Best Foot Forward is doing amazing work for the youth in our community! It really does change the lives of the children and young adults involved in the program!
Best Foot Forward has done so much for foster care children in our community. By helping these kids with their education, they have reached a 100% high school graduation success with also many successful college graduates for the foster kids in their program. It’s thrilling to be able to volunteer for BFF and amazing to see all the success they have had with foster kids.
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I had the opportunity to mentor one of the young men through BFF and still in contact with him. BFF is probably the very best non-profit I have ever been associated with. They are very dedicated to helping the young people within their programs. The leaders of BFF are clearly the most dedicated I have ever been involved with and the proof is in the success of the students they serve.
I've been volunteering with Best Foot Forward for a few years, & there are so many wonderful things to say about this organization.
The founders & the staff go above & beyond to help kids in foster care. They help those kids educationally, socially, & emotionally. Everything Best Foot Forward does is done with great care & love.
BFF’s mission is changing the lives of foster care youth every day! So proud of the work they do to break the cycle of abuse and neglect through education.
BFF goes above and beyond, year after year, to make sure foster care youth are afforded the same educational opportunities as their peers. Not even a pandemic can slow them down! Proud to support this amazing organization and the women that make it all happen.
Best Foot Forward does remarkable, life changing work with foster kids in Palm Beach County. They become the rock for the kids they support, often the only constant in their tumultuous lives. My experience with them has been absolutely fabulous and I look forward to continuing to help them help the kids!
Best Foot Forward changes lives every single day! I have heard so very many stories from the kids over the many years that I have been involved with BFF. From, BFF realizing one young man was going to drop out of college only because he needed contacts so they provided them, to kids saying BFF was their parent, to kids saying BFF was the only constant in their lives, to the many kids I’ve heard say they would never have graduated high school if it wasn’t for BFF.
How many organizations can say that 100% of the foster students they work with graduate from high school? It is a miracle created through the hard work and dedication of the entire team at BFF!
Debbie and Donna, all of the coaches, and all of the staff and volunteers have one goal, to help these kids be their best selves and they are accomplishing that every day!
I am SO very proud to be able to help this organization help these wonderful kids!
As a Board Member, I can reveal that BFF is an extremely effective and efficient non profit. Their impact on students in foster care is measurable and tangible.
While many non profits claim they "change lives", BFF's services will actually change generations by furthering the education of the children they serve. It's why I'm always so proud to say I'm on the Board of this amazing organization.
Best Foot Forward is the most impactful organization I've ever encountered. They deliver life changing services to foster youth, with truly tangible, measurable results.
Best Foot Forward has a crystal clear mission, a systematic, deliberate process and every dollar raised is spent in a responsible, thoughtful way. I am so proud to serve on the Best Foot Forward board and be such a small part of a group with such a big heart.
- Jenn Jager
Best Foot Forward is an AMAZING non-profit that supports children and foster care youth. BFF's primary focus is on educational achievement but it is also so much more. As a school guidance counselor, now retired, I saw the challenges that kids in foster care faced. There are so many financial, social, emotional, and educational hurdles that these children have to try to overcome everyday. The rapport and relationships the BFF staff and academic coaches have with these kids is instrumental in their success rate for high school and college graduation! I feel very fortunate to volunteer for such a dedicated group of caring professionals. A testament to their success is the high volunteer rate among the "graduates" of their program.
Best Foot Forward is one of the best organizations I have ever seen. Their efforts have positively impacted the lives of so many foster children who otherwise would have been lost in the system. They focus on the whole child and ensure their success emotionally as well as academically. I have never seen such a dedicated staff or group of volunteers. They are the best!!
I've been working with Best Foot Forward for almost 5 years now. BFF is one of a kind, as they are the only non-profit organization that exclusively offers educational support to foster kids in Palm Beach County. BFF gives students in foster care a real chance to succeed in school!
They work with kids in grades K-college and their kids have a 100% graduation rate from high school. Best Foot Forward is truly transforming the lives of foster care kids in our community and generations to come.
