Programs

Building Futures Now (BFN) develops the academic and interpersonal potential of underserved students from East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park. We offer access to exceptional educational opportunities that build a solid foundation. By combining academic rigor, leadership development and long-term comprehensive support, we empower students with the academic and self-advocacy skills needed to thrive in high school, college and early career.

Building Futures Now Programs

Elementary: 4th 5th Grade Academic Preparation
Students prepare for the academic rigor of middle school while developing interpersonal skills that instill confidence in adapting to new educational environments and cultivating a personal sense of purpose. Students join a community of students and families who are supportive of a college bound future. Learn more…


Middle School: 6th-8th Grade Academic Advocacy
Students receive ongoing support from BFN’s Academic Advisors to maintain high academic standards and engage in meaningful extracurricular activities and summer learning experiences. Students attend retreats and skill-building workshops, which include exploration of self-identity and enrichment. Learn more…


High School: 9th-12th Grade High School Engagement and Leadership
BFN’s Academic Counselors help students navigate and engage in academics and extracurricular activities, while students continue to develop a personal sense of self through leadership retreats. Students explore potential career paths and engage in leadership, extracurricular and service opportunities while preparing for college. Learn more…


College: 13th+ College Transition and Engagement
BFN students will attend a college 101 boot camp the summer before college to help them transition to a new environment away from home. During their first year, students will check in with BFN Academic Counselors to discuss academic coursework as it relates to their major and possible career paths, their involvement in school groups/ extracurricular activities, and ongoing financial aid and support. Learn more…