Mission: The mission of the Fulfillment Fund, established in 1977, is to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities.
Programs: High school program: 9th 12th grade students attending fulfillment fund partner schools receive classroom-based instruction, one-on-one college and financial aid counseling, sat preparation, college site visits and experiential learning activities. Our programs open young peoples eyes to the possibility of higher education, and change their beliefs about what they are capable of achieving. The lessons of the fulfillment fund high school classroom curriculum are focused on five themes: high school graduation, self-advocacy and empowerment, influences of culture on decision-making, self-assessment and critical reflection, and college readiness. During the 2012-13 academic year, the fulfillment fund extended its high school program to serve more than 600 students attending two high schools in economically underresourced communities in clark county, nevada. This program is now incorporated as fulfillment fund las vegas, an independent nonprofit organization.
mentoring program: the fulfillment fund matches students with a caring, committed adult mentor volunteer who provides one-on-one support and guidance on the students path to high school graduation and transition to college. The fulfillment fund provides in-depth training to all mentors, as well as ongoing support to each mentor-student team.
post-secondary services: fulfillment fund students matriculating to college are eligible to compete for fulfillment fund college scholarships. As students progress through college, the fulfillment fund scholarship program provides tuition support and guidance in directing students to academic, career and workforce training services at their college so they can complete their degree and embark on a professional career. As they graduate from college, fulfillment fund alumni are encouraged to support the organization and the next generation of students by becoming donors, mentors, volunteers and ambassadors. In this way, the work of the fulfillment fund perpetuates a cycle of giving in the community.
I have been with the Fund for over 20 years. I started as a scholar through junior high and high school and scholarship recipient in college and continued working with the fund as a volunteer and now as a donor/sponsor. I have continued with the Fund because it fulfills the promise that through education one can accomplish many things that would not have been possible otherwise. Now as a psychologist and working with an underserved population I am appreciating even more how much the Fund did for me; exposure to new things and environments as well as the freedom to dream beyond my limitations and make those dreams a reality.