Chester County Futures
Chester County Futures is a poverty prevention program providing academic, mentoring and scholarship support for motivated, disadvantaged Chester County youth.
Our goal is to provide our students the college readiness and life skills needed to be self-sufficient and to prosper.
We are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Who We Serve
Chester County Futures serves low-income middle and high school students who show a sincere desire to graduate from high school and college. However, in spite of their personal motivation, our students are at-risk of dropping out of school due to economic vulnerabilities and challenging life circumstances beyond their control. We begin providing services in grade 6 and continue to provide support through college graduation.
During the 2011-12 school year, we served:
» 242 high school students
» 129 middle school students
» 115 college students
The Chester County Public School Districts we serve are:
» Coatesville Area
» Kennett Consolidated
» Oxford Area
» Phoenixville Area
» West Chester Area
Chester County Futures offers four primary programs: Passport to College, Futures AHEAD, Mentoring and Scholarships.
- Passport to College – Passport to College is an after-school academic enrichment program that provides instruction and learning opportunities for low-income students in grades 9 through 12. Student groups meet with a Student Services Coordinator three to four times a month to discuss relevant, grade-appropriate topics. Our goal is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully graduate both high school and college.
- Futures AHEAD – Futures AHEAD is an after-school academic enrichment program designed to prepare low-income middle school students for high school, and to set them on the path toward college. We work with students to identify information and life skill gaps in order to increase their odds of future academic success. The program follows educational best practices by beginning college preparation in 6th grade.
- Mentoring – We have two types of adult volunteers in our Mentoring program: One-to-One Mentors and Classroom Presenters.
- » One-to-One Mentors: Students most in need of adult guidance are matched with a caring adult willing to provide encouragement and advice for a minimum of two years. Adults are carefully screened and trained, then matched with a student with similar interests and life goals.
» Classroom Presenters: Community members volunteer to share their career, college and life skill expertise with our students in an after-school classroom setting.
Students are eligible to receive up to $6,000 in college scholarship funds once they matriculate to college. Funds are earned through academic achievement and are applied toward the cost of higher education.
From 2007 to 2011:
» 100% of the students who completed our four-year Passport to College Program graduated
high school on time.
» 91% of our high school seniors went on to college or post-secondary school.
» 90% of our students continued their higher education beyond the first year.
Since 1996, Chester County Futures has served over 750 students.
Learn more about Chester County Futures by visiting them online at www.ccfutures.org.