Future First Global

Future First seeks to champion the development of alumni associations in high schools, to mobilize former students of the school to engage with pupils as career role models and mentors, providers of work experience placements or facilitating extra-curricular activities in their former school.
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Future First  baseline study found that 78% of adults across Kenya  would be ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to go back to their old school and offer their expertise, but less than 1% have done so yet. The Future First Kenya model seeks to champion the development of alumni associations in Kenyan high schools to mobilize former students of the school to support current students, particularly around career choices. The program is molded from its successful UK sister program.

Future First Kenya has tapped into local networks to build a growing database of over X alumni. The program currently works with 15 schools of a diverse range including national, provincial, district and CBS’s. Whilst initiating in Nairobi, FF has included schools from low-income informal settlements, middle income suburbs and more rural regions of the county to demonstrate proof of concept.

The program connects alumni with their former schools to provide support in one or more of the following ways:

  • Career and educational role models for current students through participation in career assemblies and workshops.
  • Providers of work experience placements and internships for current students;
  • Advisers to the school's management team
  • Mentors and e-mentors to current students in the school, supporting them in both academic and career development;
  • Fundraisers and donors to the school;
  • Volunteers in extra-curricular activities such as reading clubs;

 

Alumni volunteer their services thus keeping the model low-cost. There is a plethora of ways for alumni to get involved at their old school depending upon their interests and capabilities. The range of benefits to be gained  by participating alumni is wider still. Future First works with schools to plan and deliver the most effective interventions to meet their students’ needs. Having grown up in the same area and perhaps having had some of the same teachers, former students can be ideal careers role models as they are instantly able to relate. They know and understand the local community and the school.

By changing young people's perception of what people with a similar education and childhood upbringing are capable of achieving, the program helps them to expect more from themselves. This reduces the impact of localized identities and stereotypes on educational attainment and self-perception, with the potential to increase both employability and life satisfaction. Future First’s definition of success is not limited to professional careers, but includes every former student who finds fulfillment in their jobs and further or higher education courses. In this manner the program seeks to inspire a generation about the world of work an educate young people about career and education opportunities in a 21st Century jobs market.

Future First’s approach represents a rare opportunity to take to global scale the idea of alumni enagagment. Alumni communities have existed for a long time and our approach seeks to use the alumni model in supporting the school-to-work transition.Changing the way that schools interact with their alumni communities and incorporating alumni events is school calender of events. At the moment we mobilize more alumni with little enagagment with the school.

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