Forty-two high school seniors who graduated from Westhill, Stamford and Trinity Catholic in Stamford also graduated from Future 5's 'College Prep' program this week.
Future 5 is a nonprofit that works with Stamford high school students, connecting them to a better, sustainable education and career path. The class of 2014 is Future 5's fifth graduating class.
Eleven students will go on to attend Norwalk Community College in the fall, and 24 have committed to attend four-year schools including Cooper Union in New York, University of Massachusetts, Elon University in NC, Lynn University in FL and Southern Conn., Eastern Conn., and Western Conn. State Universities. Seven students are undecided as to their choice of college or trade school selection at this time.
“The future is important. There is a path to success. And Future 5 shows these students the best way to an affordable education,” said Clif McFeely, founder and director of Future 5.
Currently serving 100 members, Future 5 works to instill a 'can-do' attitude by teaching the importance of resilience, grit, optimism, follow-through, and integrity. The organization’s philosophy and community aims to strengthens a student’s self-esteem through character building workshops, job and college preparation programs and one-on-one coaching.
“Future 5’s number one goal is to help students graduate from high school and move on to a successful path towards college, trade school, military or full-time job by ensuring that each of our students develop the self esteem, motivation and game plan necessary to be successful in school and life,” said Polly Perkins Johnson, Future 5’s chairman of the board and New Canaan resident.
Since its founding in 2009, 99 percent of Future 5 students have graduated from high school. Stamford’s high school graduation rate is approximately 75 percent.
Twenty-eight volunteer coaches from Stamford and New Canaan worked directly with the 2014 graduating class throughout the entire school year. Volunteers, along with Future 5 staff, offer motivated students the opportunity for membership in a caring community with a life-altering network of ongoing support.
Visit http://futurefive.org/ for more information about the organization.