Partnership for the Future’s mission is to provide high-potential high school students from challenging circumstances in the metro-Richmond area with tools and experiences necessary to attain a college degree. Twenty years ago, a group of business people saw a way to offset the deficiencies that could hold back these exceptional students. PFF was started to help bright students from challenging backgrounds consider futures different from those in their community. In 2014, 80% of our students completed the program, and 100% of them entered a college or university. On average, 87% are accepted by one of their top three choices of schools.
PFF provides a yearly average of 150 motivated high school students, from the City of Richmond and Henrico County, with college prep courses, personal development workshops, one-on-one mentoring, savings seminars, as well as incentives to save such as our matching program. Of the students PFF helps, 72% of them come from households with an income of $40,000 or less, and 87% of them will be the first generation to attend college.
PFF is a year-round program but the rigor of PFF’s model is most apparent in the summer. During their first summer with us, students attend the weeklong PFF Institute at Randolph-Macon College. PFF Institute is designed to break the negative habits that students may have learned from their homes or previous academic environments while developing basic employment skills such as training in Microsoft Office, understanding the importance of maintaining both a positive attitude and a professional demeanor, and learning good communication skills, all of which will be practiced during their internships.
During their second, third and fourth summers with PFF, students begin a paid three-year summer internship with local businesses or organizations. Students work on-site Monday through Thursday, spending each Friday at PFF developing additional skills. We are also extending our guidance for our students through their first year of college. This support greatly increases college graduation rates.
PFF is recognized as a best practice organization. The National College Access Network recently invited PFF to take part in their Common Measures Learning Community to explore and implement effective data tracking and usage strategies that improve services for students taking part in programs across the nation. It is an opportunity to share and learn best practices that lead to improving college enrollment and degree attainment. And last November, Charleita Richardson, PFF’s President & CEO, participated in the College Affordability Panel with Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education and Congressman Eric Cantor. The event focused on the virtues of transparency in higher education and how that can help parents and students make smarter and well-informed decisions about their education opportunities.
PFF utilizes a holistic approach to education for today’s youth. Our uniqueness revolves around a 3-year commitment of the students and families to the program. Our commitment to the student includes the following three areas.
(1) Students grow stronger academically, with the help of PFF’s programs. Students participate in year-round sessions to help them explore career options and opportunities for personal development.They participate in PFF’s college preparation series. The series includes private SAT prep classes as well as courses that help them prepare for the rigors of college, ranging from the demands of studying to developing critical thinking abilities. And to ensure ongoing progress, each student works with a mentor on amonthly basis.
(2) With PFF’s guidance, students select and apply to schools that match their exceptional potential. Students attend college fairs, and PFF staff and mentors guide them in the complex process of preparing college applications and entrance essays. Students also receive help navigating the financial aid process, including applying for scholarships and matching grants.
(3) PFF helps students gain practical experience and life experience. Many PFF students have never traveled to another city, eaten lunch in a restaurant, or conversed with a businessperson. And though the experiences they do have make their achievements even more remarkable, those experiences don’t translate.
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