"Future Foundation helped me take pride in who I was, who I am… Being a part of Future Foundation leaves an impression on you that you really can do anything you set your mind to."
~Lydia Mathis, FF Alumni, First-Year College Student, Gates Millennium Scholar
Future Foundation 2.0 is a community-led collective impact solution for children’s wellbeing in East Point and College Park, Georgia that strengthens youth, families, schools, and the local community, and builds a sustainable social safety net through collaboration. It repositions Future Foundation’s core programs, which provide children in the 6th through 12th grade with access to healthy relationship development, academic enrichment, family supports, health services, and life skills education, so that youth may escape poverty and become productive adults.
While we have proven our model works with individual participants, local schools remain low-performing and the need for coordinated community interventions only increases. The main school cluster in our target area, the Banneker feeder pattern, is the lowest performing among Fulton County Schools (FCS) with a 62% graduation rate, up from 51% last year.
Piloted in 2014-15, Future Foundation 2.0 engages 8th through 12th grade students most at-risk of dropping out, removes barriers to their successful graduation and matriculation to post-secondary education, and moves the needle on the graduation rate for the entire school. The project’s key components include multi-sector collaboration, placed-based intervention, and rigorous evaluation to develop an evidenced based collaborative service model. More specifically, innovative dimensions of the FF 2.0 collective impact program include:
- Use of school data to identify 8th through 12th grade students most at-risk of dropping out;
- Implementation of Future Foundation’s intervention at the school and our community centers serving targeted youth;
- Coordination of intensive case management and cross-sector services to address students’ individual needs and barriers to graduation;
- Support services for students’ caregivers to meet family income, health, and education needs;
- Evaluation of process and student outcomes for continuous improvement and development of a replicable, scalable, evidence-based collaborative service model.
With Banneker representing just one of 27 low-performing feeder patterns in Georgia, the need for Future Foundation 2.0 is great.