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Future Foundation CEO, Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, has developed a “Theory of Change” to address how poverty can be disrupted and alleviated anywhere by giving children access to family, education, health, relationship and life skill support, creating what she calls a “second family environment”. View the full article by the Atlanta Tribune at http://bit.ly/2pAhLKS as Abdur-Rahim discusses her thoughts on purpose, change and leadership! #ThePowerIssue





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



For more information, contact:

Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim

[email protected]




Reef House Afterschool Program students arrive each day during the school year with homework in hand, asking for help. YOU can assist an individual child in many subjects by directing fun learning activities and initiating educationally based games or activities.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Share your passion and excitement for learning by helping a child with homework in core subjects, working one-on-one or in small groups.
  • Minimum 19 years old and experience working with youth;
    • No court ordered volunteers.
    • Must be to pass a State background check.
  • Middle school-level math and beginning Algebra abilities;
    • Must be able to pass a Math and ELA tutor assessment.
  • Strong spelling and grammar skills.
  • Availability during the hours of: 3:30pm-7:30pm, Monday-Friday.

Come help us support student engagement and achievement towards high school graduation! To sign up, click this link.


Marc Becker

Where do you live?

I live in Kennesaw, Georgia.

What is your current job? What does it involve?

Merchandising Vice President – D30 Millwork, The Home Depot. I’m responsible for the strategy and sales for Home Depot’s millwork department. 

How did you learn about Future Foundation?

Through the Partnership with Home Depot’s Foundation.

 Are you involved in any other volunteer activities?

Local church and sports activities.

 What do you hope to gain from volunteering?

Community connectivity with an organization that is helping young people maximize their potential. I enjoy seeing and supporting youth development.

 What is your vision for the future of Future Foundation?

I’m still developing my vision for Future Foundation. For now, I’m happy to jump in and assist in the current vision.

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Nakeya Shelton

Where do you live?

I recently relocated to Atlanta (my hometown) from the San Francisco Bay area. 

What is your current job? What does it involve?

I’m Vice President for Business Development at UPS. In this role, I lead global Sales Training and Enterprise Sales for the sales function. I am responsible for the learning and talent management strategies needed to achieve organizational objectives. I am also responsible for driving revenue growth by developing sales initiatives that target the acquisition, growth and retention of the UPS customer base.  

How did you learn about Future Foundation?

I initially learned about the foundation through a UPS colleague. I was immediately intrigued once I read more about the Foundation’s mission and Theory of Change.

Are you involved in any other volunteer activities?

I am a mentor for Compact Mentors of Florida (where I lived prior to California). I was also an active member of the Young Professionals Network at the Urban League of Broward County.

What do you hope to gain from volunteering?

Primarily, I hope to give; give a relevant and impactful perspective that will broaden the reach of the Foundation and improve the lives of underserved children.

What is your vision for the future of Future Foundation?

Being a new member, I am certain my vision for the Foundation will evolve. However, initially my focus will be on evaluating how we can scale existing programs that are demonstrating success. From there, the focus will be on creating value for children and their networks of support that help to minimize the negative impacts of poverty.

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Jeetendra Kumar

Where do you live?

I live in Duluth, Georgia. 

What is your current job? What does it involve?

I am currently IT Director at Coca-Cola European Partners. I am responsible for application management in Supply Chain and Enterprise Integration. This involves creating and executing future roadmaps of applications to support planning, procurement, optimization, manufacturing and maintenance of supply chain business operations. I enjoy the successes we are creating for business and our people. 

How did you learn about Future Foundation?

I learned about Future Foundation from the CEO, Qaadirah, who happened to be my classmate at a Leadership Atlanta Class. I was very impressed with the amazing work this Foundation is doing for youth development in Atlanta. 

What are you looking forward to doing as a Future Foundation board member.

I am looking forward to helping shape the organization’s strategy and execution, lending a hand in volunteer work and raising funds for the foundation. 

Are you involved in any other volunteer activities?

I have been involved in volunteering activities such as Computer for Youth programs, supporting education and coaching /mentoring/career counseling.

What do you hope to gain from volunteering?

I am a firm believer in giving back to the community and that the more I give, less I need. I believe this will also help me gain an additional understanding of communities at large and which programs help them most.

What is your vision for the future of Future Foundation?

I see Future Foundation as an organization developing and creating an ecosystem to bring together resources and participants to drive youth development programs globally.


Over the past fifteen years, we have proven that our methods work. We have implemented our three core programs within 15 Atlanta Public and Fulton County schools and our afterschool program has produced a 100% graduation rate among our teen participants since 2007. Creating access to quality education has always been at the heart of metro Atlanta’s civil rights movement. And it continues to be the single most important civil and human rights issue today. Two women – Ann Cramer and Jean Childs Young – have done so much more for Atlanta’s youth through education. We celebrate Curley Dossman, recipient of the Jean Childs Young Leadership in Education Award; celebrate Georgia Power, recipient of the Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award; and Atlanta’s long legacy of philanthropic investments in education for underserved youth. Future Foundation is honored to be able to celebrate their contributions and legacies through these awards. Metro Atlanta – and especially our children – need to know their stories. The Keep It 100% Luncheon celebrates Atlanta’s past, and honors our current investments in education for underserved youth, so we move into the future as informed and strategic agents of change. Let’s all KEEP IT 100%!