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New Futures Welcomes Julie Anne Green as Executive Director

The New Futures Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Julie Anne Green has been named Executive Director.

 

Julie brings more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience including development, marketing, public relations, and community engagement — key experience necessary to lead New Futures through the next important phase of growth.

Julie will be responsible for collaborating with the Board and leading the staff to deliver on New Futures’ mission to provide an innovative program of scholarships, career education services and support to low-income DC-area young people pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities toward fulfilling careers.

“We are thrilled that Julie will be joining New Futures. Julie brings superb skills and experience which will help New Futures achieve new heights, building on the strong foundation already in place” says Barbara Kafka, Chair of the Board of Directors.

Julie comes to New Futures most recently from E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, where she served as Chief Marketing and Development Officer.  Since joining E.L. Haynes in 2005, Julie was instrumental in growing annual fund revenues by more than 3,000%, and she led the school’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, raising more than $11 million for annual, capital, and special projects between 2009 and 2012. Previously, Julie was Director of Development for George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, where she raised private funds and built community fundraising organizations for the College’s Center for the Arts, Theater of the First Amendment, and four academic arts departments. She has worked with Virginia Opera, The Washington Opera, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Julie’s broad participation in area philanthropy will serve New Futures well.

“I am incredibly excited to join New Futures and work with this community of champions in support of its important mission.” Green said. “Our region’s young people deserve access to fulfilling careers, financial stability, and a lifetime of choices. I am eager to connect them with opportunities that also meet the region’s workforce gaps, so we are transforming lives and strengthening our community. ”

Julie currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Jubilee JumpStart, a non-profit early childhood center serving DC families, and sits on the Board of Directors for Charter Board Partners, which supports strong governance in charter schools. Julie holds a B.A. in music from Mount Holyoke College.

New Futures worked with the executive search firm LeaderFit on this search.

 

Celebrating Our Newest Scholars

January 28, 2015

New Futures Scholarship Award Dinner 1-30-15 nathan mitchell photography-158On Wednesday, January 28, approximately 100 people attended New Futures’ Scholar Award Dinner to celebrate our 25 newest scholarship recipients at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant in Chevy Chase, DC. New Futures awarded $144,700 in scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education in fields such as wireless technology, nursing, fashion merchandising and early childhood education.

During the Dinner, several Scholars shared their stories and carer plans, which were highlighted by their optimism, ambition and ability to overcome challenges like homelessness, immigration barriers, teen pregnancy and more on the path to a New Futures scholarship.

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Some Scholars shared advice they had been given on their journey toward a post-secondary education. One new Scholar, Dorothy, had told her mother that she wanted to become a social worker shortly before her mother’s passing. Her mother responded, “You have to help yourself before you can help others.” Dorothy, who is now pursuing an associate’s degree in Social Work at Montgomery College with help from New Futures, has kept that advice close to her heart.

Other Scholars revealed obstacles they overcame to obtain a New Futures scholarship. In his acceptance speech, Scholar Omar said, “I went days without food, I didn’t have a stable job and I dropped out of high school.” Omar’s positive attitude and strong faith helped him leave his home in Guatemala to travel to the US by himself in search of a better life. Now, nearly 10 years later, Omar is studying to obtain an associate’s degree in Education, supported by New Futures.

Still others simply marveled at the opportunities now before them. “Thanks to New Futures, I believe I can achieve my goals,” said Scholar Andrea.

New Futures is thrilled to award all of our new Scholars with scholarships and to support them as they pursue their education and career goals.

New Futures would like to thank all of our committed donors, including Susan and Robert Bell, Ronie Nieva and her sons Jonathan and Kenneth Ettinger, and their respective families. Their generous contributions are permitting four new Scholars to pursue a post-secondary education that leads to a rewarding and well-paying career.

Without our loyal and generous donors, many of these inspiring young people would not have the opportunity to achieve their goals and attain better lives for themselves and families.

See more photos of the event here. Learn more about our Scholar Program.

New Futures Welcomes Fall 2014 Scholars

December 17, 2014

We are thrilled to welcome our newest Scholar Cohort of 25 outstanding young people!

New Futures is proud to award $144,700 to students who are pursuing shorter-term post-secondary degrees and certificates that range from Cosmetology to Wireless Networking & Technologies.

Our newest Scholars have distinguished themselves from a talented applicant pool that reflects the exemplary work our thirteen Community Partners (local nonprofits with which we collaborate) are accomplishing with the DC-area youth they serve – as well as the growing interest in shorter-term post-secondary education credentials. In fact, many of our applicants undergo a preliminary selection process within their Community Partner organization just to secure one of the coveted 12 New Futures scholarship nomination spots allocated to each Community Partner.

