"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.
FutureNow! students work on their assignments and projects at the SDA, Elwell Youth Study, Fall 2020.
Parents Information day at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Elwell St., Grand Rapids, Fall 2020
Students Enrolment into the FutureNow! program, Fall 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We are very grateful for the commitment, patience, and sacrifice of our volunteer tutors and mentors.
The 2020 - 2023 FutureNow! is funded through grants received from the following agencies:
* Brookside Christian Reformed Church
* Classis Grand Rapids East
* Grand Rapids Community Foundation
* Kent County
* Lake Michigan Credit Union
* Spectrum Health Healthier Communities
* Steelcase Foundation
* Wege Foundation
FutureNow! SDA Team, August 2021
Book Club at the African Resource Center, Summer 2016
Youth Fellowship at Church of the Servant CRC, Spring 2018
Field trip on board the D J Angus, Summer 2019
FUTURENOW! 2020 - 2021
FUTURENOW! FIELD TRIP - 2019
ARC BOOK CLUB (ABC) - 2015