(PRWEB) May 03, 2013
Futures for Children (FFC) was awarded $6,000 in grant funding for use in advancing the programs and initiatives designed to promote educational opportunities for American Indian children. FFC was one of five nonprofits selected to compete for $35,000 in grant money donated by local businesses and organizations and matched by the Albuquerque Community Foundation.
The event was held on April 25, 2013 at Hotel Albuquerque in conjunction with the Foundation’s annual meeting. Seventy tables of 10 participants each awarded a grant of $500 to the nonprofit they considered to be the most deserving. Futures for Children garnered the support of 12 tables in head-to-head competition with four well-known local nonprofits. Teresa C. Gomez, President/CEO of Futures for Children expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the contest, "We were honored to have been chosen by the Albuquerque Community Foundation to showcase the important work we do with American Indian youth and communities."
The grant monies will enable Futures for Children to expand its programs which provide educational services through their Three Circles of Support: Youth Leadership, Friendship (Mentorship), and Families in Action. These programs encourage self-confidence and goal-setting, family support and involvement, community improvement, and the integration of Native and mainstream life.
Futures for Children is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Since 1968, FFC has helped 20,000 American Indian students at 147 program sites across New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma. More than 180 volunteers from tribal communities work with Futures for Children to deliver and monitor the programs and to encourage educational success for their children. Over 95% of FFC’s mentored seniors graduated in 2012 and 65% of these graduating seniors planned to attend college. Three mentored seniors were GATES Millennium Scholars.
Futures for Children depends on grant funding and individual donations to expand its programs which encourage Indian students to develop into young leaders who find their voice and take action, while taking pride in their cultural identities.