News & Notes
New Futures Celebrates Our Newest Scholars
On Wednesday, January 10, more than 100 people attended New Futures’ Scholar Award Dinner to honor our 30 newest scholarship recipients at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant in Friendship Heights, Maryland. Our new Scholars, their family members and friends; New Futures Community Partners, Board members, and staff; and donors and other supporters were on hand to celebrate our Scholars’ remarkable achievements and to wish them well as they embark on their exciting post-secondary education and career paths. Scholars will be preparing for careers in such varied fields as psychology, medicine, education, automotive repair and art.
New Futures Plays Key Part at Major Workforce Event
On Friday, January 10, New Futures’ Director of Student Programs Julene Jarnot served as a panelist at The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) fourth annual “Post-secondary and Career Education Conference” at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
In the panel discussion, “Career Programs for District Students,” Julene provided a live demonstration of the New Futures Career Navigator, an online, interactive tool which helps students learn about in-demand, middle-skill careers and matches them to post-secondary schools in the DC metro area.
New Futures is proud to be recognized as an innovator in connecting students to post-secondary education and careers.
Navigating to the Future
New Futures is pleased and proud to announce the launch of our Career Navigator website. The New Futures Career Navigator is a state-of-the-art, interactive online tool designed to help youth and young adults learn about in-demand middle-skill careers in the DC Metro Area, and the local schools that provide the necessary training for these careers. Check out the Career Navigator at www.newfuturescareernavigator.org.
The Career Navigator is a “game-changer” for New Futures, and exponentially expands the reach of our services to students across the DC region. Words used to describe the Career Navigator have been “wonderful,” “incredibly useful,” “fabulous,” and – as one of our Scholars marveled – “amazing!”
According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, “middle-skill” jobs currently make up the largest segment of jobs in the US economy (nearly half of all jobs), and DC-area employers frequently say that they cannot find enough workers to fill their available middle-skill positions. Middle-skill jobs require more education than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. The Career Navigator has been developed specifically to match disadvantaged yet motivated young people with our region’s critical need for skilled workers.
The Career Navigator was funded in part by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and New Futures worked closely with Global Skills X-Change and The Sutter Group to design and bring to life this innovative and much-needed career education tool. New Futures’ Scholars and our Community Partners also are to be credited for providing crucial feedback during the creation of the site.
New Futures announces Fall 2013 New Futures Scholarship Recipients
New Futures has named 30 students to receive the New Futures Scholarship Award. These New Futures Scholars will receive up to $12,800 in order to attend local colleges and career and technical schools. This is New Futures’ largest cohort ever!
We are so proud of our new Scholars who will be studying civil engineering, computer science, physical therapy assistant, automotive technology, business administration, hospitality management, respiratory therapy, infant/toddler education, legal assistant/paralegal studies, communications, cosmetology, nursing, barber styling, electrical and computer engineering, secondary education/French, and accounting.
Three Scholars are pursuing a postsecondary certificate, 24 an associate’s degree, and three have a received a second scholarship from New Futures upon completion of their associate’s degree to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
New Futures looks forward to their journey ahead. We will be with them to help them transition and complete their post-secondary education. Congrats to our new Scholars!
Thanks to All for Making New Futures’ 2013 Benefit a Success!
On September 30, 2013, approximately 200 guests, honorees, and other participants joined New Futures at the beautiful NPR facility in downtown DC for our Annual Benefit. By every measure, the event was a tremendous success – warm, engaging, informative, and fun! And we have our phenomenal friends, partners, and supporters to thank for this marvelous evening.
View photos of the Benefit here and here; and a video of the Benefit here (the password to view the video is “newfutures”). New Futures is grateful to Andrew S. “Drew” Geraci, of District 7 Media, LLC, for his great work on our Benefit video!
We would like to offer our special thanks to NOVA President Dr. Robert Templin, our Keynote Speaker and the honored recipient of the New Futures 2013 Community Leadership Award; Robert Siegel, host of NPR’s All Things Considered and our fantastic Panel Discussion Moderator; CityBridge Foundation President Katherine Bradley for her wonderful video introduction of Dr. Templin (see Katherine’s introduction here); Dr. Robert Ponichtera, Executive Director of New Futures Community Partner Liberty’s Promise and a participant in our Panel Discussion; our three New Futures Scholar Panel Discussion participants, Abdul Osman, Celia Portillo, and Alicia Price; New Futures Board member Emily van Agtmael and her husband, Antoine, who made it possible for us to hold our Benefit at NPR Headquarters, and whose financial and general support of New Futures have positioned us to “go to the next level” in service to our Scholars; and the outstanding professionals at NPR.
Also, a hearty congratulations to our very own New Futures Junior Board member Kim Vinick, who won the evening’s raffle and therefore the opportunity to name a New Futures scholarship. The very gracious Kim has chosen to name this scholarship in honor of Romana Li, whose value as a New Futures Board member is immeasurable, and whose vision and incredibly hard work made our best Benefit to date a reality.
Once again, our deepest thanks to everyone who attended, made donations toward, or otherwise contributed to our 2013 Benefit!
Chelsea Clinton Writes about a New Futures Scholar
Chelsea Clinton published an article in the June 19th edition of the Huffington Post reporting on the remarkable success of New Futures scholar Elmer Diaz. Elmer received two scholarships from New Futures: the first to complete his Associate’s Degree at Montgomery Community College and the second to complete his BA at the University of Maryland. He plans to start work on his MA in social work this fall and continue to assist low-income youth in overcoming challenges. Click here to read the article.
New Futures Welcomes Greg Cork
Greg Cork is appointed New Futures Executive Director. Greg brings to the Executive Director’s role 10 years of education-related nonprofit management experience, a deep commitment to the New Futures mission, and a passion for positive and sustainable societal change through educational advancement. Previously, Greg served as President and CEO of the Washington Scholarship Fund, where he implemented the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program – the first-ever federally-funded K-12 school choice initiative in the nation’s history. More recently, Greg directed all phases of a start-up DC public charter school, the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School, and served as its Executive Director. Greg began his nonprofit career with College Summit – whose mission is to increase college access for low-income students nationwide – as the organization’s Director of Corporate Relations and General Counsel. Prior to getting involved in education reform, Greg practiced as a corporate litigation attorney for 10 years, first in Los Angeles and then in Washington, DC. Greg is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A. in English Literature) and of the University of Virginia School of Law (Juris Doctor).
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Inspires New Futures Scholars at Awards Dinner
The Justice attended the New Futures Scholarship Dinner on January 9 and shared her life story and lessons with the 18 new scholars receiving scholarships in our Fall Selection. Each student spoke of the challenges they have faced and their future plans and stood with the Justice for a photograph. Each student will have an individual photograph, a copy of the Justice’s new book, My Beloved World, and a memory to last a life time!