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HISTORY and MISSION

The mission of Promise Corps is to contribute to high quality schools by holding rigorous expectations of students, serving as college-going role models, and collaborating powerfully with teachers, parents, and the wider community.

The Promise Corps program offers the first partnership in the nation between two Promise Zones to join together in services for youth in high poverty communities. These Zones, in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, are two of only three urban areas selected in the first round of the Promise Zone signature Obama Administration initiative in 2014. The project will target key goals of the White House My Brother’s Keeper Initiative with a focus to ensure that boys and young men of color graduate from high school ready for college and career, and work their way into the middle class. Bolstered by public-private partnerships led by the Mayors of Los Angeles and Philadelphia, this AmeriCorps program will train and place College and Career Ambassadors (CCAs) with the highest need students at Promise Zone high schools to prepare them for postsecondary opportunities. In Philadelphia Promise Corps is currently hosted at West Philadelphia High School, High School of the Future, Overbrook High School, and Sayre High School with the potential for additional sites in the upcoming school year.

Contact Bethany at bethany.housman@phila.gov to connect directly with us!

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