What parents are saying about Young Futures . . .

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“To whom it may concern,

I think Young Futures is a great program. The classes give my daughter the opportunity to interact with other kids while creatively expressing herself. We’ve attended Yoga, African Mask Making, Coffee Mug Designs and Soap Making, just to name a few. 

I love the fact that it’s run by African American men and women. These men do an amazing job of making each child feel welcome and special. They’re not just teaching art class. They are inspiring, molding and teaching valuable life lessons to our children. Not every child receives that at home, but they can get it there.

 Thank you James & Matthew for all you do and continue to do for our children.”

—Jennifer Brownr

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“My mission and vision since 2011 has been to share yoga with the youth of Albany as a gateway to introducing schools, families and the wider community to this healing practice.

I am grateful to be joined by Young Futures Inc. in the work of uplifting people through personal empowerment.

As a Yoga Activist in the Capital District, I pay close attention to the environments and specific areas of our communities that would benefit from yoga offerings that are not yet in existence.

I was introduced to and supportive of Young futures starting in 2016, the addition of children’s yoga to their programming is awe inspiring and integral.  The offering being hosted at the African American Cultural Center, is brilliant! 

Our capacity to sense what will be beneficial and where to place it for maximum impact is a product of careful attention to community culture. Young Futures Inc. has a finger on the pulse of the community needs and continually evolves to provide programming that creatively meets those needs.

Introducing our young community members, to yoga, other healing arts and empowering practices…it’s a game changer!

Young futures is handing the keys to an empowered, uplifted, culture altering momentum in the Capital District through yoga and creative confidence building programs for our youth and families to engage in.”

— Nikki Rogers,
Yoga Activist
Lifted Vision, Community Yoga Servicesr

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“Hello Young Futures,

Young Futures is an amazing organization providing much needed opportunities and supports to youth and their families. The opportunities that are provided in underserved communities are limited, and the art programs that Young Futures facilitate are emotionally grounding and leaves children and families with coping skills to use in the future. 

Young Futures classes are unique because it includes the whole community as a whole. It felt so good to be working with youth and their families. Sharing my knowledge and also receiving so much from my community. I believe the City and schools would benefit from more activities by Young Futures, their programs provide opportunities for social and emotional development, financial literacy, a safe space and all around wellness.

Young Futures staff worked so well with each young person and their family. Young Futures staff work hard to keep everyone engaged and they invite learning and curiosity.  Young Futures does this on a weekly basis. I’m glad I was able to participate with the Young Futures program it allowed me to grow my skills as a facilitator and allowed me to share healing with my community. Thank you Young Futures”

— Theresa Ford, Theresa with Intention

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At Giffen Elementary School we recognize the value of strong partnerships with community organizations that offer opportunities to learn beyond our standard curriculum. With Young Futures’ Financial Literacy Art Program, we have been able to engage our 4th & 5th graders in concepts around responsible habits with money and planning for their futures – necessary knowledge for their successful development.

Amanda Boyd
Community School Site Coordinator
Giffen Memorial Elementary School

I was fortunate to take part in many of the Young Futures lessons this summer as a teacher in the Albany School District summer program. The content taught to the students was invaluable. Young Futures not only taught them about money management, but they got them thinking about their relationship with money and the future impact their positive or negative decisions can have. I hope one day my children are fortunate enough to take part in this wonderful program.

Kelly MacNabb
Special Education Teacher 
William S. Hackett Middle School

Young Futures is deeply embedded in a community that has not only developed the capacity to support itself but has also reached a stage where widespread external support is readily available.

In underserved communities, opportunities are often scarce. The yoga programs facilitated by Young Futures stand out as both desirable and innovative, offering essential practices such as meditation, mindfulness, and synchronized movement. These elements play a crucial role in the transformation and upliftment of the next generation.

What sets Young Futures classes apart is their inclusive nature. As a parent and yoga instructor, I have the privilege of contributing to the community while engaging in something I love. Being able to give back to the next generation, and involving my son in positive community opportunities, is a unique aspect of Young Futures.

Expanding Young Futures programs to more areas, including the city and schools, would bring numerous benefits. These programs not only offer opportunities for social development, movement through yoga, and economic lessons but also introduce therapeutic practices.

Tiana Taylor-Cowan
Nurse, Doula, Healer