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Building Futures Now

  • Building Futures Now
  • 1848 C Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA
  • East Palo Alto, CA 94303
  • 650-380-9038

Program Description

Our Vision

Building Futures Now believes that helping students attain a high quality education through college is the key to economic opportunity and becoming engaged and productive members of their community.

Our Mission

Building Futures Now develops the academic and interpersonal potential of underserved students, beginning in the critical elementary and middle school years, We offer access to exceptional educational opportunities and long-term comprehensive support to empower students with the academic and self-advocacy skills and persistence needed to thrive in high school, college and early career

How We're Different

Since our founding in 1982, Building Futures Now has worked with a broad range of students starting at the age of 8 and supported them through elementary school to college. We select those students who are motivated to work hard and improve. We balance enhancing academic skills with augmenting interpersonal skills that allow our students to advocate for themselves and take ownership of their learning. In addition, we offer programming to parents to support their children in their educational journey.

Success Stories

"What keeps me coming back to BFN is having extra help and support that I can't get by myself or at home. I also come back because they actually care for me and my future. They try to do everything that is best. I also come back because I need someone to guide and help me make good decisions for my future." - Michelle, BFN 7th grader

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 8%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 80%
  • Other: 1%
  • African American: 11%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 90
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%