Educate Tomorrow

Mission: Educate Tomorrow’s mission is to have a positive and enduring impact on those we serve, focused on college access and success, helping them mature into strong, contributing members of our society. 

 

Pillars

Educate Tomorrow focuses on five pillars to deliver impact for college access and success. 

  1. Students
  2. Families
  3. Communities
  4. Institutions
  5. Systems
  1. Students: Educate Tomorrow provides holistic support services to youth who are pursuing higher education. We primarily serve youth who are currently in or aged out of foster care and/or are experiencing housing instability. Educate Tomorrow provides multi-year care coordination and student-centric services using its signature Compassionate College Coaching model to inspire dreams, achieve academic goals, and develop social-emotional skills. 

 

Our Coaches provide support and access to resources in the following areas:

 

  • essential needs: housing, legal support, financial literacy, emergency financial assistance, mental health support
  • academic: after school and summer academic experiences, tutoring, financial aid support, scholarships, educational field experiences, college tours, building community, study abroad experiences, social emotional learning
  • growth planning: career advising, goal-setting and progress monitoring, internships, mentoring, networking, resume building, professional development 
  • personal development: defining personal purpose, becoming an integral, contributing, supportive member of the community, volunteer service

 

Our programs are available for those in high school and college: Unite Miami a Family and Neighborhood Support contract funded by The Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County, AOK  Scholars a partnership with the Larry E. White Family Foundation, and Finding Your Power, Purpose and Presence (P3)

 

  1. Families: Educate Tomorrow empowers families with multi-generational students to become drivers of their own learning experiences. Through a team of educators and school partners, Educate Tomorrow connects families to internal and community resources to eliminate barriers that may hinder academic, social and economic growth, and promote academic success. 

Educate Tomorrow provides support to families in the following areas:

 

  • essential needs: housing, legal support, financial literacy, emergency financial assistance, mental health support
  • academic: after school and summer academic experiences, tutoring, financial aid support, scholarships, educational field experiences, college tours, building community, study abroad experiences, social emotional learning
  • growth planning: career advising, goal-setting and progress monitoring, internships, mentoring, networking, resume building, professional development
  • parenting supports: co-education coaching, continuing education opportunities, care coordination and group parenting sessions, growth planning, parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and childhood development 
  • goal-setting and progress monitoring: career exploration, mentoring, networking, professional development 

 

We support families through our programs including Unite Miami a Family and Neighborhood Support contract through The Children's Trust, Global Field Academy a enrichment program for youth and their families, Mission North Star an Annie E Casey funded initiative to support young parents in higher education led by Miami Dade College.

 

  1. Communities: Educate Tomorrow takes leadership at the local community level to build a strengths-based and solution-focused coalition. This coalition consists of a diverse set of strategic partners who provide holistic services to youth in foster care and are experiencing homelessness. Together, these partners work towards a common goal of helping students successfully navigate the complex systems of child welfare, housing and postsecondary education. As a builder and leader of alliances, Educate Tomorrow cultivates a collaborative productive coalition, based on trust, shared ownership and accountability. The group deploys creative thinking, effective problem-solving and communication to keep the student’s best interests a priority. Educate Tomorrow delivers technical assistance, professional development opportunities and training resources for partners.

We play an active role in coalitions including Unite Miami a Family and Neighborhood Support Contract from The Children's Trust of Miami-Dade County, The HOMY Collective and as a Youth Access Point through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

 

  1. Educational Institutions: Educate Tomorrow operates statewide professional networks of college and university staff who directly serve students from foster care or experiencing homelessness. Through networking, training and technical assistance, we build the capacity of members so they can further ensure the academic success of their students. Students’ needs are of utmost importance and their involvement in these networks is greatly valued. 

In addition to serving campus staff, the networks serve two other functions:

  1. Lead campaigns to promote and launch College Coaches at new institutions to reach more students along their postsecondary journeys.
    • Educate Tomorrow provided startup funds for college coaching programs at Miami Dade College, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, Colorado State University, St. Petersburg College and Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  2. Create new networks and expand existing networks across the country, in order to support more campus staff who can increase enrollment, persistence and graduation rates among the population served.

 

Our networks provide:

  • Technical assistance: Student support, data collection, storage and analysis, program and process development, connecting members with funding resources
  • Professional development and networking: webinars, conferences, regional forums
  • Strategic convenings among state leaders, regions and institutions to strengthen support
  • Student support: link students with resources and advocacy for student supports on campus 

Educate Tomorrow’s networks include: 

  • Positive Pathways, contracted by Florida’s Department of Children & Families, serving all of Florida’s state-funded colleges and universities
  • Fostering Success Michigan
  • Educate Tomorrow is also developing networks and partnerships in Colorado, Arizona, and Wisconsin
  1. Systems: Educate Tomorrow affects systems change with the common goal of increasing college access and success for students who experience foster care or homelessness. We focus on three areas for change:
  1. Policy: Educate Tomorrow strategically engages with key community, public and private sector leaders in the child welfare and education sectors to create awareness of the challenges that homeless and foster youth face and shape policies.
  2. Research and data collection/analysis: Educate Tomorrow improves the collaboration of state policy leaders and higher education institutions to develop common data strategies, practices and systems to make aligned decisions.
  3. Program delivery: Develop and improve consistent processes, practices and programs to serve former foster youth at the postsecondary education level 

 




 
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