On Thursday, February 16, former Executive Director of Philadelphia Futures, Joan Mazzotti, was honored for her exceptional 16 years of leadership and dedication.
Philadelphia Futures Board Member and Councilman-At-Large Allan Domb led the presentation of this resolution, which outlined Joan's impactful work. Under Joan's leadership, over 500 students have received their college degrees. An avid believer in educational equality, Joan has lived out her values at Philadelphia Futures every day.
During her comments, Joan Mazzotti stated, "For the last 16 years, I have been privileged to be the Executive Director of Philadelphia Futures. This has not, for one moment, been a job for me. It is my passion and, in many ways, it has defined me. We are known for the purposeful pursuit of our mission to provide low-income, first-generation-to-college Philadelphia students with the skills, opportunities and resources needed to be admitted to and succeed in college. We are resolute in helping our students reach their goal of a college degree and professional and personal success."
She continued, "Our results are strong and consistent. One hundred percent of our students graduate high school. Almost all attend college and our graduation rate is trending over 60% against this national rate of 11% of students living with families in the lowest economic quartile. But the true test of our strength of our organization is found in the success of our alums. In 2016, we surveyed our alums to evaluate the long-term outcomes of students who participated in the programs and as Councilman Allan Domb noted, the results exceeded our expectations."