Best Foot Forward continues to change the lives of children in foster care in Palm Beach County. They are the one and only organization that provides foster care kids the educational support they need to succeed in school -- from kindergarten to college -- they've got these kids covered! It's a transformative program that is changing the lives for generations to come. Donna and Debbie, its co-founders, are the hardest working women you can find, with the biggest hearts ever. The BFF staff are truly dedicated, as are its volunteers. A wonderful organiztion to be involved with.
I met Donna, and then Debbie, the co-founders of this wonderful organization, aimed at helping kids in the foster care system succeed. In particular, one of their goals is to help kids who have aged out of foster care, which occurs at age 18. Their caring team has helped numerous kids achieve remarkable goals and BFF’s goal
Is to ultimately engage with all foster kids in Palm Beach County.
This organization truly helps kids of all ages. I’m amazed at every function that they do for the children. So many have been guided by professional people who help them with everything from school issues to how to make it in the world as an adult. The co-chairs cover it all!! I’m happy and proud to be a volunteer for Best Foot Forward!!
Best Foot Forward is a wonderful organization that really makes a difference in the lives of local students. Their staff is very friendly and accommodating. I have really enjoyed being a volunteer.
Best Foot Forward is dedicated to supporting our children in the Foster program. They go above and beyond in the time and effort they put into the program to help these kids. There aren't enough stars on this page to express my appreciation for the work they do!
They are a wonderful non profit organization that helps foster kids succeed in both school and life. It gives them a future that would not have been available without the help of BFF.
Best Foot Forward it's an outstanding organization whose focus is to provide educational advocacy for youth in foster care. BFF is dedicated to provide guidance and resources to ensure the kids succeed year after year. They are an amazing organization to work with!
Best Foot Forward works with students in Foster Care. They provide educational support for students of all ages to keep them on track for graduation. The founders and staff work hard to make sure students can be successful no matter their situation and go above and beyond whenever necessary!
Every day in every way Best Foot Forward is having a positive impact on the lives of foster youth in Palm Beach County. With 100% graduation rate, the evidence is clear. Our BFF programs, leadership team and staff, volunteers, and the continual support BFF provides, truly helps foster youth reach their full potential. It is an honor to be a board member with this incredible organization!
Best Foot Forward is nothing short of a miracle! After a 43 year career as a teacher and principal, I have seen the very best and worst of education. Even with the best of intentions, children who didn’t fit the mold fell through the cracks, especially those who were burdened by being in the foster system. A few years ago, I was given the privilege to work with Debbie Ellman and Donna DiBiasi as a tutor for BFF. These women perceived a need and began to fill an enormous gap for foster children by meeting their educational needs through tutoring, on-going communication with teachers, and by providing the tools necessary for success. Moreover, they became the nurturing family most of these students never had. Every birthday is remembered; every holiday is celebrated. These incredible women make a difference in the lives of hundreds of students each year. Best Foot Forward is nothing short of a miracle!
When I think about who is changing our world, I don’t have to think too long. Best Foot Forward is changing lives. They are giving students a chance where their chances have been slim. The entire community surrounds BFF, like BFF’s. I am honored and always humbled to do anything I can, whenever asked. From an idea to reality - what a concept!
BFF is truly a blessing to children in foster care. Debbie and Donna and their staff are committed to educating and coaching children to help them succeed in life and to encourage them to believe in themselves. It is a privilege to be a volunteer with this awesome organization.
LCross, The best non-profit area for supporting foster childern in our area. Debbie, Donna, Board members, staff and volunteers are making a positive impact on the lives of everyone they touch, every day.
Best Foot Forward is truly dedicated to improving the lives and the opportunities of foster children so that they can become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities. They have displayed a great deal of commitment in guiding and motivating others. Throughout our time as volunteers, Debbie, Donna and the entire staff of Best Foot Forward are always enthusiastic, always with a cheerful and upbeat attitude, and they have an infectious passion for making an everlasting impact in our community. They are a true inspiration and my family and I feel extremely fortunate and happy to be a part of the BFF family.
