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NEW FUTURES HONORS INSPIRATIONAL LOW-INCOME DC-AREA YOUTH
Scholarships Assist Students to Obtain Shorter-Term Post-Secondary Education and Good Careers
WASHINGTON, DC, June 23, 2014 – New Futures will award $195,300 in scholarships for post-secondary education to 29 local low-income young adults at its Scholar Award Dinner on June 25, 2014. The event will take place at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The scholarship recipients, or “Scholars,” hail from locations across the DC Metro Area. Nearly all live below the Federal poverty level, and have overcome tremendous odds to obtain a high school or GED diploma.
New Futures funds up to $12,800 to Scholars who apply for shorter-term post-secondary educations, such as associate’s degrees or vocational certificates. These degrees require less time and money to obtain, increasing the likelihood that each Scholar will complete his or her education program and secure a well-paying and fulfilling job. Scholars who complete their education programs may apply for further funding. Of the 29 new scholarship awardees, 66% are seeking associate’s degrees; 24% are certificate students; and 10% are receiving second scholarships to further their educations. Since its founding, New Futures has awarded $3 million in scholarships to nearly 350 Scholars on their way to rewarding careers.
New Futures chooses its Scholars through a highly selective process. Students affiliated with one of New Futures’ DC-area community partners may be nominated for a scholarship. Each student must complete a thorough application, and provide additional materials including a personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, financial information, and education and career plans. Finalists are invited to an in-person interview, conducted by New Futures’ Selection Committee.
“New Futures Scholars have achieved incredible things despite enormous challenges, ranging from dysfunctional families to drug addiction, from immigration barriers to teen pregnancy, to get on the path toward higher education and a rewarding career,” said Greg Cork, New Futures’ Executive Director.
“We are so honored to provide these motivated, dedicated and talented youth with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.”
About New Futures: New Futures creates educational opportunities for rewarding careers. It provides a practical yet innovative program of scholarships, career services and mentoring support for DC Metro Area young people pursuing shorter-term post-secondary educational opportunities toward fulfilling careers. Visit www.newfuturesdc.org or call 202-384-5854 for more information.
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).