawing.  No experience necessary, all materials are included, weekly attendance required, help with portfolio development if wanted.


mid September
TILT Institute Teen Photo Program
Teen Photo runs from October to May with weekly meetings one day a week. Students involved in the program will go out on field trips to photography exhibitions around the city, create a book of their own pictures and have the chance to exhibit and sell their work in PPAC’s gallery. PPAC provides a digital camera to borrow and free supplies. All you need to do is sign up! Most of our students have never had an art class of any kind before. FREE
mid September Access Engineering at Penn The program is formatted as an eight-week Saturday morning lab-based course that acquaints students with a wide-range of engineering disciplines: computer science, bioengineering, systems, materials science, and many more. FREE 9-12


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