FUTURE 5 INC

Stamford, CT   |  www.futurefive.org

Mission

Future 5 helps motivated, under-resourced students in Stamford connect to their full potential leading to independence and productive citizenship. We connect students to the people, resources, and experiences essential to making the transition to post-secondary education and careers.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Ms. Amanda Dubois-Mwake

Main address

135 Atlantic Street 135 Atlantic Street

Stamford, CT 06901 USA

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EIN

46-2986201

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Here to There

Here to There is a six-week workshop that helps students first connect to themselves.

Throughout the workshop, students examine where they are today (the "Here") and where they want to be in the future (the "There"). During the workshop, students address the importance of motivation, commitment, and self-control. Specifically, students will define what success means to them, articulate their goals, identify obstacles and understand the importance of recognizing them, and develop strategies to overcome these obstacles. Students accomplish this through partnerships with our volunteer coaches, who participate with students in large group themed-based discussions and facilitate smaller breakout group discussions.

The workshop concludes with the students working one-on-one with trained coaches to create their personalized Game Plan for success. The Game Plan requires students to map out their:
a. long-term goals and vision of success. This includes where they see themselves in ten years professionally, as well as the life style they wish to have.
b. short-term goals. This includes both academic and personal goals.
c. network of people who can help them overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
d. concrete action steps to achieve their goals and effectively using their network of support.

Upon completion of the Game Plan document, students participate in a celebratory graduation and become members of Future 5. The Game Plan document is continuously updated or revised and is the student's executional framework as they develop.

Population(s) Served
Students

College Prep is a program for high school seniors that drives the end-to-end college process beginning in September and runs until each student has made the final college acceptance decision in May. This preparation includes developing student essays, searching and selecting colleges, completing the Common Application, searching for scholarships, comparing financial aid offers, and final college commitment. In addition to the ongoing workshops and college tours, each senior is paired with an individual volunteer coach who works as a partner with him/her through the entire college process.

Population(s) Served
Students

Future 5's Job Prep is a four month workshop that connects employees with highly motivated low-income students. Through Job Prep, students learn how to succeed in the working world, employees gain the satisfaction of helping students, and Job Prep Partners enhance their reputations for being outstanding workplaces.

Future 5 tailors each Job Prep Partnership to fit the values and the corporate social responsibility objectives of the Job Prep Partner.

Job Prep includes soft skills workshops (ex. interview techniques and resume writing), site visits, mock interviews, job shadowing, and internships.

Through these experiences, members develop their job readiness skills, such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, and job search strategies.

Students graduate with a letter of recommendation, business cards, and new connections.

Population(s) Served
Students

Future 5 offers weekly community service opportunities for students assisting other profit organizations in Stamford including Mill River Park, Person-to-Person, Neighbors Link, The Boys and Girls Club, Fairgate Farm, and many others.

Population(s) Served
Students

In the 2015-2016 school year, Future 5 launched a pilot program to establish on-campus support for our 45+ Future 5 high school graduates pursuing college and a career path at Norwalk Community College.

In 2018, Future 5 established a partnership with UConn-Stamford, and supports students pursuing a college degree there.

In 2020, Future 5 expanded the College Success program to support students at other colleges and universities.

This office was established to answer the challenge that approximately 80% of low-income community college students will not attain an Associate’s degree within 3 years.

Two staff members and volunteers run this office to counsel and track the students to make sure they have the support they need to stay in school and complete their associates degrees and/or certification programs.

Population(s) Served

Brain Wave : A weekly current events contest open to all students. In a fun, "game show” format, students test their knowledge of local, national, and international current events and compete for small prizes.

Tutoring: students have access to daily on-site volunteer tutors who are available to work with students on any subject one-on-one or in small groups.

Speakers: Professionals from the community come to Future 5 to speak with students about their careers, and the paths they took to get there.

Population(s) Served
Students

Future 5 alumni stay actively engaged with the organization for financial literacy programs, career networking and giving back to current Future 5 students.

Population(s) Served
Students
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

College Prep

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number indicates the total amount of grant/scholarship aid awarded to our students. This includes assistance awarded through FAFSA as well as private scholarships.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

College Prep

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number represents the number of seniors who graduated from high school with a plan to attend college - 100% of whom received scholarships and/or tuition assistance.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Community Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who plan to attend post-secondary education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

College Prep

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These numbers represent the number of seniors who graduated from high school and have a plan to attend college - cumulatively 94% of our high school seniors.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This represents the total of both high school and local college students served.

