Programs We Sponsor

Mentor for Philly


Founded in the Bi-Co in 2013, Mentor for Philly is a relationship-building non-profit that aims to equip high schoolers with the "social know-how" skills needed to navigate and succeed in college. In tight-knit teams led by College Mentors, students use the college application process as a vehicle to learn how to build networks and do independent research -- skills that are critical for college success.

College Mentors build meaningful relationships with their seniors in a team-based, communal environment and guide them through the MFP Senior College Challenge, a year-long curriculum that uses the college application process as a vehicle to prepare students with the social know-how to succeed in higher education. In total, seniors will be led through six “challenges,” which each one functioning as a curricular module our mentors can guide their mentees through:

1. Create a College and Career “Dream Roadmap”
2. Construct a Strong College List
3. Pen and Refine a College Quality Admissions Essay
4. Design Your Own College Class
5. Choose an Academically and Financially Fit College
6. Establish a College Success Plan

MFP connects volunteer College Mentors from Haverford, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania with seniors and juniors at Parkway West, Parkway Center City, and Central High Schools.

Volunteer College Mentors are asked to commit one day a week to mentoring.  Transportation to the mentoring sites is provided by Civic Engagement.

For more information on the weekly mentoring schedule and to find out how to sign up to volunteer, contact the Bryn Mawr Student Coordinators:

Namita Dwarakanath at 

Izzy Frosch at