Program Overview

New Futures propels under-served young people through certifications and community college degrees and into rewarding careers across the Washington, DC region.  We invest with a deliberate combination of scholarships, academic advising, career coaching, and a lot of heart to help our Scholars launch careers in high-growth fields.

Post-Secondary Education:

Scholars join the New Futures family as they begin community college or other credential programs.  We provide life-changing post-secondary scholarships as well as the targeted supports that are proven to affect persistence and completion.

New Futures Scholars benefit from:

  • Scholarships up to $7,800 to cover tuition and other education-related expenses
  • Workshops tailored to help Scholars develop communication and priority-setting skills
  • Scholars Weekend, a retreat that includes activities for team-building, goal-setting, and reflection
  • Ongoing one-on-one academic advising and career coaching from a professional staff adviser

Career Pathways:

New Futures tailors our post-secondary and career supports around the Washington, DC region’s high-growth and in-demand career fields.  In 2017, we piloted our Career Pathway model in IT/Cybersecurity; more than 30 Scholars and Alumni have benefited from field-specific workshops, opportunities for exposure, and networking with IT professionals and Corporate Partners, as well as New Futures Alumni already thriving in IT careers.

In collaboration with Corporate and Community Partners, New Futures has coalesced our support around the following Career Pathways:

  • Construction and Trades
  • Education
  • Health Sciences
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • IT/Cybersecurity
  • Public Service