From the moment you walk in the door of Best Foot Forward , you feel like you are home ! Everyone is very welcoming and appreciative that you are volunteering your time ! The projects I’ve worked on are varied , but it’s a wonderful feeling to know you are making a difference in a child’s life ; whether it is gift wrapping their birthday present or putting together gift bags for a party . The organization is well thought out and run by beautiful women who are mothers and truly want to make a difference !
Good people doing wonderful things for children in need. Great organization that I'm proud to be a supporter of.
I never fail to be impressed with the genuine caring and support given to foster care kids by this organization. I've done some volunteer work for them and from the top down, everyone is kind, caring and grateful for any assistance. Their ultimate goal is to help kids with significant life challenges keep up with school work so that they can graduate and continue on to college. They are dedicated and hard working people with great hearts. I have nothing but respect for the group and their mission and look forward to volunteering with them for a long time.
I have been part of the Best Foot Forward volunteer community for over 5 years. My children participate in their activities as well. Truly magical what Debbie ; Donna and their caring staff have done to nurture and literally raise the bar for hundreds of very special children in our community. Amazing organization..
Best Foot Forward is an amazing organization. They go above and beyond. I’ve seen first hand how hard this organization works to ensure their kids succeed! Whether it’s tutoring, school supplies, daily essentials, or hands on coaching- their on-going efforts have changed (and continue to change) so many young peoples’ lives. It’s such a privilege to watch them at work!
BFF is the BEST!!! I am truly honored to be part of this amazing group and the beyond awesome work they do.
To try and write a short review of Best Foot Forward is beyond impossible. This foundation has changed the lives of so many foster children and given them not only incredible amounts of love but guidance and hope for a promising future. From elementary to high school and beyond, BFF is there every step of the way to assure they all keep their chins up, and always take the "best foot forward"
This charity is the real deal! I have followed them from the beginning. The founders are so dedicated to their mission of helping youth in foster care through education.
It is difficult to put in a few words what Best Foot Forward is doing in our local area. They are changing lives everyday. They say they work with children in foster care as it relates to their educational needs. I say it's not only their educational needs but their everything needs. Rarely do you find a charity that far exceeds expectations. I can speak first hand as a volunteer not only are they changing the lives of there kids but mine as well.
This is an awesome organization with a remarkable track record. All of the highschool students graduate and several have gone on to college. BFF treats all of the kids like family . Volunteer time is optimized.
This is an amazing organization. It is well run by two extraordinary women who inspire my enthusiasm to volunteer whenever they need me. I know other volunteers feel the same way. The children who are mentored by BFF are alway front and center in all that we do. The results are awesome and speak to the success of this exceptional nonprofit.
The is a phenomenal organization that does amazing work with foster children in Palm Beach County. The results speak for themselves, 100% of the children that Best Foot Forward has worked with have graduated from high school. They are currently working with over 200 children in support of their academic needs. They provide a consistency that most of these children have never experienced to support their educational and emotional needs.
Best Foot Forward is the most amazing organization that I have ever been a part of. I have been on the Board since its inception and have seen Donna and Debbie grow this organization into an incredibly loving organization that supports foster children through all of their educational needs. They help tutor these young people for their academics, but also teach them life skills often starting with such basics as looking someone in the eye when you talk, to skills such as organization, speaking to a group, and completing applications. The success that the organization has had (100% high school graduation rate) for all of the young people they support is nothing short of miraculous. This type of success is not experienced with even the best demographic group, much less children who have often not been given love and support from parents.
The stories of success directly from some of the kids who have gone on to college which they did not even dream to aspire to can tell the tale correctly. They are so grateful for the fact that Best Foot Forward support them and never gives up on them and allows them to dream of a better future.
Best foot forward is a foundation that provides opportunities and make dreams come true for kids in the foster care system. As a volunteer, I have seen and lived the impact that Best Foot Forward have on these children. I have seen the Commitment and Love that the Founders give with every step they make. I am proud to be part of this foundation.
I have been blessed to be able to be part of Best Foot Forward. I have volunteered in different capacities and I have been able to experience the difference they make on the kids they have in their group. This organization provides hope to those that at some point in their lives have felt hopeless, they help these kids to have a chance to a good future.
“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu
Best foot forward has established a Legacy!
