Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


230 South Broad St.Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

A mentor in the Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) Program is a supportive adult who serves as a role model, advocate and cheerleader to one college-bound high school student. A mentor opens doors to new social, cultural and educational experiences and provides professional networks for a student.

Each mentor is matched with an individual SAS student and asked to commit to that student through, at least, the critical first year of college. Mentors are an integral part of our students' success.


Being a mentor in the SAS Program requires a profound belief in the power of education. Our mentors are all college graduates, they are at least 26 years old and have been in the workforce for a minimum of 3 years. Mentors make a long-term commitment to their students. Mentors are matched with students in 10th grade and work with them through, at least, the first year of college. Many relationships last a lifetime.Mentors communicate with their students once a week and see their students at least monthly. They go on outings with their students to sporting events, cultural venues, restaurants and museums. They visit colleges, study for the SAT together or simply sit and talk. Mentors also: regularly communicate with Sponsor-A-Scholar Program staff, participate in Philadelphia Futures' program activities and events, attend mentor training, including semi-annual mentor roundtables, provide exposure to professional work environments, networking or potential opportunities.


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