As our Scholars have felt the impacts of COVID-19 deeply, New Futures has pivoted and reimagined in order to meet new needs and emerging opportunities.


Advising Response

New Futures Advisors have pivoted seamlessly to virtual academic and career advising via Zoom, FaceTime, phone, and other methods. This signature advising is all the more critical as our Scholars navigate virtual coursework, financial disruptions, and a career landscape changed by COVID-19 and its economic crises.


Workshops and Events

We have reimagined the way we foster essential skills and open doors to new professional networks, recognizing that these are more critical than ever for our Scholars and Alumni. 

In 2020, New Futures offered two virtual workshops geared toward learning from home successfully, helping Scholars leverage this academic disruption and advocate for what they need.

We have reimagined our signature Career Launch Workshop as an eight-part series of web lecturettes and interactive virtual workshops. Scholars and Alumni have worked with dozens of volunteers from our Corporate Partners to finesse career development skills like interviewing, resume-writing, networking, and branding.

As we prepare to onboard our Fall 2021 Scholars, we are innovating ways to offer our traditional orientation, Ready, Set, Go! workshop, and Scholar Award Dinner virtually, yet meaningfully.


Scholar Emergency Fund

COVID-19’s economic impacts have drastically and disproportionately affected young people like New Futures Scholars, who have navigated lost jobs, cut shifts, sudden childcare changes, and uneven transitions to virtual learning.

In April 2020, New Futures established a Scholar Emergency Fund to offer micro-grants to our community to cover immediate basic needs like rent, utilities, and other necessities. We must help Scholars mitigate COVID-19’s financial disruptions so they can continue on the path to their dream careers. Thanks to the generous support of more than 100 donors, New Futures disbursed emergency funds totaling nearly $150,000 in 2020, with a pledge to continue offering these need-based grants throughout 2021.