We use rooms for everything. Storage, Eating, Sleeping, Dancing. Too many rooms are just confined spaces that merely contain activity. But we at 12+ ask: what if they didn't just contain activity, what if they could spark it? Welcome to the PLUS Center. Through our PLUS Centers, we strive to carry out our mission of building a college-going culture all throughout Philadelphia.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
With budget cuts affecting schools across the Philadelphia School District, the call has never been greater for the optimization of existing resources. Understaffed and underfunded, schools need to be creative in how they render services to students in order to maintain and exceed the level of education in classrooms across the city. Therefore, rooms can no longer just be rooms: a floor and ceiling closed in by walls. They need to be a catalyst for belief, action, and inspiration.
How will this project solve this problem?
PLUS Centers are an incubator for imagination, inspiration, and action. Funded and operated by 12+, our PLUS Centers are at the core of the college-going culture within our partner schools. Our centers are staffed by our Fellows (www.12plus.org/fellows) and facilitate a range of activities including workshops, leadership seminars, tutoring, and after-school programming.
Potential Long Term Impact
Last year, 12+ helped its partner school, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, increase its college enrollment rate from 11% to over 70%. These seniors entered our PLUS Center, dreamed of life beyond 12th grade, and dared to make these goals a reality. However, the impact of our PLUS Centers go beyond the numbers. From our Center, we aim to create a positive culture that permeates throughout the rest of the school.