Families and Students
Family Resources During Covid-19
(From the City of Philadelphia)
Find Free Food and Supplies
Food distribution sites: https://www.phila.gov/food/#/
Meals for Students
- Students can pick up a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches every Thursday. Find student meal sites near you.
Free Food Boxes
- The City is working with Philabundance and Share Food Program to distribute free, fresh produce and non-perishable food to all Philadelphians. Find a free food site.
Meals for Seniors
- The City and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging are working together to ensure that older adults have access to free and nutritious food. Learn more about senior meal sites.
Free Food Delivery for People with Disabilities
- Beginning in May, people who are facing food insecurity and cannot leave their homes due to a disability can request free, weekly food delivery through Liberty Resources. To request to join this program, call or text (215) 709-9619, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the online form here. A program representative will call back to discuss the food delivery plan.
Keeping Families Healthy
- Staying healthy as a family is important during these times. Check out the City’s guide to supporting health and wellness in the home.
Where to Get COVID-19 Information
- Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline: 1-800-722-7112.
- Residents can text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to get updates sent to their phones.
- Call 311 for information on City of Philadelphia services.
Important High School Program Changes
In the future, Breakthrough will only administer programming for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders.We will continue to run the Summer and Saturday Academic Enrichment program for rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade students at GFS and Drexel Campuses. Please be assured that we will help each and every family in high school obtain Academic services.
Below are a few options for Academic Services and we are working on new partnerships.
For rising 9th graders, there is an opportunity to transition to Philadelphia Futures after students finish their summer program. Philadelphia Futures offers The Sponsor-A-Scholar program for low-income, first-generation-to-college students. Rising 9th grade students would be eligible to apply if they will be enrolling in a traditional Philadelphia public high school (non-charter) in the fall. The link for that application is http://bit.ly/SASBreakthrough.
For current 10th graders, there is an opportunity to transition to Philadelphia Futures. Philadelphia Futures offers The College Connection program for low-income, first-generation-to-college students who are currently in the 10th grade and will be attending a public, charter or parochial high school in Philadelphia. The link for that application is http://bit.ly/PFPartnerApp
For current 8th, 9th, and 10th graders, Temple UB and UBMS will welcome applications from those who attend (or will next year) Philadelphia schools (district and charter) located in Temple’s footprint in North Philadelphia or which are special admit schools. For admissions, they will consider the US Dept of Education eligibility requirements related to US citizenship, low-income and/or first-generation and/or high academic risk criteria, a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in school, the advising notes from Breakthrough, particularly around a students’ engagement in the program to date. More information about the programs and a link to the application (with an extended deadline of April 27th) can be found here.
For each of the applications listed above, Breakthrough can provide your child’s recommendation letters.
Any questions: please call Michelle Palmer at 267-255-9651 or Jamika Porter at 267-257-1581.
Please see the following link for the most updated list from the City of Philadelphia for Meal and Youth Activity: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-find-free-meals-and-safe-spaces-for-students-while-schools-are-closed/
Here is an interactive map of the meal/activity sites: http://phl.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=34b210c6dd684b8e944768c82c0efa5e
If you missed Kickoff…
Here are all of the documents that need to be filled out and emailed to us or brought to the site by the first day:
1. Student Emergency Contact
2. Student – Family Policies
3. Student – Family Policies Signature
4. Confidential Information Release
5. Media Consent
6. Transportation Form
7. Transportation Assistance Form
8. Drexel Liability Waiver
*EVERY student must fill this out, regardless of site.
9. Program Supply List
10. T-shirt Form
11. Contact Sheet
Please also remember to bring the $25 Program fee and $10 T-shirt fee.