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Building Futures Now is a non-profit organization dedicated to opening the doors of the Bay Area's top public and private schools to high-potential, under-served students from East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park. Through year-round, individual suppport from third grade through high school, Building Futures Now empowers students to develop the skills to succeed in middle school, high school, college, and beyond. Building Futures Now makes a long-term commitment, following students through critical years not only at school, but after school and at home. Building Futures Now is committed to developing the whole child, which means making a positive impact on students' complete environment by actively partnering with parents, family, and teachers.
Each year, Building Futures Now launches an intensive recruitment campaign to identify up to 15 high potential, low-income students of color in the third grade within East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park and neighboring communities. Once accepted to the program, students participate in year-round programming and receive individualized support from full-time staff and committed volunteer tutors and mentors. We currently have 50 students in four cohorts from fourth through seventh grade. Program components include after-school program, academic summer program, individual mentoring, monthly family workshops, monthly field trips and family assistance as needed.