Our mission is ending the cycle of domestic violence and abuse by providing workforce preparedness and professional development resources to abuse victims, survivors, and high risk individuals.
Everyone deserves the chance at a hopeful future. Where to start? Some might say education. While we believe this is a vital piece of the whole, for most people, economic independence is an even bigger issue. Employment during school, the ability to self-support when leaving and abuser or forming a young family can be foreign territory for many. Learning the necessary skills for moving up in the workforce is also important in the quest for a prosperous future. All of this requires a few key components such as, a good resume’, a cover letter, knowledge of the various types of interview processes, how to handle key issues once the job is secured, and the key to all of these individual pieces – Professionalism! The New Future Makers effort focuses on three particular groups of our human family who are in special need of making sure their old future doesn’t dominate their New Future!
Survivors of abuse and violence can look forward to a New Future! No more fear. No more obligation. No more guilt. The FOG* has cleared and the New Future is in view. The same can be true for those who find themselves in situations of unplanned teenage pregnancy. Planning to raise a baby on your own or as a young inexperienced couple will be full of FOG. Moments of looking into the future and seeing the poverty and dread that many experience sometimes results in the paralyzing fear and loss of confidence that can perpetuate the cycle of abuse in young families. Finally, aging out of the foster care system is a scary and lonely transition for many young people every day. Statistics show around 23,000 children each year age out of the foster care system. An estimated 70% of these young adults have the desire to attend college. But, only 6% of them will complete at least a 2 year degree. 52% are unemployed and 17% of females are pregnant. Clearly, situations with potentially foggy futures. These are the concerns Andere Foundation’s New Future Makers efforts seek to address.
Who Qualifies for Andere Programs?
Anyone who is a member of one of the following groups and is seeking to break the cycle of poverty, abuse, and violence by obtaining the necessary skills to become employable and economically independent members of a society that does not rely on abusers, expose children to abusers, become abusers, or become contributors to abusive situations in order to survive.
- Victims / Survivors of any sort of abuse who are trying to flee and/or rebuild their lives.
- Any resident of a homeless shelter who is working to re-build.
- Any child in the foster care system over the age of 16 who is preparing to ‘age out’.
- Teen parents or parents-to-be who are exemplary in conduct (i.e. working, going to school, caring for the baby, not relying only on parents)
- Formerly incarcerated individuals who are trying to rebuild honestly and break the cycle of violence and abuse.
How do I apply?
You need a community sponsor who can vouch for your level of need and dedication to change and progress. Once you have determined who your sponsor will be, ask them to write a letter of need to: Andere Foundation – Attn: (the program you would like to access). The letter must detail who they are, how the sponsor knows you and how they are participating with you in your process to rebuild or move forward in your life. The letter may preserve your privacy, of course, but must certify your need to our satisfaction in order to extend services. The letter must be on letterhead or come from an organization email address and include a phone number. We will verify the organization and reserve the right to call and speak with the sponsor directly.
Who may act as my community sponsor?
A community sponsor may be any of the following:
- Shelter coordinator
- Case worker
- Social worker
- Parole officer
- Law enforcement official
- Judge / Attorney
- Domestic violence advocate
Donors to the New Future Makers effort receive a recognition or logo placement on the DVD packaging as a sponsor of that particular generation of the resource, Professionalism: The Road to your New Future!. To participate anonymously, a donation may be made in any amount by choosing the donation button at the top of this page. Sponsorship donation is generally made in amounts of $50 and up. This base amount will guarantee distribution up to 500 individuals in your area. The logo or name of the donor will be listed with the other donors on the packaging. Look here >>>>>>>>>>>> for an example.
Your generosity is appreciated by all who will benefit immediately from the New Future Makers Professionalism program. More importantly, those who benefit in the long run may never know to appreciate your donation. But, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you took the time to step up and help a fellow human family member begin the process of building a New Future with potential generations of lasting benefits.
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*FOG – Fear, Obligation, and Guilt coined by Susan Forward & Donna Frazier in their book Emotional Blackmail.