In 2016, the Future Fund awarded $15,000 each to two Northern Virginia nonprofits offering academic summer programs to low-income students entering grades K-6.  The winning organizations are as follows:

AHC, Inc., located in Arlington, VA

The Future Fund grant will support a six-week summer camp experience for up to 124 low-income students in grades K-5 living in AHC’s affordable housing communities in Arlington, VA.   “Many studies have shown that students – particularly low-income children and those learning English – lose critical learning skills over the summer,” says Jennifer Endo, AHC’s Director of Residence Services.  “The generous grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Future Fund will help AHC Inc.’s Summer Camp provide diverse learning opportunities for low-income children that will decrease students’ learning loss during the summer, as well as provide enriching and new experiences to foster a love of learning, build self-confidence, and help them succeed academically throughout the school year.”

Shelter House, Inc.,located in Fairfax, VA

This grant will support Shelter House in initiating academic and recreational summer programming for 70 school-aged students residing in its three homeless shelters in Fairfax County.  “Shelter House is very fortunate to partner with the Future Fund to provide structured summer activities for children who are homeless,” says Joe Meyer, Executive Director and CEO of Shelter House, Inc.  “This pilot program will engage the children in life skills that will help stop the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect.  Together, we can change the lives of many children caught in the cycle of homelessness.  Thank you to the Future Fund for caring about the children of our future.”