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A Note from Philadelphia’s Executive Director: Serving Students Virtually

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! In and around Philadelphia, the first day for students has looked very different depending on their situation. While some students might be kicking off the academic year in a classroom, others may be starting the year sitting at a computer in their kitchen or spare room. This year is indeed unique and challenging.

From the ongoing angst with the pandemic, to a host of racial, economic and political challenges, 2020 has been one blow after another. On the bright side, we’ve spent more time with our family and loved ones and we’re enjoying simpler things — walks in the park, riding bikes and cooking at home. This year also pushed us to be creative — from having physically distant gatherings to family meals via Zoom. Life is filled with many unexpected obstacles, but it is also filled with many opportunities to be intentional in our pursuits and grateful for what we have.

This fall, College Possible Philadelphia will adjust our programming to serve our students virtually. High school coaches will work with students in a blend of one-on-one and group sessions to ensure they set and meet their goals toward college readiness. We were able to pivot to a virtual curriculum seamlessly, in large part, due to the foundation of our tech-connected college program as well as through the creativity of our team and the generosity of our supporters.

As we begin a new school year, our staff and coaches will continue to provide intensive coaching and support to students as they work toward a college degree. We are committed to meeting each student where they are during this challenging and uncertain time. The College Possible Philadelphia family encourages all of our students to be brave, determined, resilient and innovative.

As we navigate this new normal, we look toward the Philadelphia community for continued support. Please share this newsletter with your network, follow us on Twitter, or consider making an introduction that will help further the mission of College Possible in the Philadelphia region.

Thank you for your continued support, and here’s to a healthy and successful school year!


Dia Williams Adams, MPA
Executive Director
College Possible Philadelphia

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