Future Foundation Atlanta

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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

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.


What’s your superpower?

As students walked through the doors of Future Foundation for their last day of Summer programming, there was both a sense of relief and dismay. They had worked hard all Summer building drones, designing apps, developing math and reading skills and receiving college and career prep courses. This moment was bittersweet; students who were once strangers had become friends, and now had to wish each other farewell (at least for now).

The new school year was just weeks away and the staff at Future Foundation wanted to ensure that each youth had a great kick-off to the new semester. What better way to do this than a superhero-themed cookout? This end of Summer party theme was chosen by the staff to help students discover their own “superpowers”.

The program curriculum was modified for the day to teach students how to use their superpowers to take on the school year just like their favorite superheroes would. Each child designed their own superhero cape, enjoyed some great barbecue and ended the afternoon  in with a dance celebration in honor of all that was accomplished and all that there is still left to achieve.

 

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.

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/

News Release

For Immediate Release

 

For 10 consecutive years, 100 % of Future Foundation program participants have graduated from high school and attended post-secondary institutions. On March 29, 2017, Future Foundation celebrated Atlanta’s past, present and future investments in education for underserved youth at its Keep It 100% luncheon. Led by event chair, Curley Dossman, President of Georgia Pacific Foundation, and a host committee of 21 business and civic leaders, this signature fundraising event for Future Foundation invites the metro Atlanta community to become 100% Circle Investors with the goal of raising $350,000. The Jean Childs Young Individual Leadership in Education Award was presented to Shan Cooper, Chief Transformation Officer of WestRock, and the Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award was presented to UPS. These distinguished awardees were chosen for their significant investments in education for metro Atlanta’s most vulnerable youth.

 

The most important civil rights issue facing the United States today is education in underserved communities. Here in Atlanta, activists and philanthropists have long made education for our most vulnerable, at-risk youth their top priority; this is the core of the Future Foundation mission.

 

A young but powerful organization with a strategic model that utilizes education to change the trajectory for impoverished youth, Future Foundation enjoys the support of the Atlanta philanthropic community. The families of Jean Childs Young, former first lady of Atlanta and internationally known educator and advocate for children’s rights, and Bennett Brown, former NationsBank chairman who invested in education to improve the lives of resilient children who, like him, did not have easy access to higher education, are ardent supporters.

 

Ann Wilson Cramer, who has been committed to education and empowering children in Atlanta for decades through her corporate role with IBM and her personal advocacy as a community leader and co-founder of Communities in Schools, is also a trusted advisor and supporter. “I want to be part of a community in which every child– has the opportunity to grow up safe, healthy, educated, connected, employable, and then become a contributing, interdependent – not dependent and not independent – contributing citizen. That’s how I see Future Foundation,” said Ann Cramer. “The Future Foundation literally lifts up the community to that aspiration for all to be reaching their full potential.”

 

Attendees at the Future Foundation Keep It 100% Luncheon included former Atlanta Hawks Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Josh Smith; radio personalities Veronica Waters, Chubb Rock and SiMan Baby; corporate senior executives Eduardo Martinez, Shan Cooper, Gerard Gibbons, Tim Davies, Cyril Turner and Ann Cramer; and Atlanta City Council Members, Ceasar Mitchell and Andre Dickens. Collaborative partners in attendance included Communities in Schools co-founder Neil Shorthouse, Fulton County Schools, 100 Black Men of America, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, C5 Georgia, and others. It was a who’s who from the metro Atlanta educational philanthropic community. Ceasar Mitchell called the group in attendance, “A gang for good.”

 

This was somewhat of a coming out party for Future Foundation; an emphatic statement that “we are here and we are fighting for all children growing up in poverty in metro Atlanta.” And metro Atlanta listened. They contributed, they applauded, they are engaged and getting more involved. Attendees gave a standing ovation for Future Foundation alumni Shawanda Edwards for her personal testimony. “I started Future Foundation when I was in the 4th grade. I was a student at Park Lane Elementary School and was struggling in some of my classes. I was a very shy kid. Future Foundation helped me learn to talk to people, plan for my future and learn…And I stand before you now, a first-generation, college graduate with aspirations of one day leading a nonprofit so I can inspire the next generation.” Shawanda said as she addressed the crowd of 165.

 

Honorary event chair Curley Dossman, President of Georgia Pacific Foundation, spoke to his involvement with the Keep It 100% Luncheon. “I support Future Foundation because they have a proven track record and exceptional leadership in CEO Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim. They work with youth who grow up in risk-filled environments and yet achieve a 100% graduation rate. The Keep It 100% Luncheon celebrates that achievement and the great work of activists like Jean Childs Young and philanthropists like Ann Cramer who led Atlanta by example and paved the way for us all to continue developing youth today.”

 

The annual luncheon celebrates Future Foundation’s 100% Circle Investors. The metro Atlanta community is invited to become 100% Circle Investors with contributions of $5,000, $2,500 or $1,000 for individuals and small businesses, and $25,000, $10,000 or $5,000 for corporations and foundations. Donors giving in 2017, include AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Georgia Pacific, Sun Trust, Delta, UPS, Federal Home Loan Bank, Radio One, Cox Enterprises and many others.

 

To make a gift and become a 100% Circle Investor, go to www.future-foundation.com/keep-it-100 or call 404.766.0510.  One hundred percent of Circle Investor contributions support Future Foundation’s programs and operations.

 

About Future Foundation, Inc.

The Future Foundation of Atlanta levels the playing field for more than 800 youth and their parents annually through high-quality, place-based education, health and life skills programs that mobilize cross-sector partnerships with schools, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. With 15 years of history behind its work, Future Foundation has launched a new data driven model in partnership with Fulton County Schools to improve the graduation and college readiness rates of low-performing high schools. Planned efforts align with the implementation of the Fulton County School District’s Achievement Zone program. For more information on how to become a 100% Circle Investor, call 404.766.0510 or visit www.future-foundation.com/keep-it-100.

 

Future Foundation, Inc.

1892 Washington Road

East Point, GA 30344

www.future-foundation.com

 

For more information, contact:

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim

Qrahim@future-foundation.com

404.766-0510

 

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