Thanks to PCEF Donors, Park City's First Generation Students Have a Bright Future

Eduardo, a 10th grader at Park City High School, knows that there are many obstacles blocking his path to college.  This is a fact for many first generation students; nationally, only 11% graduate from college.  Eduardo, however, is going to be different.  He wants to be an architect so that he can have a better life for his friends and his family.  “I want to provide for the people who count on me.”  To help him get there, Eduardo has enrolled in the Bright Futures Program.  “A network of peers and a program like Bright Futures will make the difference for me” he says.

Bright Futures is a comprehensive multi-year program to teach first generation kids 'college-knowledge' and equip them with the skills to get to, and through, college. Kids, who are first in their families to brave the world of higher education, get to a college campus with little academic know-how and are much more likely than their peers to drop out before graduation. 

Bright Futures increases a student’s chance of entering and graduating college by building a peer-to-peer support system for kids in high school that continues to provide support to students while they are in college. Students enroll in spring semester of 9th grade. Bright Futures is open to any first generation student, and prepares students with non-academic tools such as self-advocacy, persistence, and problem-solving.

"Bright Futures came into my life just when I needed it," says PCHS Junior Sadie Ortiz. "Not only has Bright Futures made me realize what I am capable of, it has reassured me that my hard work will one day pay off.  I have found my voice as a minority, I will continue to break stereotypes, and I will be going to college because of Bright Futures."

Thank you for transforming a child's future!

Bright Futures is supported by PCEF and many community partners and individual donors who are investing in the future of these students and Park City. If you are interested in supporting this program please contact Abby McNulty at PCEF, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you may donate here.

Enjoy this video about Bright Futures!

Read the Park Record article.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Park City for their $50,000 Matching Gift to Bright Futures.

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Thank you to Zions Bank for their gift to Bright Futures.

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Thank you to the Westgate Foundation for their gift to Bright Futures.

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Thank you to the Park City Community Foundation for awarding their first ever Opportunity Grant to Bright Futures in 2016.

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Thanks to you, PCEF is able to fund nearly $400,000 in College and Career Readiness programs for the 2018-2019 school year! You help us go beyond what public education provides. 

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For a full list of current PCEF funded programs focusing on Career and College Readiness, please click here.

For a full list of all 2018 - 2019 PCEF funded programs, please click here.




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