Classroom teachers in publicly funded schools in Philadelphia, P.A. and Camden, N.J. are eligible to apply for College Champions. This year-long program for students in grades K-8 pairs your classroom with a University of Pennsylvania student-athlete mentor who will send monthly video lessons and visit your classroom at least twice per year.
Our carefully selected and trained student-athlete mentors are leaders at their university who can role model the importance of education to your students, help them develop their own leadership skills, and nurture a desire to volunteer in the community. Through monthly video lessons, your mentor will challenge your students to implement goal setting, teamwork, perseverance, and other social and emotional skills and mindsets while they identify and accomplish their own big dreams.
Our Philadelphia-based education team member will support you in planning and implementing monthly lessons, and will be there in person to help you when needed. You will also become a member of a local vibrant Professional Learning Network working together to strengthen your community.
You will receive donated technology for facilitating the relationship with your student-athlete mentor. The program is free to teachers thanks to the generous support of our corporate, foundation, and individual donors.
Learn more about College Champions here.
This year, the College Champions program will be working with publicly funded schools in Philadelphia, P.A. and Camden, N.J. only. These schools must serve populations in which 50% or more of students qualify for free or reduced lunch rates. If you would like to apply or have questions, please click the links below the video.
Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now closed.