Education is the key to success in ACHIEVEability's Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSSP). Parents in our program are required to attend post-secondary degree programs or its equivalent. We provide personalized coaching, tutoring and educational assessments to our parents. Once they earn a bachelor's degree, we continue to support each family to ensure the complete transition to self-sufficiency. Each year we celebrate the academic accomplishments of our families.

FSSP Educational Outcomes for FY16:

  • 9 parents earned college degrees (5 associate's degrees and 4 bachelor's degrees)
  • 68% of participants earned credits toward a post-secondary degree
  • Participants exiting with college degrees increased their annual income by more than 50%
  • 79 participants developed education/career development plans
  • 86 individuals actively enrolled in school 

Our parents attend the following schools:


tutoringACHIEVEability's academic coaches and dedicated volunteers, such as work study students from Saint Joseph's University and University of Pennsylvania, provide tutoring services for parents and their children. The personalized coaching includes assessing academic progress and providing supports to ensure the success of our families. 


Assistance with Educational Financing

ACHIEVEability helps parents access scholarships and government financial assistance. In some cases, we assist them with tuition payments and book expenses.