Students visited the Challenger Learning Center to participate in a simulated space mission

A variety of career speakers, field trips, and DiscoveryLab classes in addition to mentoring and tutoring kept our UrbanFUTURE classrooms buzzing all month! From visiting the Challenger Learning Center, to performing under the bright lights at Rebel Rock, it was also a fun few weeks of accomplishments. 112 blue ribbons were earned by our students in their Study Island tutoring software this month! And as mentors continued to work on developing a love of reading with students, the Explore! Career classes crafted resumes and learned about networking. All good stuff! View photos of all of the February happenings here.

Speaking of accomplishments, we are beyond excited to announce that UrbanFUTURE has been selected to be the partner charity for this year's ThurtenE Carnival! Held on the Wash U campus, the ThurtenE Carnival is the oldest student-run carnival in the country, and is organized by members of ThurtenE Honorary at Washington University. Mark your calendars for this year's event, April 17-19th!

On February 21st, we once again had the honor of being a part of Saint Louis Priory's Rebel Rock Battle of the Bands. It was a full-scale concert event, complete with bright lights, professional sound and a big crowd. UrbanFUTURE students wowed the audience with their performances during halftime from the drum line, the step team and the music ensemble! It was an exciting opportunity to showcase our students' talents in a top notch venue. 

UF students on stage at Rebel Rock 2015

Lastly, coming up on March 17th is our 5th Annual March Magic Experience! Start out your St. Patrick's Day celebration with a night of NCAA Basketball madness, beer and appetizers, Irish music and festivities, and a chance to win some spectacular prizes, including sports memorabilia, vacations, and a trip on a private plane! Click here for more details and to register now.

Thank you again for your continued support of UrbanFUTURE. With your help, we will enrich, educate and enliven our urban youth, and lead them on a path to a career in tomorrow's workforce.


Frank Van Bree

Our Mission to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center

As February wrapped up, we welcomed a new group of volunteer DiscoveryLab teachers into the mix, with their new class offerings. One of our most popular classes is Journalism, where students are beginning to conduct interviews, take photos and compile stories. In addition to that, we now have over a third of UrbanFUTURE students at Fanning in a STEM class! At the end of the month, our students participated in a fun and enriching STEM field trip this month to the Challenger Learning Center. Over the course of several hours, students were assigned jobs and worked as a team to complete a simulated mission to Mars. It was an experience unlike any other we've had and UF students learned some very valuable lessons!

This month we welcomed career speaker Dan Fuller, the Volunteer Coordinator at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Our students were able to connect his job to Communication Arts and realized how important it is to be able to write and speak eloquently in order to convince the community to invest time and money to a cause. We also had the pleasure of hearing from Hannah Quernheim, who is an interior designer/architect at Quadrant Design. We learned all about floor plans and even created our own boards with blueprints, samples and design ideas. Very inspirational!

Volunteer Divya Kodali
Volunteer tutor Divya Kodali comes to us from Saint Louis University, where she is studying Pre-Med and is a new addition to our IMPACT Tutoring team.

Divya loves working directly with the kids, although she admits that holding their attention on their studies after they've already been in school all day can be a big challenge. But, she has found with positive reinforcement and by giving helpful feedback, she can reach and push the students she works with towards measurable success.

Thanks Divya, for giving your time to UrbanFUTURE. Your students appreciate your dedication and passion!

If you would like more information about tutoring students, contact Jennifer Davies at jennifer@urbanfuturestl.org
Career speaker John Risberg of Maritz

In addition to our wonderful volunteers from Webster University and the Washington University CHIMES Junior Honorary Society that we welcome every week, we now have a few new faces teaching our DiscoveryLab classes as well! Popular new classes include Chess and Archaeology - taught by Matthew Diamond and Thomas Gal. Our mentors continue their important work, and most recently began a lesson on self-control, where cooperation, patience and teamwork were discussed. The pairs did some balloon tossing exercises, and bonded together as teams to complete the tasks.

We had several very cool career speakers in February including Alisha Cooper, a speech language pathologist with the St. Louis Special School District. Ms. Cooper spoke about her career, what it entails, and the tools and strategies she uses to work with people who have speech impediments. UF students asked great questions about her work and everyday responsibilities. Longtime UF supporter John Risberg, a lawyer with Maritz, also paid us a visit! He talked about the different cases lawyers deal with and had students practice courtroom vocabulary. Mr. Risberg also had kids do a mock trial, which was a huge hit! Thank you to Ms. Cooper and Mr. Risberg for being so generous with your time!

