New Futures is proud of our Alumni. Once our Scholars graduate from their selected programs, they are welcomed to the New Futures Alumni Program. Our Alumni Program is made up of a diverse group of professionals working in a range of fields. Throughout the year, our Alumni gather for social events, professional development opportunities and career-oriented meet-up groups.
Meet some of our Alumni
IT Support Technician at The Latin American Youth Center
Jairo came to the United States at age 20 from El Salvador hoping for two things: to have a better life than he did in his home country and to pursue the career of his dreams. After obtaining his GED from the Next Step Public Charter School Jairo obtained an internship as a Desktop Support Technician with the Latin American Youth Center, which led him to discover his passion in the IT field. Jairo was awarded his New Futures scholarship in Spring 2009 to obtain his A+ and Network+ Certifications which landed him a full-time job as a Computer Technician with the Latin American Youth Center. Today, Jairo continues to use his certification at LAYC and works as the IT Support Technician where he works alongside his colleagues to oversee the success of all technology in the building. He hopes to continue to work at LAYC, save money and return to school to receive further certifications to continue along his career path.
Intern at Marriott Hotel
Devonte’s passion for the culinary world started in high school, when he was involved in after school programs and community service. He participated in a program called Build which provided Devonte with an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship. During his time in the program Devonte co-founded a homemade cookie business, which illuminated his passion for food service and the culinary world. Devonte applied to New Futures in Spring 2015 to pursue his associate degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University, where he built skills in culinary techniques and found a network of culinary professionals. He was proud to graduate this past May 2017 and is now utilizing his degree to expose himself to the Business world while working at the Marriott through an internship with Urban Alliance. On top of the internship, Devonte also supports himself financially through his catering job and will pursue his bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management with Johnson and Wales in the future.
Ana Villanueva ’14
Certified Nursing Assistant at Golden Sunset Services
Ana from a young age developed a passion for becoming a Nurse from shadowing her aunt who was a nurse practitioner in El Salvador. At the age of 12 Ana came to the U.S. to pursue a better future with her family. While Ana struggled to learn the language, she excelled in school, by the time she started high school she was accepted into the Bio-science academy that provided talented science students internships into different science related fields. Once she graduated from high school Ana applied for the NF scholarship in Spring 2014 to pursue an associate degree in Nursing at Montgomery College; while studying during her first semester Ana started a family and took a break from school. Now being a mom Ana decided she wanted and need a shorter term certification that could get her into the field of nursing within a year. As a result Ana began pursuing her CNA (Certification as a Nursing Assistant) in Fall of 2016 which she completed within 3 months. Ana quickly after had different job opportunities and accepted a position as a CNA at Golden Sunset Services’ Assisted Living facility. Ana hopes to return to Montgomery College and continue her education to obtain her associate degree in nursing in the future.