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Student Success Centers Celebrate Achievements

Category: PYN | May 16, 2013

Philadelphia - On Wednesday, May 15, staff and students gathered to celebrate the year-round achievements of the Student Success Centers (SSC), which work to provide post-secondary and career preparation services to students in comprehensive high schools. This school year, SSCs resided in eight schools across the city.  


At the celebration, the keynote address was delivered by Jamira Burley, Philadelphia Youth Commission's Executive Director, and former SSCLA member. 

The students in attendance are members of the Student Success Centers Leadership Academy (SSCLA), the youth leadership component of the SSC project.  Comprised of student representatives from the Centers across the city, SSCLA members assist SSC adult staff in offering college and career support services to their peers, including student recruitment, SAT and FAFSA application assistance, data collection, and SSC special events. SSCLA participants also ensure that the services provided through their school's SSC meet the needs of their fellow students and are youth-friendly.  The SSCLA's ultimate goal is to transform their schools into college-going communities. The SSCLA boasts a 100 percent graduation rate for the enrolled seniors. 

During the event, the SSCLA class of 2013 was recognized. The ten soon-to-be graduates will be moving on to the following schools: Chestnut Hill College, Community College of Philadelphia, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University, and Temple University.

Established in 2004, the SSCs have provided services in 14 Philadelphia high schools. Since 2009, the Centers have served nearly 28,000 students.  During this current school year, more than 8,600 students have received academic, post-secondary, career preparation, leadership development, and social support through the Centers.

Student Success Centers (SSC) take a holistic approach to providing post-secondary and career exposure, preparation, planning, and transition services to students in comprehensive high schools. SSCs serve as a school-wide resource and offer a full range of services to students across all grades. In addition to facilitating the creation of post-secondary plans, SSCs provide critical services which help students stay engaged and on-track through high school graduation. 

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