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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: 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 guidance and support services with individualized program planning and one-on-one educational mentoring.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is an awesome nonprofit to volunteer for. They go to any lengths for these kids.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is the BEST!!! I am truly honored to be part of this amazing group and the beyond awesome work they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Seyril S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Jenn Seremetis J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BFF is doing amazing things every day. The children they support truly have their futures changed for the better by making education a priority. I love being a part of this organization- it is such a fun, positive place to be!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Foot Forward is a one of a kind organization, whose mission is to provide educational support and services to foster care children in Palm Beach County. Simply put, they give kids who are in foster care an opportunity, and fighting chance to succeed in school, and to become successful in life. I've been volunteering for BFF for two years now, and I'm still astounded at what they are able to do, what "their" kids are able to accomplish, and the amazing success stories that continue to come out of their program. What amazing work they do, and they do it with so much heart -- it's an awesome privilege to be able to be involved with Best Foot Forward.

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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 have experienced first hand over the past 8+ years of the wonderful work that BFF does to change the lives of foster kids in our community through education. They are truly amazing!!! The future of foster kids is bright because of them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

According to their website, The Best Foot Forward Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in Palm Beach County dedicated to the educational success of youth who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and have entered the foster care system. By empowering children in foster care, Best Foot Forward helps avoid the all-too-common negative outcomes many experience.

When you meet the two ladies that created this endeavor and you hear the stories of some of the foster kids they have provided guidance and assistance to, you realize that Best Foot Forward is so much more. They are the support system that these foster kids desperately need and crave. They are their extended family. Most times, they are the only family these kids can count on.

Without them, these foster kids would not have attained their high school diploma nor would they have ever dreamed they would be college students.

With them, these foster kids are able to dream and reach beyond the stars because they know they are valued individuals who are smart and can do anything.

Best Foot Forward is an amazing organization who is changing the lives of our foster care youth in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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

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.

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.