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Welcome to Guidance! FTCHS has 4 counselors whose primary goals are to monitor and ensure the academic and emotional success of all FTCHS students. We have designed this site to serve as a resource for students and parents across a variety of topics.  Please use the tabs to the right of the page to navigate your search.  If you have a specific question or concern, please feel free to contact your counselor.


The Counselors Are:
Faith Paluszek (last names A-F)

Elizabeth Kaisinger (last names G-K)

Christopher Logan (last names L-Ref)

Lindsay Runyen (last names Rei-Z)




Important Announcements:


Check out the Summer & Enrichment Page for new Summer opportunities!!!! 


Neurology High School Scholars Project

Are you a high school sophomore, junior or senior who is looking for an exciting opportunity this summer? The Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will run its annual Neurology High School Scholars Program beginning this July.

The High School Scholars Program offers the opportunity for three high school students to complete a five-week paid internship ($1,000 stipend). The internship involves working closely with a neurologist on a basic science or clinical research project, and shadowing physicians in clinic. Work hours will be determined between the student and mentor based on project need. At the end of the five weeks, students will be expected to prepare a poster presentation outlining their project results.

The application is now open. In order to be considered for the summer program, your complete application must be received by March 1, 2019.  Please visit This Link for more information.  


Interested in a career??? Check out Job Corps:



University of Pennsylvania Summer Mentorship Program  

The Office of Provost at the University of Pennsylvania is sponsoring a summer opportunity for students who are currently enrolled in 10th grade (and 9th grade students interested in engineering)  to learn about college, and careers in various fields.  Students will spend four weeks attending a program on the University of Pennsylvania campus, and earn a stipend for their successful completion of the program. The 2019 Summer Mentorship Program is scheduled for July 8-August 2, 2019.  Programs include: Dental, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Nursing.  Please visit for more information or see your counselor for an application.  


NC100BW-PA awards three scholarships each year to African-American women and young girls who are pursuing education. The scholarships are awarded annually during the Madam CJ Walker Awards Luncheon. DEADLINE EXTENSION – NOW DUE Thursday, February 14, 2019

Academic Requirements College Bound Graduating Senior, Current College Student, Continuing Education Adult

*Children and relatives of Coalition members are not eligible.*

Note: All applications and application materials must be RECEIVED BY by February 14, 2019.

Contact us via to request your 2019 Scholarship Award Application.


National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – PA Chapter

Attn: 2019 Scholarship Application

PO Box 13108

Philadelphia, PA 19101


Published by the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University, the Apprentice Writer is one of the few national literary magazines dedicated exclusively to showcasing the creativity of high school students.  Printed once a year, the magazine is edited and designed by SU students and then distributed to over 3000 high schools across the nation.  It also features a popular web page, 
A monetary prize of $200 is given to those students that are awarded the title of the Most Outstanding Poetry or Most Outstanding Prose for this year's edition, and a $50 monetary prize is offered for those who are awarded the title of Runner-Up.
Our submission period runs through March 15th, 2019. For submission guidelines, the link is as follows:

Submissions may be sent to the following link:


This is a wonderful opportunity for young writers to not only add to their resumes, but also to have the chance to be published early on in their academic careers.


Penn State Brandywine has announcements for our STEM Options: Explore, Engage, and Discover programs for girls. 

Read on for announcements about upcoming deadlines, as well as registration information for our 9th grade STEM Options: Career Pathways for Girls workshop, and more!

UPDATED - STEM Options: Virtual Conversations and Connections

Female STEM faculty across Penn State Brandywine have volunteered to connect with your students during class time, during an after school club meeting, etc. Similar to the Skype a Scientist program, our faculty are willing to speak about science careers, their specific research and field experiences, their own journey as a woman in STEM, and other topics. We are willing to connect with entire classrooms, not just girls in STEM groups, as it is important for all students to "virtually" meet and connect with a female STEM professional. Visit our website and contact us to connect: 

NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS - STEM Options: Writing Contest

We invite girls in grades 3 through 12 enrolled in schools in Chester County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County to write an original story that connects to our contest theme, honoring the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT).  

Girls are encouraged to write a story in whatever style they choose (science fiction, mystery, letter to the editor, adventure, superhero, award nomination, how-to, biography, etc.) that highlights one element from the periodic table of chemical elements and its role in providing solutions to global challenges in areas such as energy, education, agriculture, and health.

