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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
- Nelson Mandela
FUTURENOW!: OUR GOAL

 

To equip African youths (especially those who have recently arrived in the United States in the past ten years) with the social and academic skills they need to transition responsibly into the North American culture.

 

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About FutureNow!

The FutureNow! is the educational youth empowerment program of the African Resource Center. Participating middle and high school students develop academic and social skills they need to navigate current and future challenges of life.

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SDA Study Site

We are grateful for our partnership with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Elwell Street in Wyoming, Grand Rapids, for providing us space for our busiest study site. In 2021, 55 students are enrolled in the FutureNow! program at the SDA site.

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WYV Study Site

We appreciate our collaboration with the management of the Whitney Young Village apartments for allowing us to use their common room for our meetings. Fifteen students regularly attend our FutureNow! programs at the WYV site in 2021.

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WCC Study Site

Our third study site is at the Woodfield Community Center. Here, sixteen middle and high school students are enrolled in the FutureNow! in 2021. Asante sana to the WCC management for partnering with us on this important project.

FutureNow! students work on their assignments and projects at the SDA, Elwell Youth Study, Fall 2020.

 

Students Enrolment into the FutureNow! program, Fall 2020

 

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Parents Information day at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Elwell St., Grand Rapids, Fall 2020

 

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED 

Some people just quit if at first they don't succeed! But no! There is much wisdom in the adage, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

Success takes handwork and perseverance. The ongoing global battle with the coronavirus pandemic has not helped. Learning has become more challenging in a world burdened with emotional and health challenges.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

Our FutureNow! students are resolute. We will not quit! We will ….​

                                    … TRY, AND TRY AGAIN!
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SDA Elder, Deo Johnson, ARC Director, Bernard Ayoola, SDA Pastor Bernard Mugarukira, and ARC Board Chairperson, Abe Vreeke, at a collaborative meeting to discuss the FutureNow! program, Winter 2021.

 

Volunteer tutor and mentor, Josephine Diepstra, showing two FutureNow! students how to log into the online tutoring software, Fall 2020.

FutureNow! Youth presentation at the Christmas Celebration organized by the African Ladies Fellowship, December 2020.
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FutureNow! SDA Team, August 2021

 

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Youth Fellowship at Church of the Servant CRC, Spring 2018

 

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FUTURENOW! 2020 - 2021

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Our FutureNow! Partners

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Parents Information/Planning Meeting at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Elwell St. Wyoming, July 2021.

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