Future 5 “Friendraiser” Hosted by Tom Beusse

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, Tom Beusse and the Board of Directors hosted a “Friendraiser” at 707 Weed Street in New Canaan, CT, in a converted 1926 monastery. Attendees heard from students about the impact Future 5 has had on their lives, while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

“Agency Offering Student Support Gains Promotion”, The Advocate, July 9, 2013

Flo Grant was a straight-A student, a National Honor Society member and senior prom queen.

In other words, she is not a student you would expect to say she wasn’t going to college. But that is likely what would have happened if not for a nonprofit organization housed across the street from Old Town Hall.

“I wanted to go, but I didn’t really know how to go about it,” Grant said of plans for college. “I probably would have graduated (high school) and went to work to help my grandmother out … I don’t really have parents.”

On Jan. 23, 2011, Grant lost her mother and role model to cancer.

“My mother, she worked hard for what she wanted and didn’t give up,” Grant said. “That’s what I got my motivation from.”

Read the complete article here.

“Stamford Companies are Making a Difference…”

Our student’s sign reads, “We Love Ashforth,” and we do!

Andy Ashforth, President of The Ashforth Company, a diversified Real Estate firm is passionate about education and has invested, both personally and professionally in Future 5 and its students. Andy is a member of our Board of Directors, his company participates as a “Job Prep Partner” and he has directed his marketing team in support of our promotional efforts. Thank you to each of The Ashforth Company employees who wear their hearts on their Future 5 sleeve!

As Mahatma Ghandi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” and this Valentine’s Day, Future 5 would like to thank Stamford’s business community who have invested in changing the graduation statistics in Stamford:

Towers Watson for their Brain Wave event, PWC for sharing their financial literacy course with our college club, Royal Bank of Canada for providing meeting space, Thomson Reuters for creating a SpeedNetworking session, the GE Foundation and GE’s Job Shadowing day, Nielsen’s participation as a Job Prep Partner, Stanwich Advisors’ festive Friendraiser event, DMOC’s legal assistance, James Grunberger, our benevolent landlord as well as Bank of Ireland, GenRe and Purdue Pharma for their financial support!

These companies share our belief that every student’s future matters. What do you believe? Contact us to create partnerships and programs that impact Stamford’s high school students!

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Future 5!

Clif McFeely, Founder/Director
Polly Perkins Johnson, Chair