Our Mission

Brighter Horizon’s mission is to support high school students in becoming the first in their family to pursue a four-year college education.

With a focus on academic achievement, mentoring, and financial need, the Organization seeks to open opportunities for underserved youth to whom a four-year degree would otherwise be inaccessible.

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Our Focus

Our Organization serves as a critical resource to first-generation students and their families throughout the various stages of the high school-to-college transition process and beyond.

Most of these families are unfamiliar with the requirements and expectations of the college admission process, so in today’s institutional rhetoric and procedure-based system, these students are at a significant disadvantage—often compounded by racial and socioeconomic challenges. Brighter Horizon is breaking the cycle of exclusion that these barriers create by supporting and empowering students throughout the college application process.

Through a pragmatic approach, Brighter Horizon constructively counters the anxieties and stresses often experienced by first-generation students to make a four-year college education possible.

What We Do:

  • Introduce students to the college search and transition process.
  • Provide training for college admissions criteria and planning for deadlines and required fees.
  • Offer guidance with college applications, testing and personal essay writing, including completing the Common Application.
  • Assist with financial documentation and completing the FAFSA forms.
  • Connect students with a larger network of successful first-generation individuals in four-year degree programs, helping foster mentorships and new relationships.
  • Grant scholarships for qualified students.
  • Offer mentorship throughout their college career and assistance with internships and full-time job searches.

Brighter Horizon is redefining today’s empowerment services for underserved, first-generation youth in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Our Organization is making a four-year degree attainable throughout every step of the process; from the school selection, application, and acceptance to funding and mentoring throughout their college career.