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2022 Supercharged Gala

Futures Ignite’s 2022 Gala was held on May 18 at Capitale. We celebrated ten years of impact and honored Elaine Rocha, Chief Investment Officer at AIG, Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and Anthony (Tony) Curtis, Partner (retired) at PwC.

We’re here because we believe in the power of every young person. Through a whole-school model, we instill a future-forward mindset in NYC public school students to support them to propel their college and career futures. We believe all students deserve access to robust opportunities that set them up for success, and that by addressing racial justice, educational disparities, and climate justice, we can achieve the strongest impact.

From Friends of WHEELS to Futures Ignite

Our name has changed to reflect the expansion of our mission and work: we’re committed to supercharging student opportunities and ensuring BIPOC students in New York City have access to abundant resources and personalized counseling throughout high school and beyond. Our relationship to the school that founded our organization remains strong, and drives us to enhance our impact at WHEELS as we prepare to expand to other NYC public high schools in the coming years. 

Futures Ignite Announcement Video
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Learn more about our ambitious plan to supercharge student opportunities


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