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Future Foundation serves children of south Fulton
by Nneka Okona
July 10, 2013 10:19 AM | 2259 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Since 2001, East Point-based Future Foundation, a nonprofit geared towards bettering the lives of children through education, health and life skills programming, has been dedicated to making a difference.

One example of the programming the nonprofit offers to children in sixth grade and up is Design Camp, which ends Friday.

“A group of young ladies are participating in a week-long interior design camp for dorm room decorating tips,” nonprofit CEO Qaadirah Rahim said.

At the conclusion of the camp, the 20 girls participating, ranging from sophomore to seniors in high school, will graduate from the program.

“We really try, at Future Foundation, to prepare our children for post-secondary schooling and also expose them to different careers,” Rahim said.

The nonprofit was founded by her brother, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and she signed on in 2004 as a program director.

Rahim designed many of the successful programs the nonprofit offers today, like its after-school program, crediting her upbringing in south Fulton as a big reason for wanting to give to the children in the community.

“[Shareef and I] both grew up in College Park and East Point,” she said. “We attended schools here and participated in all the different recreation activities. South Fulton is a great place to be and it really nurtured us as children.”

But there is certainly work to be done, added Rahim, which is where the nonprofit comes in.

“Georgia is not performing,” she said. “We have a large graduation dropout rate. In south Fulton, we are below average, performance-wise, with the rest of the area.”

Planting the seeds of possibility is crucial, Rahim said, because both she and her brother know how important it is to dream and also be prepared to fulfill those dreams.

“[Both Shareef and I] went to University of California Berkley,” she said. “What we found when we got there was that we were completely unprepared. It was a struggle for me.”

Thus far, the nonprofit seems to be making the intended impact.

Rahim said in the beginning, the nonprofit only served about 15 children but has grown to serving more than 2,500 children and their families.

Chief Operating Officer Shaunae Motley said this proof their work is important.

“We give each child unconditional love to instill them with the courage to stand out and succeed,” she said. “For the youth in this community, our work really matters.”

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