Building Better Futures

Building Better Futures provides at-risk ESL (English as a Second Language) high school students with the support and services they need to succeed in school and beyond. Serving over 200 immigrant students at T.C. Williams High School's Minnie Howard and King Street campuses, the program aims to establish a pro-learning environment, cultivate leadership qualities, strengthen English skills, and increase the number of students entering college or vocational school. 

Occurring outside of school hours, the program includes:

  • Group and one-on-one tutoring
  • Mentoring and a variety of enriching activities, including participation in community service projects and team-building tasks
  • A focus on college preparation, including discussions about universities in the area, college tours, and assistance with college applications
  • Quarterly programs for parents of enrolled students

It works: participants regularly achieve marked improvements in behavior, attitude, and academic performance. Last year, 95 percent of Building Better Futures seniors graduated from high school and were accepted to colleges. 

Hours & Location

Building Better Futures takes place at T.C. Williams High School, at 3330 King Street in Alexandria. It occurs after school on Tuesdays through Thursdays, throughout the school year. 

Eligibility and Registration

The program serves students experiencing difficulty in school. Each year, participants from the prior year are given priority consideration before spaces are open to new students. A modest participation fee of $20 is requested for the year. 

Apply for the 2016-2017 school year here.


For more information, contact Dana Taylor, Building Better Futures Program Director, at