Promising Futures Overview
 

Promising Futures is an exclusively grant funded Washington, DC-based youth development
pipeline of urban youth.

This community-based program prides itself on activating the positive youth development of its
members and building their social and political capital
(in the form of agency) to navigate adolescence as
they transition into adulthood. From 2011-2013, the pipeline secured memorandums of agreement (MOAs) with over 20 youth serving community based agencies, was vetted as an approved community provider within
the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS),
trained 25 high school youth representing five DCPS
and public charter schools as Peer Educators, had 62 middle school youth matriculate through its after-
school curriculum and served up to 900 youth through street outreach, performance-based workshops/events and youth ‘teach-back’ trainings.

our history
2002 -
Began as an educational HIV hip hop presentation series at Ryan White Youth Conference.
2004 -
Transitioned program mission from
prevention oriented (risk reduction)
to youth development oriented
(building assets and agency).
2005 -
Leadership development, college
preparation, financial literacy and
nutrition added to the topical areas of
youth development.
2006 -
Gained local, national and international attention. Presented at the International Conference on AIDS - Toronto, CA.
2010 -
Peer education program born.
2011 -
Ambassador and Team Advisor programs added to youth development pipeline.
2011 -
Received a 5 year grant to implement evidence-based curriculum.
2013 -
Respected as a local authority on youth development with over 20 partners.
Youth Development Pipeline
  • AMBASSADORS - are youth ages 11-14 engaged in a curriculum based program co-facilitated by young adults and near peers. Since inception in 2011, 175 youth have been reached at Roots Public Charter School, Washington Middle School for Girls, Ophelia Egypt Program Center, Ballou High School, and Washington Metropolitan High School.
  • PEER EDUCATORS - are youth ages 15-18 who use performing art ‘edutainment’ techniques for workshops and city-wide campaigns to engage their peers in critical dialogue on relevant social issues. Since its inception in 2010, 28 youth have served as peer educators. 100% of peer educators have graduated from high school and gone on to four year colleges/universities such as GW, St. Johns, Bucknell, Univ of Wisconsin, Howard, St. Francis, Old Dominion, Hampton, Virginia Commonwealth, and Clark Atlanta Universities.
  • TEAM ADVISORS - are college and graduate level students who coach and mentor the ambassadors and peer educators through trainings, co-facilitation and evaluation projects. All team advisors have been GW students enrolled in the Masters of Public Health or Education programs and current health professionals.
Our Movers and Shakers
Achievements
  • WOW Connections
    Trained to lead the Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) Connections to Careers Financial Literacy Curriculum.
  • Shopping for the Perfect Fit
    Developed, directed and premiered “Shopping for the Perfect Fit”, a film on the importance of female condoms as a submission to an international FC2 film contest.
  • International Outreach
    Choreographed and performed a “Condom Style’ flashmob for International Condom Day Outreach with AIDS HealthCare Foundation
Youth Development

2011 PEER EDUCATOR:

"Promising Futures let's me be me and still think about stuff that's important for teens to know"

2013 PEER EDUCATOR:

"Promising Futures is like my family"
 

2013 AMBASSADOR SLAM BOOK:

"I am known for: My skills... Playing football...
Cooling... Leadership... Being funny"

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