Where Are They Now?

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  1. Jaelle Dorival – She graduated from Westhill High School in 2011. She currently is a senior at St. John’s University, majoring in Homeland and Corporate Security. She works as an intern at Future 5.
  2. Aicha Agrebi – She graduated from Stamford High School in 2011. Works as a makeup artist at Lord and Taylor. She currently is attending Norwalk Community College.
  3. Hermione Illaire – Graduated in 2013. Currently attends Norwalk Community College, majoring in Nursing.
  4. Bryan Mendoza – He graduated high school in 2013. Currently attends University of Connecticut – Stamford with double major in Psychology and English. He is serving in the US National Guard as Military Police.
  5. Lindsay Bosquet – Graduated in 2013. She is in a nursing program in NY and is expected to graduate in June. She is also in her first year at Norwalk Community College (NCC).
  6. Erick Bravo – Certified medical billing and coding specialist.
  7. Mildred Pacheco – She graduated from Westhill High School. She currently is a sophomore attending Naugatuck Community College where she is studying Law.
  8. David Montoya – Graduated from Stamford High School in 2013. He attended Porter and Chester Institute and has become a certified electrician. He currently works at Cablevision.
  9. Christine Fils-Aime – (Honorary Alum) Transferred from Norwalk Community College to Post University. She is majoring in Child Psychology. This past year she made dean’s list.
  10. Florence Grant – She graduated from Stamford High in 2013. She is currently a sophomore at Northeastern University. This past year she made dean’s list.
  11. Brionna West – Graduated from Stamford High School in 2014. She is currently attending Western Connecticut State University, majoring in Pre-Med/ Biology.
  12. Medinard Michel – Graduated from Trinity Catholic High School in 2014. Is currently attending University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in psychology.
  13. Shemar Morgan – Graduated from Westhill High School in 2014. He is attending Norwalk Community College. He has received a scholarship to go to Penn State.
  14. Chistie Carrenard – Graduated from Stamford High School in 2014. She is currently attending University of Connecticut – Stamford, majoring in Biology.
  15. Andy Augustin – He graduated from Stamford High School in 2014. He is currently a freshman at Central Connecticut State University.
  16. Luis Hernandez – He graduated from Westhill High School. He is currently attending Norwalk Community College and is pursuing a liberal arts degree. He will be graduating in December. He will be transferring to Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall.
  17. Yazmin Pacheco – She is in her senior year at UCONN Stamford. She is currently studying business analytics.
  18. Tanzina Idris – She graduated from Westhill High School in 2014. She is currently attending Norwalk Community College and hasn’t decided her major.
  19. Sophie Cam – She graduated from Westhill High school in 2012. She is currently a junior at American University in DC. Next semester she is going abroad to Exeter England.
  20. Miriam Desgazon – She graduated in 2013. She is a sophomore at Central Connecticut State University. She is a social major and is planning to study abroad next semester (January) for 5 months in Poland.
  21. Antonia Joseph – She graduated from Westhill High School in 2013. She completed the CNA program at Norwalk Community College. She is a certified nursing assistant looking for position within that field.

Mayor David Martin Speaks with Future 5 Students

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Future 5’s Job Prep Workshop Kicks-Off

This week Stamford Mayor David Martin stopped by to speak with the student members of Future 5, a Stamford-based nonprofit that helps low-income high school students in Stamford, CT graduate and connect to a better and sustainable education and career path.

The event with the Mayor kicked-off the sixth year of Future 5’s very popular and vital Job Prep workshop. This workshop provides the students with six weeks of “soft skills” training for the workplace – communication skills, professionalism, work ethic, teamwork, etc. Job Prep graduates then qualify for visits to Stamford corporations, job shadowing and internships. Future 5 provides each of them with ongoing coaching help for after school and summer job searches – including resume help, mock interviews and search strategies. Historically approximately 95% of Future 5 graduates are successful in landing part time jobs, including jobs through the Mayor’s Youth Employment program.

The Mayor talked with approximately 25 students in attendance along with a number of volunteer coaches and staff. He touched upon topics such as his own education and career path, the importance of an educated, youthful workforce in Stamford, qualities of a successful employee, the Mayor’s Youth Employment program and the future employment outlook in Stamford.

Mayor Martin explained he believed that what is critical to be successful when becoming part of the workforce is to “be reliable and be engaged”. He stressed to the students that it is important to communicate this to a prospective employer in an interview and most importantly show it on the job. He also answered some tough questions from the students including “What obstacles in life did you overcome?”, “How did you find a job in line with your college degree?”, “How are you planning to encourage job growth in Stamford?”, “What is bringing people to Stamford?”, and “How do you see Stamford changing in the next five years?”

Before being able to move on to Future 5’s Job Prep workshop, students must complete the required “Here2There” workshop, which focuses on the importance of motivation, commitment, self-control, overcoming gremlins and concludes with students creating a personalized game plan for their future. Currently there are 115 Future 5 members.

Prior to the Mayor’s visit that afternoon, students participated in Future 5’s weekly Brain Wave session – a lively and spirited Trivial Pursuit-type game designed to test students’ knowledge of current events and the world around them. Lead by executive director and New Canaan resident Clif McFeely, students competed for points by answering questions on topics trending in the news. “It’s important for the students to be involved and engaged, not only during our workshops but with what’s going on out in the world. Brain Wave helps in a challenging and fun way,” said McFeely. McFeely encourages students to dig deeper than the headlines and provide context for their answers, and he frequently awards bonus points for particularly thought-provoking answers. It’s all in the spirit of good fun and the student with the most points wins a small prize.

Future 5 Students Graduate from Here2There Workshop

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Recognition ceremony at Stamford’s Old Town Hall

Future 5, a Stamford-based nonprofit that helps low-income high school students in Stamford, CT graduate and connect to a better and sustainable education and career path, announced that 20 students have graduated from the most recent required “Here2There” workshop, which qualifies students to become official full members of the organization. Fifteen students already graduated from “Here2There” in October. Currently there are 115 Future 5 members.

Students will be recognized at Future 5’s annual holiday party on Monday, December 22 at the Old Town Hall on Atlantic Street from 4:00-6:00pm. Those interested in learning more about the nonprofit are encouraged to attend.

“We are thrilled and proud to graduate our 13th wave of Here2There students since the organization was founded five years ago. This is our second graduation this school year! All of our students accomplished a great deal in a very short period of time and are now are equipped with a personalized game plan for their future that they can begin to implement with confidence and success,” said Clif McFeely, founder and executive director of Future 5.

The required workshop focuses on the importance of motivation, commitment, self-control, overcoming gremlins and concludes with students creating a personal game plan for success. Future 5 students must graduate from the Here2There workshop, which is at the core of the organization’s philosophy, with a game plan for life in order to become full members. After graduating from the Here2There workshop, students move on with one-on-one and group coaching as well as completing Future 5’s formalized job prep and college prep workshops. Future 5’s Job Prep workshops for members begin January 13.

“The staff, coaches and volunteers of Future 5 know that it is never too late to shape the future for each and every student. By offering a membership in a caring community, building stronger character and providing a network of support, they empower students to realize their potential for success in life,” said Polly Perkins Johnson, chairman of the board of Future 5.