FUTUROS

Center Delegates to Lideres Summit 2014

The Center for Latino Progress has formalized its youth programming under the FUTUROS name. FUTUROS combines curriculums, services, STEM (bike mechanics), and activities that provide youth with a well-rounded foundation and view of what it means to be prepared to enter the workforce, as well as focus and embark on a college experience. It includes cultural exploration to ensure youth broaden their interests and skill sets in order to facilitate success no matter which path they choose.

Learn about the program highlights by watching these videos:

“What Did You Do This Summer”

“The Youth and You: Fostering Skills for Community’s Future”

FUTUROS includes BiCi Co.’s Earn A Bike program.

Program Description & Expertise

A multi-class bicycle course for youth and teens between ages 14 and 19. Class sizes will be between 8-12 youth and include:

  • Classroom instruction
    • Bicycling science, physics, and engineering concepts. Environmental impact of transportation.
    • Safe and confident cycling – Curriculum for youth from the League of American Cyclists
    • Hartford bicycle history – Albert Pope and the Columbia Bicycle Company
    • Cultural significance and bike culture in the Latino community
  • Basic bicycle repair skills – Change a flat tire, lubrication, brake adjustment, ABC Quick Check
  • Parking lot bicycle skill drills – Handling, stopping, avoidance maneuvers

FUTUROS encompasses research-based programs and our community assessment of our youth needs. The scope of services may include effective evidence-based curriculums such provided by both NCLR’s ESCALERA program, Capital Workforce Partners’ Career Competencies and Crear Futuros from Hispanic Federation.

FUTUROS participants are part of the Líderes Network. This network operates at a national level and link 6,000 young leaders in 39 states. They will meet at the NCLR Conference in Orlando, Florida 2016.

FUTUROS targets youth who face obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from being able to achieve their life goals, such as having a limited proficiency in English, coming from a working poor family, previous poor academic performance, being the first in the family to attend college, and having juvenile records or issues with legalization status.

The program has a Module-Based curriculum focused on:

  • Self-Knowledge
  • Career Interest
  • College-Going
  • Check Yourself
  • College Search
  • Office Etiquette
  • Preparing for an Interview
  • College Visits
  • Effective Presentations
  • Internship Support
  • Digital Responsibility
  • Technology 101
  • Resume Development
  • College Student Panel
  • Self-Knowledge 2

The Capital Workforce Partners’ Career Competencies curriculum emphasizes:

  • Basic Skills: Math and Reading
  • Computer Literacy
  • Customer Service
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Personal Qualities
  • Job Seeking
  • Financial Literacy

After School Program

After school youth programming aims to provide juniors and seniors meaningful exposure to the private sector workplace through initiatives such as: career exploration days, job shadowing opportunities, field trips and company tours, internships and pre-apprenticeships, and job readiness/career competency training. Learn more

Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program

It provides intensive skills training, career exploration, and job readiness opportunities to youth, empowering them to overcome destructive cycles of poverty and experience future success in the workforce.

The SYELP is a tier structured 5-6 week, summer “work and learn” experience in July and August designed for students between 8th – 12th grades. Students are trained using the Capital Workforce Partners Career Competencies System.

  • Tier I – Career exploration and skills building activities for ages 14 to 15. Participants receive a stipend.
  • Tier II – Career competency development and worksite experience for ages 15 to 17. Participants received hourly wages.
  • Tier III – Career competency development through real-world experiences for ages 17 to 19. Participants will receive hourly wages.

Apply here for SYELP Hartford Youth

Apply here for SYELP other towns

See more at: http://capitalworkforce.org/


  • According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the national high school completion rate for Hispanics is 73%. To date, 88% of students who have enrolled in the Escalera Program have successfully completed the program and graduated from high school.
  • According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 44% of Hispanic high school graduates were attending college. To date, 87% of Escalera Program graduates have chosen a path to upward economic mobility by enrolling in postsecondary institutions. Escalera graduates are persisting in college past year one at an average rate of 89%.
  • The 2011 graduating cohort of the Escalera Program earned a combined total of $779,675 in scholarships.
  • Escalera was recognized as a “Best Practice” in the Winter 2007 issue of Corporate Philanthropist.