If they advance, candidates then submit a thorough written application to New Futures, including letters of recommendation and supplemental documents, before the designated finalists undergo an interview with New Futures’ five-person Selection Committee.

The youth who receive a New Futures scholarship have shown tenacity and resilience both in and outside our selection process. Their stories of triumph and hope inspires all of us at New Futures – staff, board, volunteers, supporters and more.

These young people encourage us to continue creating educational opportunities for rewarding careers. We are grateful for the chance to be one stop in their journeys to a better life.

Imani Kane
Program Manager, Scholars Program

New Futures 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner an Unprecedented Success

October 7, 2014

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Anthony Carnevale, left, and New Futures Executive Director Greg Cork

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Panel Moderator Melissa Block

More than 230 people attended New Futures’ 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on October 7, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The event celebrated the achievements of the low-income young people participating in New Futures’ program and our 15 years of service to the
DC Metro Area community.

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Dr. Anthony Carnevale, Research Professor and the Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, served as our Keynote Speaker and received the 2014 New Futures Community Leadership Award. Dr. Carnevale, an internationally recognized authority on post-secondary education, training and employment, eloquently portrayed the American post-secondary education and workforce landscapes, and compellingly made a case for the very services provided by New Futures.

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New Futures Junior Board Chair Emily Leveille and guest Sebastien Courret

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New Futures Scholar Alumna Samantha Christian

One of the evening’s many highlights was the panel discussion, moderated by Melissa Block, Host of NPR’s All Things Considered. Ms. Block wove the tapestry of the conversation with professionalism, humor and grace. Our panelists included Lecester Johnson, Executive Director of Academy of Hope, and three New Futures Scholars – Samantha Christian, Marie Negrin, and Franco Traverso, each of whom spoke genuinely about the challenges they have overcome and their accomplishments and aspirations.

New Futures Alumna Marie is pursuing a career in fashion largely as a result of New Futures’ assistance in her attainment of an certificate in Cosmetology. She explained to a captivated audience how she moved from Philadelphia to DC for a fresh start after she lost her job and essentially became homeless. Marie eventually found the support network she needed to move forward. After she found out she received a New Futures Scholarship, Marie made dozens of copies of her acceptance letter and hung them all over her room. “There’s nothing you can throw at me to stop me,” she said to enthusiastic applause.

Scholar Franco, originally from Peru, lives with his father. When Franco was in high school, his father suggested that they one day go into business together. Now, with funding from New Futures, that dream is in sight. Franco attends Montgomery College, and plans to graduate with an associate’s degree in Accounting. “New Futures is truly letting me discover what I want in life,” he said.

Alumna Samantha had to put her dream of becoming a nurse on hold because of financial struggles. Instead, she devoted herself to raising her daughter, whom she describes as “the joy of my life.” With New Futures support, she was able to attend and complete the licensed practical nursing (LPN) program at the University of the District of Columbia. Samantha shared with the audience that now, when her daughter says “I can’t,” Samantha replies, “Don’t say you can’t. You always need to try.”

Lecester Johnson spoke eloquently about the gaps that New Futures fills with our services. Citing the New Futures Career Navigator website which connects career-seeking youth to the tools they need to find local, in-demand jobs and training, Ms. Johnson explained that “New Futures is critical to helping the people we serve. They are a door-opener.”

Other highlights of our Celebration Dinner included a tribute by New Futures Board Chair Greg Banks to New Futures Founder Mike Gould, whose vision and determination built New Futures from the ground up; and a ceremony honoring the late Steve Ettinger, New Futures’ Founding Treasurer, in which Mike awarded the Stephen Joel Ettinger Scholarship to Steve’s wife, Ronie, and Steve’s children.

We’d like to thank all of our generous donors, corporate and individual sponsors, distinguished guests, Community Partners, and New Futures Scholars and Alumni for attending our 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and supporting our mission. We simply could not fulfill our goals and the dreams of the young people we serve without you.

Press Release: NEW FUTURES APPOINTS KRIS COLLO TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MicroPact Founder & CEO Joins Group Dedicated to Serving Young Adults in Washington, D.C.

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Kris Collo SquareWashington, DC – New Futures, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships, career education services and mentoring to low-income young people pursuing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in the Washington, D.C., region, has named Kris Collo, Founder, CEO & President of MicroPact Inc., to the organization’s Board of Directors.

New Futures awards scholarships to students 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 the students will complete their education programs and secure a professionally-satisfying and well-paying job.

New Futures also educates DC-area youth about local, in-demand jobs and how to obtain them.

“We are thrilled to have Kris join our Board of Directors,” said New Futures Board Chair Greg Banks. “Kris has a formidable business acumen and a deep commitment to social justice. We are extremely lucky to have someone as talented and passionate as Kris to join us in our mission.”

