Educación Para Nuestro Futuro (formerly Escuela Bolivia)
WISH LIST: $500: 10 textbooks for children learning English; $1000: university field trip for 10 college-bound students and their parents; $3000: college scholarship for 1 senior
Thirteen years ago, Educación Para Nuestro Futuro was created by Bolivian parents determined to meet the educational needs of DC's growing (yet underserved) Latino population. Since then, it has empowered thousands of youth and families through transformative education and leadership development programs. At its Escuela Bolivia Program, 200 children study Spanish during the week while their parents take Spanish or ESL classes over the weekend; through Project Family, toddlers and their parents study Spanish together through music and educational games. For low-income Latino youth, Edu-Futuro's Emerging Leaders Program teaches study skills and public speaking, sponsors university visits and service projects, and connects students with mentors who guide them through the college application process (a computer lab is available for students working on applications outside of school). Parents have their own leadership program, which offers techniques and ideas for supporting their kids through school and life. Last year, 100% of the Emerging Leaders Program students reported increased self-esteem and 70% enrolled in a higher education institution. Let's invest in their, and our, future.