New Futures: Helping Communities and Educators to Provide Children Culturally Relevant Programs

New Futures partners with families in their communities and with educators to ensure that children succeed in school and in life. Their integrated, culturally relevant programs in low-income apartment complexes build skills, foster connectedness, and promote strengths.

Population of focus

Low income children, youth, families and adults in South King County, Washington state

Implementation

New Futures increases access to services by locating services directly within the apartment complexes where consumers live. At its Burien site New Futures linked 4 apartment units within a low-income apartment complex and converted the space into classrooms, computer labs, and family meeting areas where they provide a number of different programs to address community needs. By locating within the community, the agency hopes to increase access to services and resources for very low-income residents who live there. New Futures maintains an open door policy and a holistic approach to serving the community where there is no need for appointments and residents can approach staff for any reason. Natural helpers that are hired from within the community and understand the cultural differences within the local population make house visits and develop programs that have been suggested or requested by residents.

Contact

P.O. Box 66958
Burien, WA 98166
(260) 248-9647
info@newfutures.org
www.newfutures.org