Our highlight of the week was attending the Foundation Communities 2017 Free Minds graduation ceremony. Foundation Communities is one-of-a-kind organization which provides affordable housing and wide array of services to help families succeed. These services include safe and affordable housing, year-round educational programs from ages three to adulthood including after school tutoring, ESL and college admissions support. Financial programs are also available including free tax preparation and financial coaching, and health programs include healthcare, nutrition and physical activities.
Free Minds is a Foundations Community program offering a year-long college program in the humanities to adults with low to moderate incomes, including free tuition, books and enriching childcare while encouraging intergenerational learning. Foundation Communities partners with Austin Community College, The University of Texas at Austin and other organizations to offer this amazing program. After graduating from Free Minds, 77% of graduates went on to continue their higher education, and 90% say the program had a positive impact on their children.
Congrats to the 2017 grads! We are proud of you.