New Futures has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of underserved-yet-motivated low-income young people – and they are succeeding. Scholars complete their education programs at a rate of 68% – a remarkably high success rate when compared with graduation rates for students from similar economic and social backgrounds.

“I am honored to join the Board of Directors for New Futures, and I look forward to supporting the vital mission that the organization pursues with such dedication and commitment,” said Kris Collo, Founder, President & CEO of MicroPact. “New Futures is truly providing opportunities for bright and often very entrepreneurial young men and women in our communities that might not otherwise have access to the resources they need to pursue their dreams.”

About New Futures
New Futures creates educational opportunities for rewarding careers. It provides a practical yet innovative program of scholarships, career education services and mentoring support for D.C. Metro Area young people pursuing shorter-term post-secondary educational opportunities toward fulfilling careers. Visit www.newfuturesdc.org for more information.

About MicroPact:
MicroPact’s entellitrak takes a Data-First™ approach to Case Management and Business Process Management and is available with fully integrated Document Management, Natural Language Analytics, and Mobile Modules. Whether based on-premises or in the cloud, entellitrak can be implemented immediately and configured continuously, enabling customers to get to work quickly while keeping costs low. More than 200 federal agencies and organizations, as well as Fortune 500 companies entrust their critical operations to entellitrak. For more information, visit www.micropact.com.

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NPR’s Melissa Block to Host Celebration Dinner

September 5, 2014

melissablock_9We are delighted to announce that Melissa Block, Host of NPR’s All Things Considered, will serve as Host and Panel Moderator at New Futures’ 15th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, to be held on October 7 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The panel discussion always is the most compelling and memorable part of our annual event, and provides an opportunity for several of our Scholars and Alumni to share their remarkable personal stories. Ms. Block’s deft touch as an interviewer and ability to connect with people are sure to create a wonderful experience for our panel participants and our guests.

Melissa Block joined NPR in 1985 and has been hosting All Things Considered since 2003, after nearly a decade as an NPR correspondent.

Read more about Melissa Block and this e-blast

New Futures’ First Scholars Weekend a Huge Success

August 15, 2014

Alphonso - Scholars WeekendWe held our first-ever New Futures Scholars Weekend from August 1-3 on the premises of Community Partner For Love of Children’s Outdoor Education Center in West Virginia. The Weekend, which was attended by 50 Scholars from our fall 2013 and spring 2014 Scholar cohorts and facilitated by our staff, aimed to raise Scholars’ confidence, help them develop a strong sense of community and deepen their connection to New Futures.

We asked our Scholars to share what they liked best about the Weekend. Here’s what a few had to say:

“Meeting Scholars with similar visions of succeeding. It really helped me to continue on achieving my goals. ”

“Getting to know the Scholars in my cohort more, along with the spring cohort. We became like a family where we can feed off of each other’s positive energy.”

“Everything.”

Scholars overcame fears on a high ropes course, shared stories over a campfire, and found tranquility in the woods. Many had never before had an outdoor experience like this one. Even making s’mores was a novel activity for several Scholars.

New Futures Scholars openly shared their feelings of accomplishment, confidence and triumph throughout the weekend. We are so proud of our Scholars, and we continue to support them as they explore the path toward post-secondary education and a rewarding career.

Read more about the New Futures Scholars Weekend

Letter to the Editor: Forbes.com

Dear Editor:

Kathryn Dill’s article discussing the analysis that features the best-paying jobs for high school graduates and the type of training necessary to obtain these positions brings a larger workforce issue to light (“The Best-Paying Jobs For Workers with High School Degrees,” August 14).

Ms. Dill quotes Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder, who says that “most high-paying jobs available to high school grads involve skill sets that require extensive post-secondary training or several-years’ worth of prior experience.”

New Futures, the Washington, DC-based nonprofit for which I work, supports students who fit these criteria. We serve low-income DC Metro Area students pursuing shorter-term, career-focused post-secondary educations in fields such as information technology, engineering, education and others that do not require a traditional four-year college degree.

But Ms. Haefner’s assertion that such jobs “are often found in fields that have seen declining employment in recent years” may be off the mark. In our Nation’s Capital, at least, the jobs Ms. Haefner refers to are in high demand. In fact, 71% of jobs in the DC Metro Area will require some post-secondary education by 2018, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. Despite this, DC-area employers struggle to fill these “middle-skill” jobs.

New Futures recognizes the folly of the “one size fits all” four-year college approach to post-secondary education and career readiness. A focus on preparing our nation’s youth for the jobs listed in Ms. Dill’s article and similar careers will greatly improve our local and national economies.

Gregory M. Cork
Executive Director
New Futures

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