Makaila on the recent field trip to the Challenger Learning Center

Meet Makaila Cooper! She is an 8th grader, and one of the select UrbanFUTURE students who participate in the YES (Youth Exploring Science) program at the St. Louis Science Center. Makaila is always excited to learn new science related things, and can't wait for her work to begin at the Science Center this Summer.

Makaila was recently paired with a mentor, and has begun developing that relationship. She always asks great questions during Explore! Careers class, and overall has a very positive attitude. Her career goal is to be a veterinarian, because she loves both science and animals.

Makaila recently performed with the Step Team at the Rebel Rock Battle of the Bands, and was a leader on the team, helping to coach the younger students and those struggling to learn the routine.

Way to go, Makaila!

If you would like more information on volunteering with UrbanFUTURE, contact jennifer@urbanfuturestl.org

6th grader Daniesha Shelton
Meet Daniesha Shelton

Daniesha Shelton is a 6th grader at Fanning Middle School, and this is her first year in UrbanFUTURE. She enjoys her DiscoveryLab Classes, including modern dance, fashion and cooking and has perfect attendance this school year!

She loves going on field trips, and says UrbanFUTURE has helped her improve her grades over the last few months. In her tutoring class, Daniesha has earned 5 Study Island blue ribbons over each of the last 2 weeks, which is quite an accomplishment! Her volunteer tutors Divya and Emily say she is an absolute pleasure to work with. 

Daniesha has applied to the Harambee Youth Training program this summer, where students get to practice work and life skills. She is a star student with a positive attitude, and has set a career goal to be a pediatrician. Keep up the hard work Daniesha, and you'll get there in no time!

Kindred Healthcare Career Speaker
We had the pleasure of welcoming back Kindred Healthcare Senior VP of HR Je'Mone Smith to speak to our students! This time, he chatted with a group of seniors at Carnahan High School of the Future, were he stressed education and hard work, maintaining your personal "brand" and how your "network will determine your net worth.

It was a fantastic experience for all involved, the students especially loved hearing about Je'Mone's early days as a professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles! To see photos and watch video of Je'Mone in action, visit our high school program page.

UrbanFUTURE High School Student Spotlight 
UrbanFUTURE senior Tiana Tolen

Tiana Tolen is a senior at Carnahan High School of The Future, and is passionate about STEM after participating in The Expo through UrbanFUTURE last May. Her interest in science and engineering came from watching her uncle build cars as a child. Tiana is a very hard working young lady, working 2 part-time jobs while maintaining her 2.9 GPA.

Tiana recently visited Ranken Technical College with her mother and UF High School Career Manager Anthony Lemons and applied for admission. She is also working towards a UF scholarship to Ranken! Tiana is interested in becoming a mechanic and fell in love with the facilities on campus during the tour. Well done, Tiana!

UrbanFUTURE High School Website
Visit www.urbanfuturehighschool.org for up to date information on all the happenings in our High School Program. Also follow us on Facebook and stay connected! 

UrbanFUTURE High School Career Manager,
Anthony Lemons, can be reached at anthony@urbanfuturestl.org or 314-309-2525.


The 5th Annual March Magic Experience

Don't miss the UrbanFUTURE 5th Annual March Magic Experience on Tuesday, March 17th at the Missouri Athletic Club Downtown. Begin your St. Patrick's Day celebrations with us at 5:30pm, as we auction off the top 64 NCAA Basketball teams with incredible prizes at stake! Your ticket includes unlimited beer, wine and appetizers as well as Irish festivities
and tons of fun and games. REGISTER NOW and don't miss any of the action!


1. Career Connector or Career Speaker
Allow UrbanFUTURE students to come to your workplace for a field trip, job shadow or internship. Or, visit one of our middle schools and speak to the class about your personal career path. You can also volunteer to teach a class to our students!
2. Mentor
Volunteer just one hour a week at our middle schools as a mentor, with a focus on literacy, goal setting and character development. Or, mentor a high school student and focus on career development. 

3. Tutor
Help UrbanFUTURE students excel in school by tutoring kids in either Communication Arts or Math. All students benefit from the personal attention and extra help.
4. Become an UrbanCHAMPION
Invest in our urban students and help level the playing field for underexposed kids. It costs $3,000 per year for us to provide the full UrbanFUTURE experience to each student. Please make a monetary tax deductible donation via our secure website - YOP tax credits are available!

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