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.
My heart has been heavy this week as I learned about the consecutive killings of two South Fulton students due to senseless violence. One of those students, Benson West, was a freshmen at Banneker High School and participating in our RealTalk ATL Program. I never met Benson, but I learned from our team this morning he was quiet in class, it was clear he was struggling with something, and recently asked about our College4Careers Program. Hearing about Benson's inquiry eerily illustrated for me the gap between the dreams and the realities facing our youth living in impossible situations due to violence and poverty. Above are pictures I received this week of students at Banneker High School … [Read more...] about Dreams vs. Reality
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”
How long have you been married? Chuck and Denise: We will be married twenty-three years in November. Where did you meet? Chuck and Denise: We met at a bar in Wilmington Delaware. What were your first impressions of each other? Chuck: It was love at first sight. What impressed me was her smile. I could sense she had a ton of energy. What made you want to get married? Chuck: I was completely settled and dedicated to the relationship. I had a level of respect for myself that I never had before. Also, I was in the right frame of mind. I had a very good idea of what a healthy marriage should look like. How did you propose? Chuck: There was a sequence of … [Read more...] about Black Marriage Day Couple Highlight – Chuck & Denise
How long have you been married? Dan and Tracey: We will be married seventeen years and 10 months in April. Where did you meet? Dan: We met at DHS Elementary School. Tracey: He was the cute snack man. lol What were your first impressions of each other? Dan: My first impression of her was man she is she but dang her ankles are ashy. Tracey: Oh, Whatever My first impression of him was he’s cute but he has a big nose. What made you want to get married? Dan: What made me want to marry is when I saw her hooping (Playing basketball) with her hair and nails done. I thought to myself “Oh Yea She The One!” Tracey: For me, I did a list of the top 10 things I want in a … [Read more...] about Black Marriage Day Couple Highlight – Dan & Tracey
How long have you been married? Richard & Emily: 12 years, 11 months How did you meet? Richard &Emily: We met at Emily’s work office. What were your first impressions of each other? Richard: I was surprised that she was an African-American which is a rarity among brokers. I thought she was very organized, professional and pretty. Emily: I thought he was well-dressed and professional. He was easy-going, intelligent and handsome. What made you want to get married? Richard and Emily: We knew we were in love and it was time to take the next step. How did you propose? Richard: Over dinner. How does your faith play into your marriage? Richard and … [Read more...] about Black Marriage Day Couple Highlight – Richard & Emily