In 1998, parent leaders created Educación Para Nuestro Futuro, founded by Escuela Bolivia to meet the educational needs of Arlington’s growing (yet underserved) Latino student population. Today, Edu-Futuro is a multicultural community supporting a diverse group of children, youth, and families – and inspiring young leaders across Northern Virginia. Through its Emerging Leaders Program, low-income immigrant youth take a six-week course focused on leadership development, college prep, and community involvement, and seniors receive year-round, one-on-one advising and support as they prepare for higher education. Most aspire to become the first member of their family to attend college in the US – and they do. A full 100% of last year’s seniors enrolled in college, scholarships in hand. Parents have their own leadership program: a two-month training that strengthens their understanding of the US school system and gives them the skills and confidence to advocate for their children’s academic success. And finally, Edu-Futuro builds bridges across cultures in the broader community, offering after-school and Saturday morning Spanish language classes. Education is the pathway to a successful future. Help pave the way.
Headquarters: VA-Arlington County
Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Pre-K; Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult; Grades K-5; Grades K-12; Grades 6-12; Grade 9-12
Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 5%; Asian American, 5%; Caucasian, 8%; Latino/Hispanic, 80%; Multicultural, 2%
Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; ; Low- to Moderate-Income
Awards & Recognition
• Our partnership with Arlington Public Schools, providing us with program space in 10 schools and a central office.
• The Linowes Leadership Award presented to Elizabeth Clavel, who started as a parent in our classes and currently leads our Parent Leadership Initiative.
• Parent Leadership Initiative graduates, including the chair of the ESOL Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and scholarships awarded from outside sources to graduates of ELP.
• The MetLife Foundation Teacher-Parent Engagement Through Partnership Award- 2002
• Spirit of Giving 100- 2008
• American University Washington College Of Law's Annual Diversity Award- 2009
• National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative Award – 2010
• Young Women of Achievement, Finalist (Executive Director, Eneida Alcalde) – 2011
• Connect with Kids Champion, (Board member, Vivian Delgado) – 2011
- Grant Funds Support Expansion of Student Leadership-Training Effort
Mon Oct 24 2011, Sun Gazette
Representatives from Comcast presented a contribution of $20,000 to Edu-Futuro in support of the expansion of its youth leadership program.
- Festival Latinoamericano Celebrates the Diversity of Arlington's Hispanic Community
Mon Oct 3 2011, Ballston-VirginiaSquarePatch
Edu-Futuro participated in this festival that brought Latin dance, song, and food to Arlington, despite rainy weather.
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- The current budget for Educación Para Nuestro Futuro is: Less than $500k
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