Power Partners matches socially conscious organizations with children from Philadelphia classrooms for literacy coaching sessions running from October through May of each school year. Children receive academic support at corporate and non-profit sites across the city, are exposed to positive adult role models, and experience authentic volunteerism in the workplace.
What It Is
Since 1998, the Philadelphia READS Power Partners program has provided a creative blend of literacy enrichment, mentoring, and career education for over 12,000 Philadelphia public school students in grades 1 – 3. Throughout this time, volunteer “power partners” have donated approximately 450,000 hours, meeting with their students on a weekly basis for one-on-one literacy coaching. Power Partners do more than help students to build their literacy skills, they inspire them as living examples of how an education can lead to success!
This Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program connects corporations and professional organizations with students from Philadelphia’s public and charter classrooms. The relationship ratio is 1:1 and maintained for the entire school-year.
Starting in August 2019, the Power Partners program will be administered by Achieve Now. Achieve Now has proven capacity to build students’ foundational skills, particularly phonemic awareness and phonics. The union of Achieve Now and Philadelphia READS will increase our capacity to individualize instruction to each student in our program. Together, we can support young readers who need foundational skills building while simultaneously developing advanced comprehension strategies in those already reading at or above grade level.
Just how powerful are our “power” partners? Our research shows that low-achieving students who participate in our Power Partners program make significant advancements in their reading levels within the school year. Our Power Partners program is making a difference!
Think your organization would be a great Power Partner? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about becoming one of our Power Partners!
2019-2020 power Partners
Non-profit power partners
Environmental Protection Agency
First Judicial Courts - Common Pleas
Philadelphia Law Department
School District of Philadelphia
US Attorney's Office
US Court of Appeals
past power partners
AmeriChoice of Pennsylvania
Beneficial Savings Bank
Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church
Community College of Philadelphia
City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services
Dow Jones Chemical
First Judicial District - Office of Prothonotary
Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin
Harvey, Pennington, Cabot, Griffith & Renneisen Ltd.
Jewish Community Services Building
Lincoln Financial Management Group
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads
Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc.
Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership
PNC Center City & Eastwick & New Jersey
Rohm and Haas Company
Saul Ewing, LLP
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, Inc.
Wolf Block Schorr & Solic-Cohen LLP