Future Foundation Atlanta

Archives: 2017

Through LOVE, LEARNING and LEADERSHIP we at Future Foundation have been able to engage business leaders, government and volunteers to rally behind our work and affect change in our most vulnerable communities. Check out what we’ve been up to!

LOVE

Last week, two master barbers from Trinity Barbershop in College Park, GA came by our Future Foundation teen center and volunteered their services to our summer camp students. The results were astounding!!! Kudos to our Future Foundation staff, Xavier Alexander (program aide) for coordinating this awesome endeavor.

Trinity Barbershop
Robert Moore; owner/master barber
1876 Harvard Avenue
College Park, GA
404.780.5580

LEARNING

Future Foundation has partnered with tech startup, Tribe, to pilot a 6-week initiative focused on closing the college and career readiness gap for children coming from low-income families. Tribe uses an online platform (Instagram) to connect high school students to professionals and facilitate career exploration and role modeling. This allows students to:

  • Directly engage with career content and professional mentors
  • Ask questions, and build relationships despite distance and place.
  • Guarantees a young person receives the support and investment he/she needs to be successful after high school.

    Check out our students in action!

LEADERSHIP

In April, our Banneker High School kids took a field trip to the Urban Feed Store in Historic College Park, GA. The students utilized the etiquette information they learned from a previous workshop that taught them essential codes of conduct for social behavior. The owner, Ms. McQueen, conducted a Q&A session, discussed how she became an entrepreneur and highlighted her career path. She stressed the importance of a college education and the challenges she faced along her academic journey. 

The restaurant customized our menus and provided exceptional service. It was an awesome learning experience and opportunity for all 21 Banneker High School students who attended.

 

Kelly Walton, Chief Operations Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Future Foundation is proud to announce that Kelly Walton has joined our organization as Chief Operating Officer. Kelly comes to us from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, where she served for three years as the Senior Director of Higher Education Partnerships. Her major responsibilities consisted of establishing the inaugural Higher Education Partnerships division and leading global efforts to develop a college-going culture for over 4 million Club youth.

Kelly also has extensive consulting experience working with various organizations in the education arena. Most recently, she worked with MDRC, as a site liaison consultant on the national evaluation of the Diplomas Now Model. Additionally, she served in various leadership positions within the secondary division for a school district in metro Atlanta.

Her strong organizational skills and attention to detail are a reflection of her unwavering commitment to serving youth through education.

Rhonda Howard, Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhonda Howard joins Future Foundation as it’s new Chief Financial Officer. Her experience with government grant billing,  coupled with excellent knowledge of preparing financial statements, budget reports, and managing staff makes her a perfect fit for the role.

Rhonda’s strong analytical skills and dedication will no doubt be an asset to our organization as we continue to grow and expand. Her goals are to help the Future Foundation simplify our accounting process, develop and implement effective channels that can put reduce expenses and stimulate income.

Her resume is not just impressive, but is also evidence of her hard work and commitment to the organizations she has served. We look forward to working with Rhonda as she helps Future Foundation take our nonprofit to the next level.

The Future Foundation welcomes both Kelly and Rhonda to the team and we look forward to each of their contributions.

The Future Foundation is an organization committed to disrupting the way poverty has been historically addressed nationwide and leading a revolutionary, data-driven effort against the core causes of poverty in America. It is dedicated to the vision of a world without poverty beginning in the neighborhoods surrounding Atlanta where it serves a great need.

Poverty is not about being poor. Being poor is a symptom of a condition. Poverty has traceable, measurable causes beyond simply low income, like:

  • Overwhelmingly single-parent environment
  • Lack of access to quality nutrition
  • Lack of access to healthcare
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Ubiquitous violence
  • Aimless, directionless time after school
  • Lack of opportunity, mentors and inspiration

While most things, like water follow a path of least resistance to find their own level. The Future Foundation follows the path of known success to help raise the tide.

 

“Poverty does not belong in civilized human society. It’s proper place is in a museum.”

Muhammad Yanus, Entrepreneur, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

 

THE SECOND FAMILY CONCEPT

How does it work?

Our model supports approximately 400 students across five sites. Future Foundation serves as a second home for children attending low-performing schools in South Fulton, ranging from 6th – 12th grade.

LEARNING | LEADERSHIP  | LOVE

Future Foundation works not to replace the student’s family, but instead to fill in the gaps, provide stable, nurturing relationships and opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be available to support and guide young people and their families.

The Future Foundation expands the frame of reference to these students and opens their eyes to a world outside their experience. It inspires them to see greater opportunity than they ever realized existed through:

  • Connection to learning resources; tutoring and mentoring
  • A safe nurturing after-school environment
  • Access to internships at some of Atlanta’s leading employers
  • Directed inspiration and mentorship by some of the brightest lights in Atlanta

Education is the key, but for those living in an environment with so many fundamental threats, the challenge is finding the door.

