This article first appeared in the 2022 It Takes A Valley Campaign Impact Report.
Empowering Local Students
My Future Pathways‘ new program provides mentorship and financial aid to students interested in studying a trade at CMU Tech, a partner of Colorado Mesa University, empowering them to contribute to the community’s growth. My Future Pathways (MFP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting underserved youth and families in Eagle County.
Opening Pathways to Trade Careers
Donations and financial support from Vail Health’s Eagle Valley Behavioral Health cover the cost of school tuition, room, and board, which varies depending on the trade. Currently, four students are involved in the program; two are training to become car mechanics, one is studying to become a welder, and one just graduated as an electrician and is now employed at a local company in Eagle County.
MFP aims to expand the program to accommodate 20 students annually. “You don’t need to be a 4.0 student to be considered, but there has to be some academic potential, financial need, and character,” explains Bratzo Horruitiner, Executive Director of My Future Pathways. “We’re committed to helping these kids overcome personal struggles.”
The program is exploring partnerships with local employers who may share the cost of scholarships in exchange for a commitment from students to work for their businesses.