The Tool for Success Every Student Should Have

Jake Hayman wants to improve your social networks—and he doesn’t mean Facebook and Twitter. He believes that having access to successful role models can transform a student’s experience in school—and his or her future.

When it comes to social mobility, the United States and the United Kingdom are two of the worst countries in the developed world. Which means there’s a stronger correlation between the parents’ wealth and their child’s future prosperity. Despite good public education systems, many students find it difficult to make the transition from education to the world of work.

That’s what Hayman wants to change.

His organization, Future First, is dedicated to helping secondary schools build and maintain alumni networks as a resource for current students. Now active in more than 450 schools in the UK, Future First just launched in its first five schools in the United States.

In 2012, Open Society and Future First began exploring the potential for mobilizing alumni in other parts of the world. The resulting research, which looked at Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Ghana, and Kazakhstan, found that most graduates are willing to give back.

Find out more by watching our conversation with Jake Hayman above.

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very true and informative

Congratulations for the initiative.

Is there a captioned version of this video?

I would be most interested inthe research on public highschools in Brazil where I have been working. Would love to share some of my ideas and experiences with Future First and Open Society.

This is a good project. Here in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, I have done the same research study. I realized that graduates and role models want to help citizens with disabilities in enhancing their vocational education and indeed their welfare but there is no social network to stimulate this. We plan to use this social network for strategic advocacy on disability rights and impact litigation. Further, we plan to employ the social network to promote group thinking among citizens with disabilities living in circumstances of discrimination, isolation and inhuman exclusion to allow them to share their lived experiences and for their FUTURE. We have developed a concept paper but resources or finances are standing in between. I do not mind sharing our concept with you if and only if Future First is keen to partner us in mainstreaming disabilities here in the developing world

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