Pursuing your dream college is challenging for anyone. Now, imagine being the first in your family to do so, and grappling with financial and language barriers at the same time. Working with under-resourced Latino and immigrant families throughout Northern Virginia, Edu-Futuro offers free, Spanish-English bilingual programs to inspire a new generation of leaders. Each year, some 440 students work toward graduation through the multi-stage, after-school Emerging Leaders Program: middle schoolers build STEM skills through hands-on robotics; high schoolers engage in leadership development, mentorships, and more; and rising seniors receive year-long support as they navigate college applications and enrollment. Parents are empowered, too, through a suite of programs – from workforce development to parenting classes – that help them secure employment, adapt to life in the US, and fully advocate for themselves and their children. Education is the pathway to success. Help pave the way.
Edu-Futuro adapted quickly to the limitations of the pandemic and successfully transitioned all youth and parent programs to online delivery in April. Here is testimony provided by one of the 47 graduates from its Emerging Leaders Program: "Edu-Futuro has helped me to grow as a leader, but more importantly, has shown me that there is someone I can always count on for support. This is very special because I am the first generation in my family that will be attending college, and I did not have a person who could tell me how I should proceed or what I needed to do. Edu-Futuro has given me the support I needed, and the mentors have done an incredible job! I am inspired to do the same for other students in the future."