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Educate Tomorrow

Independence Through Education

Miami Beach, FL   |  www.educatetomorrow.org

Mission

Educate Tomorrow’s mission is to have a positive and enduring impact on those we serve, focusing on college access and success and helping them mature into strong, contributing members of our society. Our Guiding Values Creating opportunities: We believe that talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. Breaking down barriers: We believe that neither poverty nor neglect should impede youth from leading successful adult lives. Achieving independence through college education: We believe youth achieve independence through education, mentoring and life skills. Supporting inclusive communities: We believe in helping people so they may help others.

Ruling year info

2004

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Brett McNaught

President/Co-Founder

Ms. Virginia Emmons-McNaught

Main address

PO Box 398418

Miami Beach, FL 33239 USA

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EIN

51-0493526

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The transition to adulthood is difficult for any adolescent; however, youth in the foster care system face additional challenges, especially in postsecondary education. Only 46% of youth from foster care graduate from high school, compared with 82% of students from the general population. ➤ 90% of Educate Tomorrow students have earned a high school diploma. Low graduation rates translate to approximately 20% of youth from foster care enrolling in college as opposed to 66% in the general population. Only 5% of youth from foster care complete a degree from a four-year university, compared with 32% for students from the general population. ➤ 40% of Educate Tomorrow students earn a postsecondary degree by age 25.

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?

Educate Tomorrow

Educate Tomorrow is dedicated to creating independence for children, youth and families who have been affected by trauma, poverty or lack of opportunity through education, mentoring, advocacy and life skills training.

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged people

Educate Tomorrow partners with Miami Dade College, Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. Full-time, dedicated staff at each institution work with Educate Tomorrow students and any student who is eligible for the college tuition exemption.

John Emerson, who leads Casey Family Program’s postsecondary education and training for youth in foster care recently said, "an exemplary Florida initiative is Educate Tomorrow’s work in [South Florida]. They are bringing community partners together to address academic achievement issues for those in foster care – including post-secondary education and training. Their work promoting community dialog and planning includes... work with community colleges. This is an area of national need.”

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Child Protector of the Year 2013

Voices for Children

Community Partner of the Year 2014

11th Circuit Guardian ad Litem

Top 25 Mentoring "Program of Promise" 2010

White House

Innovation Award for Getting In to College 2013

College Board Advocacy and Policy Center

Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence Award 2014

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Freedon Heroes 2007

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Outstanding Community Partner Award 2008

Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance

Thelma Gibson Award 2006

Miami Women's Chamber of Commerce

Certificate of Appreciation 2011

Florida Youth Shine

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

On Campus Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Educate Tomorrow is focused on connecting disenfranchised, low-income individuals with opportunities and a life-long community of support.

This support includes complete care coordination, rewards for reaching goals, college coaching, career advice, trauma reduction, and a sense of family with milestone achievement celebrations, all of which equals increased stability in the lives of people desperately in need of it.

Educate Tomorrow provides opportunities for housing, educational enrichment, after school and summer academic experiences, mentorships, tutoring, scholarships, financial literacy, volunteer service, internships, networking, employment, college tours, resume building, and building and becoming an integral, contributing, supportive member of the community.

Educate Tomorrow also offers The College Experience, where students gain valuable skills in preparing to go to college, including an intense summer camp enrichment program, a college tour of campuses across the state of Florida, and academic and life skills trainings throughout the school year.

And young women participate in the Educate Tomorrow Women’s Executive Internship program, Finding your Power, Purpose and Presence (P3), gaining self-awareness, mindfulness, life skills, life coaching, enhanced resumes, and a yearlong internship with a female executive in Miami.

Educate Tomorrow addresses the issue of secondary and postsecondary educational attainment by integrating activities designed to support the physical, emotional, social, and academic needs of participating youth. This holistic emphasis on the interconnected skill sets of our youth serves to differentiate our program from more traditional mentoring programs, enabling it to be more effective in impacting the lives of our youth.

In 2013 Educate Tomorrow entered into partnerships with Miami-Dade College and Florida International University. Through these partnerships, we were able to create programs and a full-time dedicated staff member at each institution that works with Educate Tomorrow students and any student who is eligible for the college tuition waiver due to being involved in the foster care system or being homeless.

John Emerson, who leads Casey Family Program's postsecondary education and training for youth in foster care recently said, “an exemplary Florida initiative is Educate Tomorrow's work in [South Florida]. They are bringing community partners together to address academic achievement issues for those in foster care – including postsecondary education and training. Their work promoting community dialog and planning includes... work with community colleges. This is an area of national need."

Educate Tomorrow's program strategy is to enhance the proven methodology of one-on-one mentoring/life coaching by providing the unique focus of education and acquisition of life skills to promote education as the path to independence. Unlike other mentoring programs, Educate Tomorrow offers volunteers a specific focus – educational & life skills.

Therefore the Educate Tomorrow program is intensive and requires a high level of commitment from the students and staff. Providing program participants with a specific mandate focuses efforts on highly specific results. Educate Tomorrow's strategy is simple: motivate and guide students toward receiving a high school diploma and pursuing postsecondary education (along with other available financial aid), while equipping them with the basic life skills to succeed along the way.

One-on-one mentoring/life coaching is particularly effective with Educate Tomorrow's target population which, by and large, has the desire to succeed, but lacks the confidence, knowledge and resources necessary to pursue educational opportunities (particularly post-secondary opportunities). Educate Tomorrow mentors are trained to assist their mentees and encourage them through the process.

Educate Tomorrow was founded in Miami in 2003 out of the desire to support these youth one on one to take advantage of this great opportunity for postsecondary education and to spread the word in Miami-Dade County and throughout Florida that the opportunity exists.

According to the Florida University System, during the 2002-2003 academic year only eight former foster youth were taking advantage of the college tuition waiver. Educate Tomorrow realized that high school administrators and counselors, foster care case managers and college admissions departments were unaware of the opportunity presented to these youth.

Today more than 5,000 college students are using the tuition waiver statewide, and 1,500 are in the Educate Tomorrow program. Educate Tomorrow is proud to have 168 college graduates.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Educate Tomorrow

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Darius Nevin

G3 Capital Partners, LLC

Term: 2015 - 2021

Melanie Damian

Damian and Valori, LLP

Erika Lucas

MediaPro

Melissa McCarthy

Medical Doctor

Darius Nevin

G3 Capital Partners, LLC

Chris Damian

City National Bank

Jennifer Pakradooni

CoorsTek

Erica French Rubin

International Society for Autism

Donnie Hale

University of Central Florida

Garth Headley

Florida International University

Melissa Visconti

Damian and Valori

Antje Gibson

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-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

Disability