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  • Step up: Staff from Philadelphia Futures visited Northeast High School to distribute copies of the 24th edition of Step Up to College Guide, a free resource book to help high school students and their families during the college admissions processes. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • Step up: Staff from Philadelphia Futures visited Northeast High School to distribute copies of the 24th edition of Step Up to College Guide, a free resource book to help high school students and their families during the college admissions processes. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • Step up: Staff from Philadelphia Futures visited Northeast High School to distribute copies of the 24th edition of Step Up to College Guide, a free resource book to help high school students and their families during the college admissions processes. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

  • Step up: Staff from Philadelphia Futures visited Northeast High School to distribute copies of the 24th edition of Step Up to College Guide, a free resource book to help high school students and their families during the college admissions processes. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

The folks from Phil­adelphia Fu­tures were at North­east High School re­cently, dis­trib­ut­ing cop­ies of the 24th edi­tion of Step Up to Col­lege Guide, a free 43-page re­source book to help high school stu­dents and their fam­il­ies dur­ing the col­lege ad­mis­sions and fin­an­cial aid pro­cesses.

In all, more than 40,000 free cop­ies of the guide are be­ing dis­trib­uted to every pub­lic, charter and private high school in Phil­adelphia, free lib­rary branches and com­munity-based or­gan­iz­a­tions.

The guide is filled with in­form­a­tion on the col­lege ap­plic­a­tion, ad­mis­sions and fin­an­cial aid pro­cesses. It helps stu­dents identi­fy col­lege choices, write ap­plic­a­tion es­says, un­der­stand fin­an­cial aid, ap­ply for schol­ar­ships and trans­ition to col­lege life.

On “Step Up to Col­lege Day,” Phil­adelphia Fu­tures vis­ited North­east and 11 oth­er high schools to de­liv­er the guide and the Phil­adelphia Fu­tures Col­lege Kit, which con­tained oth­er col­lege-go­ing re­sources and tools.

North­east High ninth- through 12th-graders re­ceived the guides in the cafet­er­ia and their classrooms. Phil­adelphia Fu­tures staff ex­plained the guide and answered ques­tions.

The way Phil­adelphia Fu­tures sees it, the guide is par­tic­u­larly im­port­ant at a time when col­lege guid­ance ser­vices have been re­duced in city pub­lic schools.

Joan C. Maz­zo­tti, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of Phil­adelphia Fu­tures, was at North­east for the giveaway.

“At a time when our high schools are strug­gling to provide first-gen­er­a­tion-to-col­lege stu­dents with the guid­ance that is needed to suc­cess­fully be ad­mit­ted to col­lege, our Step Up to Col­lege Guide of­fers a com­pre­hens­ive re­source,” she said. “It is vi­tal that high school stu­dents un­der­stand the post­sec­ond­ary op­tions that are avail­able to them. This year, as we con­front the chal­lenges in our schools, we all need to do more. We are hope­ful we will get cop­ies of the Guide in the hands of every high school stu­dent and their fam­il­ies.”

Phil­adelphia Fu­tures re­ceived as­sist­ance in pro­du­cing the guide from Eagles Youth Part­ner­ship, the U.S. Army ROTC and 12 loc­al col­leges and uni­versit­ies.

The guide is avail­able at www.phil­adelphi­afu­tures.org/step-up-to-col­lege-guide

In ad­di­tion, con­tent is avail­able on the Step Up to Col­lege page on Face­book. Stu­dents and par­ents are also in­vited to fol­low Step Up to Col­lege on Twit­ter. ••

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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