Hareth served as an outreach intern at Edu-Futuro in Summer of 2011, and volunteered with the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). Currently, Hareth attends the Northern Virginia Community College of Alexandria where she is working on an associate’s degree in science. She plans to transfer to a four year college where she will pursue a master’s degree in civil engineering. She is a full time activist and enjoys free-lance illustration as well as photography. Hareth is also a graduate of Edu-Futuro’s Emerging Leaders Program.
Eduardo (Eddie) Ayala
Eddie interned at Edu-Futuro during the Spring of 2011 during his last semester at The George Washington University, where he majored in International Affairs, Spanish, and Latin American Language & Literature. During his time at Edu-Futuro, Eddie helped start and develop the organization’s social media presence, and was an intergral part in planning the annual fundraiser, Celebrating Families: Fathers Matter. Eddie cherished his time with Edu-Futuro, as it has helped him cherish not only his personal background but the importance of understanding our diversity as an immigrant community. The experience has helped him mature in many ways and given him the drive to continue involving himself in helping to address the needs of the Hispanic community in the US.
Alejandra (Ale) Barrio
Ale interned at Edu-Futuro during her final semester as a senior at the George Washington University, where she double-majored in Philosophy and Political Science. Although Ale’s duties centered on researching potential funding sources and drafting grant proposals, her assistance in the organization’s administrative needs exposed her to the intricacies of non-profit management and introduced her to the unique individuals who are supported by Edu-Futuro. Ale’s involvement with Edu-Futuro fueled her passion for public service and sparked her interest in educational equity, which she continues to pursue through her current position as an Education Policy Specialist for English Language Learners. By exposing her to community leaders, professional development opportunities, and a network of volunteers, Edu-Futuro also gave Ale the tools by which to channel these interests and continues to be a helpful resource in developing her career path. Although she is no longer an intern, Ale continues her involvement with Edu-Futuro as a volunteer.
After returning from a six-month stint in Quito, Ecuador, Prarthana took on the role of the communications and marketing intern at Edu-Futuro in June 2011, and was an integral part of publicity and community outreach for the Escuela Bolivia and Emerging Leaders programs. Her main project was the development of the new website and database system. Prarthana graduated from the University of Mary Washington in spring 2012 with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Business Spanish. She is now the Executive Assistant at Adhikaar, a New York-based nonprofit that works with Nepali-speaking communities to promote human rights and social justice for all.
Oswaldo (Ozzy) Martinez
Ozzy interned with Edu-Futuro in the summer of 2011 by supporting the implementation of the Emerging Leaders Program and publicity for the organization. Ozzy graduated from Washington Lee High School in June 2012 and is a graduate of both ELP I and ELP II. Originally from Mexico City, he has spent the last 7 years of his life calling Arlington, VA home. While he loves everything that Arlington has given to him, he is still attached to his Mexican roots; he especially identifies with his Mexican ancestors’ dedication to fighting for liberty. Ozzy is a student at Northern Virginia Community College. In his spare time, he enjoys taking photos and listening to music. His favorite scenery to photograph is urban, mainly graffiti and murals because it represents the artistic expressions in cities.
Clarissa (Chloe) Profant
Chloe worked for Edu-Futuro in the Fall of 2011 while she was completing her last semester at The George Washington University. She received her undergraduate degree in Latin American Hemispheric Studies. Chloe enjoyed working for Edu-Futuro as their marketing and communications intern because it gave her an administrative perspective of non-profit work. She felt the best part about working for Edu-Futuro was being around the dedicated people who were committed to making educational achievement possible for underprivileged youth. She is currently becoming an integral part of the artist community in Denver, Colorado and aspires to become a successful artist.
Alexander (Alex) Veliz
Alex began work with Edu-Futuro in Summer of 2012 as a Public Relations Assistant, aiding the organization with overall community outreach and publicity. A key factor in his internship was capturing and sharing the stories of our students, mentors, families, and volunteers using video, pictures, and interviews to post on our website, social media sites, and YouTube channel. Alex is a senior at the George Washington University pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Born and raised in Arlington, he is enthusiastic about helping the local community and is thrilled to have been a part of the Edu-Futuro team.