% of students attending college who will be the first generation in their family to attend college

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

College Prep

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

% of students surveyed who would recommend Future 5 to a friend

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

% of students who persist year 1 to year 2 (starting with the class of 2017) at Norwalk Community College

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Young adults, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

College Sucess

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program started in the fall of 2017 with dedicated staff and volunteers.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our overall goal is to help our members connect to the resources essential to making the transition to post-secondary education, careers, and ultimately financial independence and productive citizenship.

Future 5's membership experience will: 1) increase student members' connections, which will lead to greater confidence and opportunities; 2) increase students' motivation, which will lead to increased academic achievement; and 3) increase students' job readiness skills, which will aid students in gaining meaningful employment and financial independence.

Future 5's point of difference centers on the power of belonging to a positive, caring membership-based community. We engage our students as members throughout high school and beyond. Future 5 is not a one-dimensional program, but instead a holistic membership organization. We are not purely a college prep program, a tutoring service, a mentor-mentee organization, or a job training program. Instead, we believe that each of these components are important for students to thrive, and therefore, Future 5 provides all of the former.

Additionally, we believe that providing our students with the opportunity to make meaningful connections and teaching students the skills to maximize connections decreases the opportunity gap. When young people are connected to themselves and the community, they are better able to navigate obstacles and systems that may hinder their academic, professional, and personal success. Therefore, instead of matching students with a single coach, our students partner with many different coaches, depending on the workshop they participate in or the career they are interested in pursuing or exploring. When students become part of the Future 5 community, they gain a life-altering network of ongoing support.

Future 5 is specifically focused on: 1) discipline in maintaining the quality of the workshops we offer; 2) building physical infrastructure (about to double our space); and 3) building financial infrastructure necessary to ensure sustainability of our organization for many years to come. Moreover, the staff meets weekly to review individual student progress, programs, infrastructure, and fundraising.

Additionally, we attribute our accomplishments to our membership-based community model, our “army" of more than 70 dedicated and committed volunteer coaches, our talented staff and engaged board, and our ability to monitor, assess, and adjust programming in response to student needs. We believe that providing meaningful connections to our members and helping them develop the skills necessary to maximize those connections and resources helps decrease the opportunity gap. Our volunteer coaches provide professional and academic guidance, as well as a new network of connections to our student members. In the 2015-2016 academic school year, our volunteers committed more than 5,000 hours or $415,000 of pro bono guidance, support, and tutoring.

REAL ESTATE/PHYSICAL SPACE: Due to our rapid student member growth, we had outgrown our physical space. We addressed this challenge by renting adjacent space in the building next door. This expanded space was designed with the flexibility to be used simultaneously for workshops, small group workshops, homework space, tutoring/coaching space.

ACADEMIC REMEDIATION AND UNDERCLASSMEN ENGAGEMENT: Much of our programming engages our juniors and seniors (such as College Prep and Job Prep). At the same time, we recognize that many of our students (at all grade levels) struggle academically. We have already put systems in place to increase academic achievement, such as offering academic tutoring four days/week, Think Tank Wednesdays, and requiring students to bring in and review their report cards/ progress reports with a student advocate. While these initiatives have been beneficial, we will provide more opportunities for younger students to be involved in Future 5. We are expanding our programming to include reading, writing, math, and financial literacy "Skill Builder" workshops, which will help build strong academic and technical foundations.

TRADE SCHOOL AND CAREER CONNECTIONS: Since it is our goal for all student members to achieve financial independence, and will continue to help our student members navigate trade school, certification, and job possibilities. While we believe that all students should have the opportunity to attend college, we are expanding our network with connections to support our students who are interested in learning a vocational trade.

Financials

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FUTURE 5 INC

Board of directors
as of 8/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Christopher Wright

Pilgrim Capital

Term: 2020 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Lindsay Valk

John Bonora

First County Bank

Jessica Lee

PwC

Frank Lyon

AmeriCares

Christopher Wright

Pilgrim Capital

Nancy Benjamin

Future 5 Coach

LIndsay Valk

Future 5 Coach

Andrei Saunders

Bank of America

Rick Swift

Future 5 College Coach

Jed Selkowitz

AmeriCares

Jeff Growney

Millstreet Capital

Fritz Chery

Grace Daycare & Learning Center

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data