Welcome Home!

With the Spring 2017 semester drawing to a close, it won’t be long before many of you who have been away at school will return to the City of Brotherly Love! During the week of May 22nd, we’re pleased to offer a variety of programs at the Philadelphia Futures office to welcome you back home and help you make the most of your summer break. Please plan to attend one or more of the programs below. We can’t wait to see you!

Monday, May 22nd 1:00pm-3:00pm
Resume Workshop
The period just after the end of the academic year is a great time to update your resume to reflect all of your recent accomplishments. Volunteer professionals will be on hand to review your resume and provide suggestions for improvement. Please arrive with both a printed hard copy and an editable electronic version of your resume. Additionally, if you would like to have your resume reviewed prior to the workshop, you must email a copy to Shari Cumberbatch (sharicumberbatch@philadelphiafutures.org) no later than Monday, May 15th. However, please note that ALL students are welcome,
even if you have not submitted your resume for review.
Please RSVP* for this event by Monday, May 15th.
Tuesday, May 23rd 9:30am-1:30pm
Career Futures Internship Orientation
Maximize your internship experience! This mandatory program for students who have been placed in a summer internship through Career Futures is designed to orient students to professional workplace culture and expectations.
Please RSVPfor this event by Thursday, May 18th.
Wednesday, May 24th 9:30am-11:30am
Thursday, May 25th 5:00pm-7:00pm
Financial Literacy Workshop with Santander Bank
Philadelphia Futures collegians and parents are invited to join us for this informative personal finance workshop hosted by Santander Bank. We are offering two sessions of this program in order to accommodate a variety of schedules.
Please RSVP* for this event by Wednesday, May 17th.
Thursday, May 25th 10:00am-12:00noon
Study Abroad Panel
Are you interested in studying abroad? Learn about opportunities and funding options from a panel of Philadelphia Futures collegians who have lived it!
Please RSVP* for this event by Wednesday, May 17th.
Please RSVP* for each event by its indicated deadline by contacting 
Kelly Crodian at 215-790-1666 ext. 420 or kellycrodian@philadelphiafutures.org.
*Please remember that by requesting an RSVP we are asking that you respond
whether you will or will NOT be attending.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free College Concert Kicks Off 2015-16 eZseatU Season, October 20

College Students May Attend Unlimited Concerts for $25;

Presented by PNC Arts Alive, eZseatU Makes the Arts Accessible to Students

(Philadelphia, September 3, 2015)—The Philadelphia Orchestra’s college student program, eZseatU, kicks off its 2015-16 season with the eighth annual Free College Concert, Tuesday, October 20, at 8 PM at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Presented by PNC Arts Alive, the popular membership program gives college students the opportunity to attend an unlimited number of concerts by the Fabulous Philadelphians for an annual fee of just $25. The free concert in Verizon Hall, open to all full-time college students in the greater Philadelphia area, features Johannes Moser performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Maestro Donald Runnicles conducts the program, which also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Additionally, the concert will be LiveNote™ enabled, allowing concertgoers to access custom-created information about the performed musical works through the mobile app, which follows along with the music in real time, presenting musical, emotional, and historical highlights.

Tickets for the Free College Concert are currently available on philorch.org. Students must have a printed ticket and a valid student ID to attend the concert. Pre-concert entertainment begins at 6:30 PM with a performance by the University of Pennsylvania Marching Band, and Campus Philly will have a table set up with information about area activities for students. Immediately following the concert, the party continues in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza, where White Limo, a Foo Fighters tribute band, will perform, and free food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

To purchase an eZseatU annual membership, visit philorch.org to create an account and pay a one-time fee of $25. Members then reserve spots online beginning each Tuesday for a concert that week and print the free ticket. Students must bring a valid student ID to gain admission. Additional tickets for up to four full-time student guests are available for just $8 each for most concerts.

The benefits to eZseatU include access to post-concert events such as the popular College Art Night exhibition in the spring, a post-concert event featuring the artistic talents of students along with free food, drinks, live music, and the opportunity to mingle with musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The eZseatU program is part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s decades-long tradition of presenting learning and community engagement opportunities for listeners of all ages across the Delaware Valley. Additional support is provided by the Amy P. Goldman Foundation. For more information, please visit philorch.org.

Communicating Your Powers in Internship and Job Interviews

Thanks to the more than 120 collegians who joined us for our Annual Conference at Drexel University on Saturday, January 4. Through the superheroes theme, “Discover Your Power,” the conference prompted each participant to explore their own powers that lead to college and career success.


The collegian workshop was facilitated by Life and Career Coach, Anna Papalia, founder of Shift Into Balance. Ms. Papalia’s session opened with an opportunity for each student to reflect on his/her own powers. Check out Ms. Papalia’s blog this week for a post that reviews the 10 Questions to Discover Your Strengths.


Most of the workshop session focused on the information every student needs to know about job and internship interviews. You can download Ms. Papalia’s comprehensive guide to interviewing at her website. Student evaluations of the session included appreciation for many of Ms. Papalia’s points including:

  • the importance of first impressions
  • the structure of an elevator pitch/ 30 second spot
  • the key steps to preparing for an interview
  • what constitutes professional attire
  • the powerful lessons gained through failure

Philadelphia Futures will be seeking ways to continue working with Ms. Papalia and Shift into Balance. We are pleased that so many collegians found this Conference session particularly informative.

You can find more information about Ms. Papalia, her services, and resources on her website, facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn.

2013 College Kick-Off on August 7th – Reserve Your Space!

2013 College Kick-Off

Time: Wednesday, August 7th

Freshmen should arrive promptly at 5:00pm

Upperclassmen should arrive at 6pm

Location: DoubleTree Hotel – 237 S. Broad Street

  • Plan to attend this important event designed to celebrate you and your journey to college success.
  • Be introduced to your responsibilities as a new collegian.
  • Learn vital skills necessary for the transition to college.

Reserve your space by calling Jack Byerly at 215-790-1666(x410) or emailing jackbyerly@philadelphiafutures.org

Graduate School Fair at Drexel – September 23rd


Mark your calendars for the Idealist Graduate School Fair at Drexel College of Medicine on September 23rd taking place from 5pm – 8pm! Over 50 schools will be presenting. The fair is free to attend and you will have the chance to:

  • Learn about admissions requirements and application deadlines for graduate programs in social work, public policy, nonprofit management, international affairs, public interest law, social entrepreneurship, and many more.
  • Speak with graduate admissions advisers from local, national and international universities.

Follow the link above to see a list of schools that will be present and to read over tips to help you prepare!

Reserve Your Ticket: Entry-Level Job Fair at Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Free Library on April 24th


The Parkway Central Library (1901 Vine Street) in Philadelphia will be hosting an Entry-Level Job Fair on April 24th from 9:00 to 1:00pm.  With companies from across the Philadelphia region participating, there will be plenty of opportunities for job seekers to learn about open positions, talk to prospective employers, and share their resumes. In addition, job seekers can attend a special Green Jobs Workshop for Women, a resume critique clinic and workshops about internet job searching.

Free tickets are available online or in-person at the Parkway Central Library.