By 2018, 71% of DC jobs will require some post-secondary education, but for youth living in poverty, that degree can often be out of reach. At New Futures, low-income DC students learn how to build meaningful careers without spending their limited time and money on a four-year degree. Partnering with 14 nonprofits that help identify motivated high schoolers, New Futures empowers youth to pursue well-paying, professionally-satisfying jobs by attaining community college degrees or vocational certificates. Scholarships cover up to 100% of costs; weekend workshops build critical skills in teamwork, time-management, and communications; and mentors help students tackle challenges and stay on track. Each year, Career Education Workshops introduce students to in-demand careers in fields like healthcare, information technology, and engineering. And all can access the Career Navigator website, which assesses interests and skills, and then helps youth develop educational plans. By identifying satisfying careers within reach – and equipping students with the tools and education they need to achieve them – New Futures truly lives up to its name.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
- New Future Scholar completion rate (compared to a 29% national graduation rate for students attending two-year institutions, according to the National Center for Education Statistics):
- New Futures five-year persistence rate; this includes Scholars who have completed their programs as well as those still in their post-secondary programs. :
- Total dollars awarded in scholarships to nearly 500 low-income youth in the DC region :
- Scholars and Alumni served through our Scholars program to date:
- Number of DC region youth reached through New Futures' post-secondary education and career fairs and workshops in 2015:
Awards & Recognition
• Earned the Hugh A. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Equal Justice Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
• Received recognition in 2008, 2013 and 2016 by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as “One of the Best Small Charities in the DC Area”
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- $1 million to $3 million
- The current budget for New Futures is: $500k to $1 million
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