2013 WPS Volunteer Award Winner has Phuture Phoenix Connections: Diana Delbecchi
Diana Delbecchi, advisor for afterschool program called FLITE which is sponsored by Phuture Phoenix, was honored in the Green Bay Volunteer in Education category of the WPS Volunteer Awards!
2012 Great Lakes Community Investment Grant
Phuture Phoenix was selected in early 2012 to receive a substantial grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation that allowed the program to support disadvantaged students in four main areas.
- Academic tutoring\mentoring in partner middle and high schools
- After school tutoring pilot at West High School in Green Bay
- ACT test prep pilot at West High School in Green Bay
- Support and information for parents in getting thier children academically ready to pursue a higher education
The grant efforts served over 900 middle and high school students. Phuture Phoenix tutors helped them complete over 4200 homework assignments in the course of a year. This collaborative grant award had significant positive impact on many students in Northeast Wisconsin.
2012 Mayor of Green Bay declares Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Phuture Phoenix Day
Green Bay mayor Jim Schmitt issued a proclamation officially declaring October 9, 2012 as Phuture Phoenix Day in recognition of UW-Green Bay's signature program that raises college aspirations for students from low-income schools.
For more information please see the proclamation.
Replication of Phuture Phoenix
Phuture Phoenix has been successfully replicated at two institutions of higher education. The first was the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, called BluGold Beginnings. This project was conducted as a part of the Wisconsin College Access Challenge Grant sponsored in part by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. In May of 2010, over 1,000 5th graders participated in the campus field trip day at UW-Eau Claire.
In 2010, Phuture Phoenix was transported to Western Washington University by Cyndie Shepard, co-founder of Phuture Phoenix. The program is called Compass2Campus in Bellingham, WA and continues to serve high-risk students building college awareness in the state of Washington.
Also in 2010, Phuture Phoenix received another Wisconsin College Access Challenge Grant sponsored in part by Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to replicate the program at a third site, Silver Lake College, in Manitowoc, WI.
2009 Wisconsin College Access Challenge Grant
Phuture Phoenix was selected in spring of 2009 for replication on another college campus through funding provided by the Wisconsin College Access Challenge Grant and the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was selected as the recipient of funding to expand pre-college awareness programs on its campus. UW-Eau Claire’s program, Blugold Beginnings, will replicate the successful Phuture Phoenix program to encourage young at-risk students to pursue higher education.
2008 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Program of Distinction
In the fall of 2008, Phuture Phoenix was recognized as a Wisconsin Program of Distinction by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction PK-16 Leadership Council. This honor recognizes Phuture Phoenix as a model program for the state of Wisconsin and others as a means to improve attendance and academic achievement for students in Northeast Wisconsin. The award was presented on October 15, 2008 in Madison, WI at the Wisconsin PK-16 Leadership Council Meeting.
2007 Wisconsin Higher Education Day Award
Presented by the Wisconsin Secretary of State, this award acknowledges Phuture Phoenix for leadership in promoting higher education in Wisconsin. It was presented by Wisconsin, Secretary of State, Doug La Follette on October 9, 2007, Phuture Phoenix Field Trip Day at the University of Wisconsin –Green Bay.
2004 Ann Lydecker Diversity in Education Award
Presented by the Wisconsin State Council on Affirmative Action, this award recognizes Phuture Phoenix for excellence, resourcefulness and innovation in advancing diversity in the state. Phuture Phoenix was the first organization to be awarded this distinguished honor, now presented annually across the state.