October 23, 2013– The City of Philadelphia announced a partnered effort to help Philadelphia high school seniors with their college essays through a series of Saturday workshops at local library branches. The workshops will be staffed by trained volunteers to provide students with grammar, editing, and style and content support.
“Our Administration is committed to supporting the education goals of all of our citizens. We want more and more young people to graduate high school and continue on to complete college,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “This workshop series focused on assisting students improve their writing skills is one small way we can help prepare our city’s young people for future success. I want to encourage interested citizens to volunteer and students looking for help.”
PhillyGoes2College, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Education Fund and the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) will host workshops every Saturday from October 26th through December 14th, with the exception of November 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
· Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 South 52nd Street;
· Joseph E. Coleman Northwestern Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Avenue;
· Lillian Marrero Branch, 601 West Lehigh Avenue;
· McPherson Square Branch, 601 East Indiana Avenue; and
· Greater Olney Branch, 5501 North 5th Street.
“We are delighted to be able to offer one-on-one guidance to high school seniors as they complete their college application essays directly in the communities where they live,” said Barbara Mattleman, Director of PhillyGoes2College. “Writing a college application essay can be a daunting experience for some students and having volunteers trained and ready to assist in this effort is so important.”
Additional information about the College Essay Workshop series is available at www.PhillyGoes2College.com.