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ELP 2023

Emerging Leaders Programs (ELP)

We believe that today's students are tomorrow's leaders. ELP I is a free series offered to youth in grades 9-12. Each ELP I series includes workshops that focus on developing professional skills and building confidence to become a leader.  Graduates can progress onto ELP II for weekly one-on-one coaching and mentoring services.

PES 2023

Parent Empowerment Services (PES)

Parent Empowerment Services (PES) include all of the programs that Edu-Futuro provides for free to help parents address issues that may be hindering positive family functioning, financial stability, and adaptation to life in the United States.

WDS 2023

Workforce Development Services (WDS)

In 2016 we launched our bilingual WDS program to meet the needs of underserved Latino and immigrant Northern Virginians who are seeking to leave low-wage service jobs and improve the economic well-being of their families, now in large part, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What we're doing...

At Edu-Futuro, we believe that every young person deserves to thrive. Without the financial means for early childhood education, afterschool enrichment, private tutors, and college prep services, our region's first-generation students struggle to compete with their more affluent peers.

Navigating adolescence can be challenging for all, especially for immigrant youth who must overcome social and economic obstacles to prosper in adulthood. The families served by Edu-Futuro face daunting educational, economic, and linguistic obstacles.

What we aim to solve: Throughout Northern Virginia, the struggle to improve educational attainment is one of the most serious challenges facing immigrant youth and their families. In 2019, the dropout rate for ELL students was 18% at APS, 30.5% at FCPS, and 19.8% at ACPS —significantly higher, in all cases, than the school districts’ overall dropout rates of 5.6%, 7.4%, and 7.7%, respectively. This is where Edu-Futuro steps in. Click here to know more about our 2-Gen approach, and click here to read more about our work.

A Succesful Story


You Can Be A Part Of Our Team

We are always looking to expand our team of volunteers. We search out dedicated people that want to make an impact in our community and the world.. If you are interested in volunteering, click the Volunteer Now button below.

Testimonials Katie Baca-Ortiz

"My experience of serving others has been memorable. I have had the chance to serve students who are in need of tutoring as well as provide leadership workshops alongside other AmeriCorps members. In addition, I have been able to serve with one time volunteers to bring back LEGO robots from sites where in-person classes took place last spring, before COVID. The experience of serving has taught me to offer a helping hand, to learn how to work with a team, to ask for help when needed, and so much more. I am looking forward to serving yet another year alongside more dedicated volunteers and a brand new AmeriCorps team."

Katie Baca-Ortiz, AmeriCorps Member

Testimonials Anjna Nair Mentor

"I showed the students how I went about building my resume. I went through each of their resumes and pointed out common mistakes and changes that could be made. I showed them how LinkedIn has been beneficial for my college and career journey and made note that if they wanted to make a LinkedIn as well, I would be more than happy to assist them. After this meeting, I was finally able to sit down with Leila and add comments, suggestions and changes. She was very happy to get back some reviews and enjoyed reading through my comments as it helped her see what things could be improved upon for a punchy and impactful college essay."

Anjna Nair, Mentor 

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"Sitting by my desk for hours every week, I meticulously planned what I would write for my early action applications. As a first-generation college student, I wasn’t necessarily anticipating my long night sessions spent studying, writing, and editing yielding me the results that it did, but luckily enough I had a decent support system to help me get there. Without Edu-Futuro and the resources provided to me by my mentor, I’m not sure that I would’ve spent those hours with confidence, writing the essays and supplements that got me in! From learning about resume building in Edu-Futuro ELP I, to applying to scholarships in ELP II, I am now wholly confident that I will be able to succeed in my future, putting my best foot forward.”

Kadija Ismail, ELP Alumnae

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"I never expected to be surgically intervened during my lifetime -- much less having heart surgery at age 18. Luckily for me, Edu-Futuro was there to help me. Because of the timing, I was unable to concentrate and give my best effort on my application for ELP II. However, the admissions committee was not only understanding and gave me an extension to submit my documents and my application, but they also supported me. After undergoing heart surgery and being accepted into the program, Edu-Futuro stayed in close contact with me to ensure that my recovery went well. As I regained my strength, Edu-Futuro presented me with multiple scholarship and mentoring opportunities to help me stay on track with the college admissions process. Ultimately, I would like to say that I am forever grateful for their continuous support, and if anyone is ever in need, Edu-Futuro will be there to provide you with the same amount of support they gave me to ensure my wellbeing and my future success."

Alejandro Erazo, ELP Alumn

Testimonials Liliana Rodriguez Parent

"The reason for this email is to express my gratitude to you and Edu-Futuro for the financial aid extended to my family at a very difficult time. Thank you to those who made it possible to donate a communication kit for my daughter Lizz Palza. Besides giving her a lot of happiness, it is and will be very useful for her. My eternal gratitude for such a great attitude. Once again, thank you very much."

Liliana Rodriguez, Parent

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