This nonprofit not only does an amazing job for the kids in our community but also builds a sense of community between the volunteers that is amazing. I'm grateful to have joined this organization and all the goodness that it spreads.
Can you imagine being a foster child taken from the only home you know because your parent is not capable of parenting anymore? This organization wants these foster children to put their "Best Foot Forward". Thanks to BFF, these children now have direction. BFF provides educational and emotional support to foster children. This nonprofit is the only integrated organization of this kind of Palm Beach County. With over 100 participants in the program, they have a 100% high school graduation success rate. Please join us however you can. It takes a village.
Best foot forward is such an amazing organization!! I have been volunteering with them for years. Donna and Debbie are two extremely special woman with the biggest hearts.. The tutors and volunteers are the most loving & dedicated group that truly cares about the success of their students. I am grateful to have been introduced to BFF and to be a part of This wonderful organization.!
I have never met a group of people more dedicated to children than the women who work for and volunteer their time at Best Foot Forward. Debbie Ellman and Donna Biase and are loving, selfless, thoughtful, inspiring, kind, giving,devoted and caring women..... and the list goes on. They are truly wonderful and I feel fortunate to have met them several years ago. I love volunteering with BFF and no organization cares more about the well being and success of Foster Care Children then they do.
BFF is always on my list of charities of which to donate. As educational advocates to our local foster youth, they empower these children to become successful young adults. Best Foot Forward consistently shows real measurable progress in our local foster youth in grade school, middle school, high school and most impressively on in to college.
So many of kids in the foster care system slip throughout the cracks of the educational system due to the special challenges they face everyday. Best Foot Forward stands in the gap. They are a constant in these children’s ever changing stressful, chaotic life. They are offering them their hand…not a hand out.
I am a part time volunteer and have been nothing but impressed with this organization. BFF provides school supplies, they meet with teachers and counselors, providing tutors, teach organizational skills, provide emotional support and much more. That’s what they give.
The real story is in what they are getting back in return!
The children they are working with are being empowered. They are learning and taking an active role in their futures. They are moving ahead in grades and heading off to college. I am confident that both BFF and these students will make a great impact on our local community and our world.
I've been voluneteering at Best Foot Forward for a few years. It's amazing to see the pure passion and dedication to these children. These folks work tirelessly towards their mission to make sure every child gets the guidance and support needed to get an education. It's truly impressive to see these kids and how far they've come and what they've achieved because of this wonderful organization.
I’ve been volunteering at Best Foot Forward for the last 5 years. This amazing organization always puts the children in foster care first. Their priority is making sure every student graduates high school by giving them academic support and guidance . Many children in foster care do not finish high school Best Foot Forward is changing that sad statistic with 100% of Best Foot Forward kids graduating high school and many attending college!
Best Foot Forward is such a wonderful organization doing amazing work helping children in the foster care system. The assistance, support, and guidance they are providing to the children in foster care is truly making a difference in the lives of these kids. I am so proud to be a small part of this non-profit!
Best Foot Forward provides an incredible community service in South Florida where the focus is on providing academic, emotional, and nurturing assistance to foster care children who otherwise would not have the resources available to help them succeed in a world that is stereotypically an uphill battle filled with too many obstacles for them overcome. BFF provides a loving, safe and challenging environment for these children to soar beyond the limited expectations that their predetermined destiny predicts. BFF sees the potential in all of their children and helps them reach their maximum with an incredible support team that is led by 2 extraordinary women.
The founders of Best Foot Forward are truly angels on earth. They care so much about each and every child they help and have made huge differences in the lives of these foster children. They step in and do the job of mother/tutor/mentor that these children so desperately need. As a volunteer, I have personally seen how they have guided so many students to graduate high school and succeed in college. I have loved watching Best Foot Forward grow to include more and more students over the last several years and I am so proud to volunteer with this amazing group of people.
Best Foot Forward is making a difference in the lives of children in foster care. They provide material items such as backpacks and school supplies. But even more importantly they provide educational coaching/tutoring and stability to these children who are often overlooked.
