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.
COVID-19 Update: 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."
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 Citizens 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.
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