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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Our mission is to empower foster care youth to maximize their potential by providing essential academic support and guidance.

Results: We have a 100% high school graduation among many other impactful accomplishments.

Target demographics: Youth in foster care

Direct beneficiaries per year: Our students succeed in school, leading to success in life!

Geographic areas served: Palm Beach County

Programs: Academic support services, individualized educational mentoring.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Julie Lohr P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

BFF is doing amazing work giving students in foster care a brighter future!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5


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.

Seyril S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired and moved to Boca Raton I looked for a Nonprofit to which I could devote my time and perhaps my money as well. A friend referred me to Boca Helping Hands and I found my volunteer home. I identified fully with BFF's Mission and with the way the organization makes it's volunteers feel welcome and useful. No waiting around for something to do - when BFF says it needs you to do a certain tasks, that is what you do,either alone or in the company of other remarkable volunteers. The Directors - Debbie and Donna are amazing - passionate, organized, loving and so appreciative. The result is an Organization that exceeds its goals and makes a difference in the loves of the children that pass through BFF's programmes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed to cross paths with Best Foot Forward when my family and I relocated from Los Angeles to Boca Raton just one year ago. I have spent many years working with non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organizations, and I've never come across anything quite as amazing and impressive as BFF. They offer a niche to foster children that literally does not exist anywhere else, and is so unique and vitally important to the lives and future of children who are in the foster care system. Education is of the utmost importance for any child, and BFF provides the guidance and one-on-one resources to ensure that each and every child in their program will receive the help that they need to be successful in school. It's an honor to be affiliated with an organization that provides this amount of time, care and individual attention to its students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are an organization who is molding the children of the future. They are truly a blessing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Misty20

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization doing great things! I will continue to volunteer with BFF as much as possible.