New Futures has a unique role in breaking cycles of inequity and injustice and in changing trajectories for young people in the Washington, DC region.
How do we do it? We believe firmly that community college can be the best first step toward dream careers and financial security.
We pave the way for our future leaders to earn the shorter-term credentials that lead to strong degrees and great jobs more quickly, more affordably, and more flexibly, disrupting the so-called "traditional," one-size-fits-all approach. By leveraging community college as a launching point to further education and career, and by opening access to in-demand fields like IT, Construction, and Health Sciences, we partner with our Scholars as they forge their paths to financial security, as they strengthen our communities, and as they take part in a changing workforce.
And thanks in part to the support of our donors, the New Futures model is working, now more than ever. 89% of New Futures Scholars selected since 2015 have graduated from their degree programs or are still persisting in school. 97% of Alumni report that they are employed full-time and/or enrolled in their next degree program.
These are encouraging numbers, but there is still work to do. And behind each number, there are stories and dreams, like Litzy's, below.
Please stand with Scholars like Litzy and make your gift to New Futures today.
“As a young, independent, immigrant woman living in America, my journey has not been easy. I have had difficult battles in my life. I have had no other option than to stand up for myself, and yet here I am, standing strong. If it wasn’t for the people surrounding me, who helped me when I needed it the most, I don’t know where I would be. And if it wasn’t for my desire to live, to grow, to succeed, and to change the outcome of my life, I wouldn’t have made it so far on my own.
I am currently pursuing a major in nursing, and I know that it will allow me to connect with my community and make a positive impact in people’s lives. A nurse to me is not just a job title. A nurse is a powerful person who shows up to bring happiness and care, to give people the strength to keep going, to encourage them never to give up. And when I become a nurse, I want to look back on my past and be proud I made it all this way.”