Founded by NBA pro Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Future Foundation will celebrate Atlanta’s past, present and future investments in education for underserved youth at the Keep It 100% Luncheon on April 20, 2016. Event chair Cyril Turner, president of Delta Global Services and Delta Private Jets, will present the inaugural Jean Childs Young Individual Leadership in Education Award will be presented to Curley Dossman, president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, and the Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award will be presented to Georgia Power. The most important civil rights issue facing the United States today is education in underserved communities. Here in Atlanta, activists and … [Read more...] about Future Foundation Celebrates Atlanta Investments in Education for Underserved Youth
This holiday season we reflect on what drives us forward throughout the year, and we extend gratitude for all who invest in us. Fifty-percent. That's how many of the students in East Point and College Park graduate from high school. At Future Foundation, we've doubled that average. In our first decade, we ensured that 100% of our students graduated, despite poorly performing high schools, and went on to post-secondary institutions. That's one way we're bridging gaps between dreams and reality - and combatting daunting statistics through our core programs. To view in entirety, click here. Just as we've improved graduation rates, we're serious about addressing poverty - and … [Read more...] about It’s about connectedness this holiday season – and every day.
If you want to make a large impact in society, start in your own community. That’s one of the lessons rising 6th and 7th graders get during our Community Circles exercises, which begin each day of summer program. The 30-minute Community Circles focus on topics that aren’t typically addressed in school. “Students at this age are curious about a lot of different things,” said lead teacher Johnathan Reaves. “And, since our facilitators are not that much older than the students themselves, the students often find they can relate to them better.” A recent Community Circles discussion compared the church shooting in Charleston to the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. … [Read more...] about Community Circles build teams, fight bullying
An elevator pitch or speech is very short, persuasive and designed to create interest in a project, idea, product—or even yourself. According to MindTools, a good elevator speech should be interesting, memorable, and succinct. It needs to explain what makes you unique. And it should be no longer than a short elevator ride—20 to 30 seconds. Believing that self-empowerment starts with self-confidence, we have been using elevator speeches as part of our summer program curriculum. It all starts by working with the students to help them define themselves. That includes using gratitude journals that students use to write about what they’re grateful for and self-esteem journals that contain … [Read more...] about Selling yourself in 30 seconds or less
At Future Foundation, our board is vital to setting our direction and helping us attain our goals. We’re very pleased to welcome six new board members. Maurice Anderson owns The Anderson Business Group, which provides business strategy and executive leadership development and coaching. Gerone Conyers, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Engineering – NXPOINT Solutions. Gerone chairs our IT/Facilities committee. “I didn't grow up having much,” said Conyers. “But I did have guidance and mentoring along the way, which is why an organization like Future Foundation is important to me. I believe it provides a mechanism to help children and families in economically challenged … [Read more...] about Future Foundation welcomes new board members
Since 2012, UPS has awarded Future Foundation more than $50,000 to support after-school programming. In early 2015, we requested additional funding to support the Reef House Afterschool Program (RHAP) Digital Learning Lab Project. Digital media is altering the landscape of learning in both higher education and K-12 schools. Access to technology out-of-school is crucial to students’ success in the classroom and ultimately in their careers. An investment in a digital learning lab enables us to provide an inclusive and blended digital learning experience tailored to each student in an effort to increase digital literacy and math skills, time spent on digital learning activities and student … [Read more...] about “We [Heart] UPS”