Alumni - Future First

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Future First helps schools harness the experiences and skills of their former students.

Future First’s vision is that every school should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community. Our programme provides the infrastructure and expertise that make establishing these communities easy and inexpensive.

At the heart of our programme is a database management system, combined with email/SMS outreach. We work with every Future First school and college to collect contact details of leavers, as well as re-establishing connections with more distant graduates. We have developed a flexible timeline to guide schools and colleges through the year, working with them to track the destinations and progressions of their alumni, keep them engaged through regular newsletters, emails and SMS messages, and encourage them to offer their support.

Alumni can offer invaluable support in a range of ways, for example as career and educational role models, mentors/e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, or even fundraisers or donors. Further details on each of these can be found below.



Career and Educational Role Models:

Alumni in jobs or higher education can be inspiring role models for current students, introducing them to some of the different opportunities available to them, helping to build their confidence and make decisions about their own paths. Future First can support schools and colleges in a number of ways, either by organising and facilitating assemblies or workshops for them, or by providing lessons plans and network-building resources for them to do so themselves.



Individual and small-group mentoring can allow students to learn from people like them, who have experience of the paths they are interested in. Mentors/e-mentors can provide an insight into both higher education and specific job sectors, as well as guiding students through decision-making and motivational issues. Future First will help support schools and colleges in matching alumni with current students, and provide resources on how to get the most out of the relationship. We have recently launched a secure e-mentoring platform in collaboration with the Brightside Trust, which allows alumni to give back, even if they’ve moved away from the area.


Work Experience:

Locating high quality work experience placements is often a challenge for schools and colleges. Future First can ask alumni whether they would be able to provide work experience, work shadowing or internship opportunities to young people from their former schools, as well as lesson plans for alumni events on how to get the most out of these opportunities.



Many private schools and universities have been successfully mobilising alumni as donors for years.  Our research shows that graduates of state schools and colleges are no less likely to give back but, to date, their old schools and colleges haven’t been as good at asking. Future First can support you in developing an infrastructure to raise funds for projects such as new sports facilities, or school trips, via donations or fundraising activities.



Schools and colleges often seek the help of volunteers to help with reading and breakfast clubs, trips, course support and more. Parents tend to be great volunteers and we believe that alumni can be too. Future First can send communications out to alumni to request volunteers at any time in the year and will provide resources on how to get the most out of them.



School and college management may benefit from the view of a former student who has first-hand experience of education in that environment, especially when planning major developments or dealing with difficult issues.

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