Submission deadline: March 15, 2019 Visit our website to learn more: 

 NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION - STEM Options: Career Pathways for Girls

Our one-day career exploration program for 9th grade girls is now accepting registrations. Visit our website to learn more about the program, the schedule, requirements for schools to bring their girls, bios from previous presenters, etc.


This video will give you an excellent overview of the program: 

Lifeguarding offers skills such as responsibility and time management as well as an opportunity to earn some extra money while school is not in session. Being a lifeguard is a wonderful job for your students AND teachers! American Pool is one of the largest pool management companies in the area and operates over 100 facilities throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. We offer competitive wages, bi-weekly pay, and many bonus incentive programs. We also offer discounted training to all employees including lifeguard, CPR & AED certifications, all of which will aid in building a resume.We are looking forward to having a successful summer and we are confident that your students could be interested in accomplishing this goal.


Please visit or more fore information.   


Looking for a job this summer?? Check out the link below



Tech It Out Philly is a FREE workshop in Penn Engineering that runs for 8 weeks in the spring semester on Sunday afternoons 2/10 to 4/7. In Tech It Out Philly, Penn CS students teach high school students how to code through researching, designing and developing a web site on an issue important to the student. Please check out the web site for the application and more information!!


Saint Joseph's University

The John P. McNulty Scholars Program is designed for highly qualified young women who are pursuing a degree in the natural sciences, mathematics or computer science.  This challenging program provides full- and partial-tuition scholarships, and a supportive environment to help bright young women become leaders who reach the highest echelons of the STEM professions.  Please visit more more information and the application. **** Please note: You do not need to be admitted to SJU before you apply to the McNulty Program.  


Penn Medicine's Hospice offers two programs, Camp Erin Philadelphia and Grief Research:Rediscovering Family, Rediscovering Fun
Camp Erin is a free bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.  Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities.  Led by bereavement professionals and caring volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills and make friends with peers who are also grieving. Camp takes place Friday, June 7 through Sunday June 9 in Montgomery County Pa.  Applications are accepted until all available spaces are filled.  it is recommended that families apply by March 1. For more information and to fill out an application, please visit  
Grief Research: Rediscovering Family, Rediscovering Fun is a program designed for families in their second and third years after a significant death.  There are workshops throughout the year that promote healing and building resilience as a family unit, through fun shared experiences.  For more information, please visit 
Other 2019 Events Include: 
1/26- Painting for Hope 
4/13- Horsing Around 
7/20 Building to Learn 
9/21- Grilling for Sustenance
11/9- Magic Tricks for Coping 


Calling all creative teens!!!! The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for submission!!! please visit for more information 



Drexel University
Drexel University is proud to announce that they are offering application fee waivers via the Common Application to all Philadelphia High School students. Please visit for details.

 Jump Start Your Career in a Year!


Year Up Greater Philadelphia is currently recruiting for its February 2019 cohort!


Year Up is a one-year, intensive education and professional development program that provides young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, corporate internships with leading companies, a stipend, and the opportunity to access college credits loan free.  Whether your goal is to jumpstart your career in an in-demand industry or continue to pursue a college degree—Year Up is the next step that can give you options. 

We provide training in the following areas of study: Business Analytics, Financial Operations and Information Technology


Please contact us today to schedule a time to come in for an info session at one of our convenient times:

Info Sessions – Tuesdays at 2:00pm and Thursdays at 10:00am and 2:00pm


Fast-Track Saturday (complete 3 of 4 steps in 1 day!) - Saturday, December 8th

RSVP Here: Yes, I’d like to attend Fast-Track Saturday!


Can’t make it? Complete an Info Session Online


Application Deadline is January 28th …. Don’t miss out! Contact us today to RSVP




  • Does it cost to attend Year Up? Absolutely NOT—our program is FREE!
  • What areas of study does Year Up offer? Business Analytics, Financial Operations, and Information Technology
  • Can you work part-time and do Year Up? Absolutely—we have many students that work part-time while doing the program to supplement the stipend they receive from the program.
  • How much can I earn after the program? The average starting salary for Year Up graduates is $40,000 a year.
  • How long do info sessions last? Info sessions last about an hour
  • Can I talk to someone if I have questions before attending an info session? Absolutely—we love to speak to prospective students. Give us a call at 215.384.4526 or 215.670.9108 to be connected


…for FREE – Submit an Interest Form Today!



QUESTIONS? Contact Ariel Peterson, Recruitment Specialist, at or 215.384.4526


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