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 (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees

Schools They Work In: We have partnership agreements with Arlington and Fairfax County public schools.

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.

Other Awards:
• 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


Budget (FY2014)

  • $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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