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Philadelphia Futures guides students on the path to academic success

The Eagles continue to support nonprofits that work to reduce barriers to opportunity and end racism. In support of Black History Month, the Eagles are proud to recognize the work of one of these nonprofits each day.

Philadelphia Futures has served by providing hundreds of area low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities to succeed in college and beyond. And it has done so with a great deal of success.

According to Philadelphia Futures, 100 percent of the organization's students who were members of the Class of 2020 were accepted to college and 100 percent matriculated. For the students who are already in college, 99 percent of the Class of 2019 returned to college for their sophomore year. The Class of 2016 has a projected college graduation rate of 80 percent. Financially, Philadelphia Futures students received $5.42 million in institutional aid.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to halt all of Philadelphia Future's progress. Undeterred, Philadelphia Futures seamlessly shifted to virtually deliver all of its services. Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Eagles Social Justice Fund, Philadelphia Futures was able to provide Chromebooks and technological needs to continue to help its students' progress on their journeys to success.

The grant also helped Philadelphia Futures provide financial support for food and shelter needs, showing that Philadelphia Futures is committed to continuing its support for the students and the families despite the challenges the pandemic may send its way.

"Like the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Futures continues to move forward despite the many uncertainties around us. Thanks to the Eagles Social Justice Fund, we provided our driven students with college-focused programming, plus essential items, including laptops and food gift cards, to help navigate this challenging time and stay on the path to success in college and in life," said Sara Woods, Philadelphia Futures' executive director. "We are grateful to the Philadelphia Eagles for their continued generosity and support."

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