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.
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
- 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
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.”
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.
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