As the special education coordinator at a Title I high school, I truly value and appreciate the support given by Best Foot Forward. The tutoring and attention they provide our students, makes my difficult job SO much easier and rewarding. Their connections with our school community is vital to the success of our most challenging learners. The impact they have is tremendous. The population they serve is the most needy and the BFF staff meets many of their needs. I am so grateful for their program!
Best Foot Foward is a wonderful organization that I am so honored to be a part of. Working in higher education I would often wonder what kids would do when they were not as fortunate to have the guidance and support of a caring adult who would guide them in preparing for college. By chance I found this organization and I knew immediately that I needed to become involved. BFF's mission is to guide foster care kids with educational support and guidance to help them achieve academic success. They support kids from the elementary school years all the way through their collegiate career. While doing this alone is such a wonderful mission, the team at BFF goes above and beyond to make sure that foster care kids have their basic needs met that we often take for granted. BFF has made a huge impact on our local community, but I strongly believe it is just a matter of time before this organization will make their impact on a national level.
Best Foot Forward is an impressive organization uniquely positioned to assist and care for foster children who would otherwise have no one to help them negotiate the educational system and many other aspects of life. They are a dedicated group of people whose unwavering support of these children of Palm Beach County are truly changing lives one child at a time.
Best Foot Forward is such an amazing and unique organization. I am proud to be a part of this organization that is so dedicated to the educational needs of foster children in our community. With BFF, these students have opportunities to reach their potential and break out of the foster care cycle. The tools that BFF gives these students are invaluable and the students learn to apply them to other aspects of their lives, not just school. It is amazing to watch as the students gain confidence and learn how to advocate for themselves! I look forward to being a part of Best Foot Forward for the foreseeable future!
I am very proud to support Best Foot Forward. Their program is unique and has immediate and lasting effects on children. I continue to be impressed with their efforts to impact more and more children in our community.
I am proud and honored to be on the board of the Best Foot Forward Foundation because of the outstanding academic support and guidance they provide to youth in foster care. As an educator for over 40 years, I know how important it is for children to be successful in school. Due to their turbulent lives, youth in foster care are often at a disadvantage in school. The Best Foot Forward Foundation provides Educational Advisors and tutors to assist these children, so they can gain the essential knowledge and skills they are missing to experience success.
Our Educational Advisors and tutors work in a myriad of ways to ensure that the foster care youth in our program are successful in school and reach their full potential. We currently work with elementary, middle, high school and college youth empowering them to lead productive lives. I know first-hand that every day in every way our organization is making a positive difference in the lives of the foster care youth we serve, which makes the Best Foot Forward Foundation a truly “GREAT” Nonprofit!
I am honored to be a volunteer for Best Foot Forward. They do so much for the children they assist, they give them a chance at an education they would otherwise have missed out on. Not only does BFF reach out to kids who are in the foster care system and help them with their academic successes, they will follow these kids once entered into the BFF program as they are moved from one foster home to another or group home to another or placed back with their parents and then removed again and through the most turbulent times of their lives....the BFF girls (Debbie and Donna) and their specific tutors that have been supporting these children will actually find where the kids were moved to and go there and bring their academic files so the new school who now these kids are placed with (it can be up to 4-5-6-7-8 moves in one year by the way) this school will now see this student as a PERSON with someone who cares and knows them and how to help them achieve academic success.
I am amazed how they do this, where anyone else just lets these kids slip through the cracks, with BFF once they are a student part of the program they are there for them all the way through graduation and now I've seen them even help these kids move into college and be there for them in a way we all would be for our own kids. These children have someone who will always and forever love and care about them unconditionally. That is Best Foot Forward, BFF.
I am honored and proud and in awe to be part of this organization that has changed the future path of these children into adulthood and also changed the paths of their future generations!
Kudos to Best Foot Forward Foundation!
Best Foot Forward is an incredible organization completely focused on supporting foster care children who, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in the most unfortunate situations. They have little to no guidance in school or their lives. They have become completely guarded because they trust no one. Once BFF comes into a child's life and trust is established, they begin to turn their attitude and their lives around. BFF have graduated 100% of their kids from high school and have helped enroll many into colleges. BFF gives these kids opportunities they otherwise would not have, giving them an opportunity to become productive citizens of our communities.