 

DATA-BASED DISRUPTION

Since 2004, the Future Foundation of Atlanta has been proving success in its data-driven approach to the eradication of poverty. Our approach encompasses the same elements that disrupt technology:

  • Realtime data
  • Collaboration
  • User Experience
  • Innovation to change the norm

100% of Future Foundation students graduate high school and go on to enroll in post-secondary education. Everyday we are disrupting the expectations people have of children who grow up in poverty.

“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions, they will be moved to act.”

-Bill Gates, Philanthropist

 

THE METHOD

We are creating a new ecosystem. We are coordinating assets of businesses, government, schools and not-for-profits. Our model puts the not-for-profit sector’s greatest asset—people—to work filling the void where traditional family pillars are missing in under-supported communities.

Then, we measure every effort. We identify the things that work. We eliminate the things that don’t. We optimize the things that work best.

 

STORY OF GROWTH

Founded in 2004 by NBA star and East Point native, Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Under the direction of CEO Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, The Future Foundation has grown from a staff of 2 with a $200k budget to a staff of 40 and a $2.5M budget with a vision of national influence.

 

“Wars of countries are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”

-Muhammad Ali

 

WHAT’S NEXT?

We will continuously look at our data from our Second Family Concept and make changes to create the most productive solutions. We live in a time of constant change and we need to be willing to adapt to keep our children on track. This technology-driven approach can be scaled to service other communities—ultimately around the country.

We are using data mined from our own Second Family concept and research into the most productive known solutions to further improve our children’s lives. The vision is to use these real, technology-based opportunities proven within the context of this data to create a scalable model to serve the larger community and ultimately social systems throughout the country.

In large part, The Future Foundation is about exposing young people to what’s possible and helping them access the tools they’ll need to succeed in life. The objective is to create an opportunity for upward mobility that wasn’t there before.

“In god we trust. All others must bring data.”

-William E. Deming, Statistician

 

IDENTIFYING WEAKNESS—TURNING IT INTO STRENGTH

Many not-for-profit organizations embrace a singular mission and a single approach. As a result, growth is limited or stagnated. The Future Foundation, on the other hand, is built on a vision of disruption. As a result, our vision guides us, but the mission evolves to serve that vision.

We are at the forefront of the not-for-profit sector when it comes to bringing people, technology and organizations together. We embrace technology and measure results to inform the methods we use to solve problems and grow.

THE PROGRAM

ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROVIDER |  COMMUNITY BUILDER  |  SECOND FAMILY

We host our students in an office and several classroom spaces after school. It is a full year, 12-month program that gives students a sort of second home in which to feel our Second Family experience. They have uninterrupted time to study, work with tutors, help each other and talk. The program is designed to address the needs of the individual students but also collectively give them the opportunity to help each other, learn to lead, and learn to communicate effectively in a save environment. Goals of the program include:

  • Improve academic performance
  • Foster “whole child” development
  • Increase adult family member involvement
  • Increase youth enrollment
  • Build after school program and collaborative capacity

Disrupting the cycle of poverty in America isn’t just about money. It’s about building a system—filling in the societal gaps and completing a second family—where there wasn’t one before.

“We’re battling the statistics. We’re shifting the data. We’re building a new, more effective paradigm.” Q.A.R.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We created a ‘second family’ to help children climb out of poverty in South Fulton. Now the Future Foundation is launching a new research study designed to validate that model and spread our success. Ultimately, we plan to disrupt poverty in Atlanta, throughout Georgia and the United States.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Benjamin Franklin said “time is money.” And as much as we need funding, your time means as much.

Donate – Your financial support allows us to keep innovating our program for our students.

Volunteer – Your time as a volunteer educator or mentor is just as valuable to a young person.

Opportunity – An internship provides a unique and inspiring experience.

Ask us how you can help.

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”

-Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

 

June 15, 2017

Kristina Christy, Vice President of Atlanta Community Affairs for Wells Fargo, stopped by the Future Foundation (FF) board meeting held at Pricewaterhousecoopers in Midtown Atlanta, to present a check in the amount of $17,500. The grant was awarded to the foundation to support its launch of an education research study being conducted for Woodland and McNair Middle Schools in Fulton County. 400 students will be recruited as a part of the study to validate FF’s 2.0 approach to helping underserved students make smart decisions about academics, social behavior, physical, nutritional, and sexual health—in order to prepare them for bright futures.

With the continued support of community partners like Wells Fargo, Future Foundation’s 2.0 strategy could be the catalyst needed to jump-start education reform not only for students in metro Atlanta, but for low-performing school districts across the nation.

See the link here for an overview of the study.

 

 

Established four years ago, the Casey Foundation’s Expanding Evidence portfolio aims to strengthen the capacity of emerging programs for families of color. Future Foundation in Atlanta is a prime example.

Learn why community leaders across Georgia are excited about the work this afterschool program is doing: http://www.aecf.org/blog/organizations-learn-how-to-demonstrate-effectiveness-of-programs-for-people/