Why Future G?

A Track Record of Success

In 2013, we founded Young Hacks Academy to introduce kids to computer science in a meaningful way. Whether a student was new to programming or an experienced coder, YHA challenged her to create video games about critical issues impacting our local and global community. The formula was simple: Learn new digital tools. Develop creative ideas as a team. Present work to others. Improve the world we live in.

In 2019, we moved on from YHA to form a new non-profit organization, Future Genius, with expanded goals of environmental and political literacy. With Future G, the focus shifts to offering affordable summer enrichment that concentrates on 21st century sustainability education and stewardship.

Through exploration of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including ending poverty, fighting inequality, and tackling climate change, Future Genius leadership programs activate youth to become agents of change—future leaders and problem-solvers—energized to transform the planet.

Activating the imagination of the Sustainability Generation

“The main goal of education would be to give future generations tools for thinking and seeing the world differently, constructing their own world views, and acting to create a sustainable future.”
~ Erkka Laininen

An Urgent Cause

It’s not a secret that today’s youth will grow up to be the leaders and problem solvers of tomorrow. That’s why our society puts such great emphasis on providing children with a strong education that will prepare them for college and career aspirations. However, the traditional liberal arts focus at many schools often comes up short in one important area: sustainability education.

Now, perhaps more than at any time in history, it is critical to provide students with an understanding of the impact that they can have as stewards for the world around us.Through an exploration of the Global Goals, each Future Genius program represents an opportunity for young people to become agents for change, developing powerful 21st century sustainability skills while learning about a discipline that interests them.

What are the 21st Century Sustainability Skills?

The skills that today’s youth need to navigate a pathway to a sustainable future:

  • Cognitive (Problem-solving, critical thinking, future thinking)
  • Environmental (Ecological literacy, reduce/reuse/recycle, stewardship)
  • Social (Communication, teamwork, public speaking)
  • Technological (Computational thinking, digital literacy, research)

Whether its technology, science, art, or politics, Future G offers a path toward sustainability leadership for every student. As children learn the topics and skills that interest them, they also engage with their peers to tackle real world challenges that have a global impact. At Future G, our goal is simple: empower youth to step into their role as future leaders today.

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“Thank you so much for a great experience for our daughter! A great blend of fun and “real world” skill building. She can’t wait for next year!”

~ Tara K, Porter Corners, NY

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