LaHuffman-Jackson, Garant Named Partners of the Year by Edu-Futuro
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) coordinator of family partnerships Renee LaHuffman-Jackson and director of business and community partnerships Jay Garant were recognized as Partners of the Year by Edu-Futuro, a local nonprofit organization that supports immigrant youth and their families through mentorships, education, leadership development, and parent engagement.
Since entering into a formal partnership with FCPS last year, Edu-Futuro has provided support for FCPS students via its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) with a goal of college enrollment and professional success for all students. Graduates of the program return to mentor current students.
ELP offers free workshops on academic, leadership, and professional skills; career awareness and exploration; workforce development; and an after-school robotics program for students in grades 6-8. Mentors help guide students through the college, financial aid, and scholarship application process and the transition to postsecondary education. Edu-Futuro also provides social and academic mentors to FCPS students, some of whom are AmeriCorps volunteers. Last year, $5.1 million in scholarships was offered to ELP students.
Programs are also provided for families, including free classes, workshops, and support for parents to help them adapt to life in the U.S.
Last year, Edu-Futuro served 481 students in three of its programs.
For more information, contact Renee LaHuffman-Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.