Who We Serve
less than 50%
of former foster youth in Miami and statewide will earn a high school diploma before they turn 22, more than half will experience homelessness and only 30% will be gainfully employed.
Since 2003 Educate Tomorrow's
240 transitioning youth have actively engaged in our mentoring program and 1,200 have benefitted from skills camps and college tours. The greatest impact has come to those who have actively engaged in a meaningful mentor relationship.
As of March 1st, 2013
we have130 active participants and 90% are either enrolled in school or gainfully employed. Our Alumni have graduated from 15 different institutions, 4 outside of Florida.
41 of our students
have now graduated from college with degrees varying from phlebotomy and automotive tech to Master's degrees in Accounting, Social Work and Journalism. We are proud of all our Alumni!
The average age
at time of graduation was 23.5 years old. This stresses the importance of Educate Tomorrow's policy that students never age out of our program, they can only graduate out and become Alumni.
Of our 88 students over 23 yrs old,
44% have a college degree or certification. That is compared with less than 5% of former foster youth in Florida and nationally.
93% of our students
over 23 yrs old have a High School diploma or GED, compared with less than 60% of former foster youth in Florida.
The 41 college graduates
have received degrees or certifications from 15 different colleges and universities. That means we need to cast a wider net and find supporters and mentors outside of Miami.
In 2010, The White House
recognized Educate Tomorrow as a top 20 “Program of Promise," and On March 8th, 2013, College Board, announced that Educate Tomorrow is the 2013 Innovation Award winner for the Southern Region of the United States for the category of preparing students for “Getting In” to college.
Isn't just a number.
Six hundred foster children participating in a 2002 - 2008 study were shown to be worse off than their general population counterparts, particularly during troubled economic times. We're going to change this.See how
The reality is harsher
Less than 50% of them complete their high school degrees. Of those who manage to graduate from high school, fewer than 10% enroll in college, and less than 1% graduate from college.
Is awful close to 100
Seventy-five percent of the children in foster care are behind at least one grade level. They are also twice as likely as their peers to drop out before completing their education. You can help.Become a mentor
Are only the beginning.
Emancipated foster youth face more than just these challenges as adults, they are also disproportionately more likely to experience non-marital pregnancy, lower educational attainment, and dependence on public assistance.
Let's make a change.
Fifty-four percent of first generation college bound students pursue a college degree. For students whose parents received a higher education, this number jumps up to 82%. See how you can help, one student at a time.Sponsor a student
Are you a parent?
Did you know that the level of academic achievement a child reaches is directly related to family income, and to the level of education that parents or guardians have reached themselves? Your education doesn't only belong to you.
That's less than half.
Only 46% percent of foster youth complete high school. Now compare that to the 84% completion rate of their general population counterparts. Are you a high school student in danger of becoming part of this statistic?Join Us
is actually a lot.
Each year that a child lives in poverty, the likelihood that they will fall behind their grade level increases by 2%. After 8 or more years in poverty a child is almost twice as likely to be enrolled below grade level than a child who has spent two or fewer years in poverty.
and create successes.
A child whose family has been mired in poverty for 10 years is twenty times more likely to do poorly in school than a child whose family has held a low-income status for only 1 year.Want to help?
It's our job to provide these youth with the opportunities to escape this cycle, and to work their way out from underneath these crushing statistics.
In the view of internationally recognized educator and author, Dr. Ruby K. Payne, "sponsorship" (i.e. the support of an educator, mentor, spouse, or role model) is one of the most effective ways in which an individual can escape the cycle of poverty.
The positive impact of out-of-school, one-on-one, goal-oriented, and community-based mentoring on the educational success of "at-risk youth" is incredible. There is a high concentration of impoverished youth in need of greater academic support and services. The faster we create a community dedicated to fostering educational growth in "at-risk" and impoverished youths, the less likely it is that another generation will face the same odds.
Educate Tomorrow provides resources for these adolescents. Access to support that will help a youth complete their education is a crucial facet in elevating dependent youth from the constraints of poverty, and it's at the very heart of our mission.