Giving a Boost at Banneker
Like all high schools, Benjamin Banneker High in College Park is always looking for ways to help its students achieve academic success with limited resources. That’s why Future Foundation is bringing a variety of workshops and assemblies focused on academic success to the school.
Our relationship with Banneker is an example of a new education model called partnerships for learning. “In this model, educators are bringing together key players who provide a range of services to support learning, including families, school administrators, community-based organizations, health care providers, governmental agencies, and other institutions,” says Shaunae Motley, Future Foundation’s chief operating officer. “These diverse partners work together to support children’s development and reduce barriers to their overall success. This is where Future Foundation can really contribute.”
As a result, Banneker is the host of our College 4 Careers program, where we expose the entire 11th grade class of some 300 students in an assembly style setting to college and career discussions. That’s in addition to our after-school college career workshops, which works with some 45 students who are interested in one-on-one support with college essays and resume development etc. “Our college and career assemblies include speakers, college students and professionals who tell the students about the importance of graduating and about career and college options,” explains Brandon Woodard, program manager.
We also provide our RealTalk ATL program-which is focused on making healthy choices-to more than 100 of Banneker’s 10th graders. RealTalk sparks conversations with youth regarding sex, love, dating and relationships. Our innovative approach engages with interactive lessons, stories, facts, videos and games. The Banneker partnership is an excellent example of how Future Foundation supports the in-school, after-school and at-home environments of the youth we serve. Please contact us at [email protected] if you’re interested in leading a career or college discussion.