JA Step To Success

Thank you to La Salle University and Temple University College of Engineering for making the pilot of JA Step to Success a great impact! Toghether, with over a dozen volunteers - including University staff, University students, and corporate volunteers - we impacted over 1,600 students in early June. We look forward to impacting more Philadelphia 3rd Graders in the 2016-2017 school year! Take a look at the video below to see the experience, or click here to see 6ABC's feature on the Program.

JA Step to Success emphasizes a foundation of college aspiration within the School District of Philadelphia by targeting 3rd Grade Students. The program centers around a 3 hour tour of a local University, enhanced by pre- and post- in-class lessons designed to prepare students and reinforce the college visit experience. This initiative represents a community coming together to support schools in changing the way our Philadelphia students think of their Postsecondary futures. To change the life of third graders in Philadelphia, contact Philadelphia Program Manager Anjela Alvarado, anjela.alvarado@ja.org or (484) 253-0489.

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interested in volunteering.

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educator teaching the program.




Comprehensive teacher training led by JA staff. Teachers receive all classroom materials and  walk through the components of the program followed by a Q&A. Program materials will be handed out, including Student Portfolio Folders, Worksheets, and Teacher Scripted Session Guides, which include optional Extended Learning Opportunities. 


In-Class Lesson - Prior to Visit

Two 45-minute scripted, teacher-led sessions will get students thinking "why college?" Students will start a college portfolio, complete JA's College Wordfind, play JA Step to Success "Bingo," and design persuasive college ads. 


Site Visit - 3 hours

On campus, classrooms will be led in groups on a tour by community, business and university volunteers. The experience will last from 10:30 am-1:30pm and include 4 highlighted destinations and a 30 minute lunch. While on site, volunteer hosts provided by Junior Achievement will challenge students with active discussion and lead each group to develop a Team Cheer – a rap, chant or poem – that would encourage a friend to attend college. Students will collect Gold Star Stickers for good choices and participation throughout the day – emphasizing personal accountability.


In-Class Lesson - Debrief Activity

Reinforcing the message of college aspiration, back at school, students complete a college self portrait and write a personal statement on college benefits. Finally, they complete their Personal College Portfolio with a signed college pledge certificate indicating their commitment.

To be a JA Step To Success volunteer, or for more information, please contact Philadelphia Program Manager Anjela Alvarado, anjela.alvarado@ja.org or (484) 253-0489.