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This holiday season we reflect on what drives us forward throughout the year, and we extend gratitude for all who invest in us.

Fifty-percent. That’s how many of the students in East Point and College Park graduate from high school.

At Future Foundation, we’ve doubled that average. In our first decade, we ensured that 100% of our students graduated, despite poorly performing high schools, and went on to post-secondary institutions. That’s one way we’re bridging gaps between dreams and reality – and combatting daunting statistics through our core programs.

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Just as we’ve improved graduation rates, we’re serious about addressing poverty – and about ending the multi-generational cycle in our community. That’s why we have expanded both the breadth and depth of Future Foundation’s impact. Check out the video to discover how we are being more strategic and intentional in our work:

By sharpening our approach we’re increasing family connectedness and student outcomes. Moving forward, we want to maintain our 100% graduation rate for Future Foundation students, and we will further imbed our model so the schools they attend have strong graduation rates too.

Thank you for partnering with us to improve educational outcomes and economic opportunities for youth. With your support, Future Foundation students are rising above their circumstances and succeeding in school, community, family, and life.

This holiday season, let’s Keep It 100%,


Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim

Chief Executive Office

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During the summer, our College 4 Careers (C4C) program presented an innovative program at the Opportunity Hub (OHUB) that stressed to students the importance of creating products that solve actual, real-world problems. We’re very excited that Ariana and Latavia (pictured above in the center), sophomores at Tri Cities High School, reached the finals with their unique jewelry collection.

Dismayed by statistics on the number of children who go missing each year, the two students decided to focus on a way to combat the problem by making missing children easier to find.

Their solution: jewelry—such as earrings, necklaces and bracelets—equipped with GPS devices that track the child wearing it and an app that shows their location. The students had learned that often the first thing an abductor does is take away a child’s phone. They wanted to create a way for children to be tracked using something that wouldn’t be obvious as a tracking device.”

Ariana and Latavia, who call their product “Hide & Seek,” worked closely with Chuck Barlow, the Community Manager at OHub, and other local business people to make their idea a reality. Through the process, they and the other students in the program learned how to create a business model, present ideas, and design and build a prototype. They also used the Google Applications suite for coding, app development, and media production.

“The app development class was interesting,” said Latavia. “It really helped me with my confidence and professionalism. After the classes we have had meetings and events about launching our app.”

Ariana agreed. “My experience with the app development class was a very educational journey,” she said. “I actually learned a lot in the short time period that we had to work. It gave me something to think about and actually looked forward to do. I loved it and I am now in the process of launching my first app.”

The girls’ work earned them first place in the Future Tank pitch competition, which was modeled after the Shark Tank TV show—students presented their concepts to industry professionals who determined which ones should move forward. Ariana and Latavia are slated to receive mentorship support from SOSSI (Saving Our Sons & Sisters International), who ran the app class at OHub.

One in a series of profiles of the people who make our work possible.

Where do you live?

I currently live in Sandy Springs and have lived in the area for almost 10 years.

What is your current job? What does it involve?

I am a Management Consultant at KPMG LLP. In my role, I am responsible for working with our large Fortune 500 clients, helping them achieve better organizational performance and growth by solving problems and finding new ways of conducting business. My focus area is strategy development and implementation, and financial management.

How did you learn about Future Foundation?

I learned of the Foundation through a good friend who mentioned the great work the Foundation had done for families in East Point and the South Fulton area. After researching the organization on my own, I was moved by the work of the Foundation—empowering youth and their families to take the necessary steps to uplift themselves out of poverty.

Describe your activities as a Future Foundation board member.

As a board member, I work closely with the board of directors and senior Foundation staff to help steer the Foundation toward a sustainable future by establishing a clear organizational strategy for growth; adopting sound, ethical, governance and financial management policies; and making sure the Foundation has adequate resources to advance its mission. One of the activities I enjoy most is nurturing and cultivating donor relationships.

As the new Fund Development Chair, what are your development goals for the committee and hopes for the organization?

As Development Chair, it is my goal to guide the board of directors in attaining and growing sustainable channels of financial support from organizational and individual donors to enhance the Foundation’s ability to provide quality services to the more than 1,500 youth and families that it serves. We’re at a critical time in which we need to significantly expand the amount of donations received from private donors and I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to guide the Fund Development committee in this effort.

Through the committee, I hope to help implement strong development policies and practices to build a model for sustainable future fundraising. Additionally, I hope to help grow the Foundation’s reach to positively impact and inspire more youth and families throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area.

Are you involved in any other volunteer activities?

Yes, I enjoy volunteering at Ivy Preparatory Academies here in Atlanta.

 What do you hope to gain from volunteering?

I’m passionate about education, particularly access to quality education for urban youth. Through volunteering, I hope to inspire these youth to seek and attain a quality education for themselves to ensure a successful future, no matter where they are from.

What is your vision for the future of Future Foundation?

My vision for the Foundation is to serve as a strong force for reducing the poverty rate in Atlanta through education via increased quality of our programs and expansion of our reach to more communities.

The Community Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the country. Together with its donors, it averages more than $75 million in grants annually to an estimated 2,000 nonprofit organizations, encouraging and strengthening multi-sector partnerships and strategic philanthropy as a whole. Here are some of the ways Future Foundation is benefitting from The Community Foundation’s support.

Strategic Restructuring Fund Opportunity with Communities in Schools of Atlanta 

They say that two heads are better than one, and that has certainly proven true in our work with the Communities In Schools of Atlanta Partnership (CIS).

Both of our organizations serve students at Banneker High School–CIS is a partner with Future Foundation and other agencies in the College Park Enrichment Collaborative (CPEC), which serves residents of the Banneker High School Feeder Area and College Park Opportunity Zone who have limited access to culturally appropriate, systemic, and sustained enrichment services.

During the last months of 2014, we worked with CIS to develop a service delivery model designed to ensure that students at risk of dropping out of high school graduate and access concrete post-secondary education and employment options. Through this process, we discovered opportunities for joint partnership since major components of the model are afterschool (Future Foundation) and case management (CIS) services.

Encouraged, we participated in a unique program called FUSE15 (an initiative sponsored by the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits), which offered nonprofit partners an opportunity to present a business case, issue or challenge and teams using DEEP design thinking methodology – Discover, Empathize, Experiment, Produce – to build their personal skills sets and the capacity of nonprofit partners knowing that their designs and prototypes impacted the Georgia nonprofit community. As a collaborative team with CIS, we selected one of the many ideas generated by the team to pursue: data sharing in real time. This concept envisions an app that enables schools to share information about what they see in our students during the day, while we share what we experience with them during after school programs.

This experience led us to apply for a grant from The Community Foundation’s Strategic Restructuring Fund to strengthen and deepen our partnership. Recently we were notified that we had been awarded a grant for Partnership Assessment, which will enable our two organizations to assess our readiness and suitability as potential partners and examine the different types of partnership models.

We’re excited about the new possibilities ahead as we collaborate with CIS to develop ways to help students more effectively by improving two-way communications and knowledge sharing.