Career & Post-Secondary Event – April 6, 2024


We want to welcome our older Littles, post-18 mentees, and their families to our first annual career and post-secondary event, Future Forward!

We invite you to take this opportunity to explore a variety of employers, career paths, post-secondary programs and community organizations. Hopefully, the range of organizations present will provide you with insights on different jobs and career opportunities, and help with the challenging task of deciding on your own career path. We encourage you to get in contact with new people and broaden your personal and professional network throughout the day.

Major areas of focus at this event include:

  • Employment
  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • GED Support
  • Job Shadowing Opportunities
  • College & Career Readiness
  • Certifications
  • Scholarships
  • Post-secondary Education & Training

This event includes a wide variety of breakout sessions, as well as community resources, food and beverages, free on-site haircuts for our mentees provided by Skinny’s Barber Shop, swag bags, and raffle prizes for our Littles and mentees.

We want to thank our sponsors, John Deere, Skinny’s Barber Shop, T-Mobile, Up Front Letterpress, and VIA 313 Pizza whose generous support helps make this event possible. We also want to thank all of the employers, post-secondary schools and programs, community organizations, BBBS partners and volunteers who are participating.

Let’s Build. Empower. Connect.



To make the most of this event, we have created several handouts that we encourage you to download and review before Future Forward begins:


After checking in at the Future Forward registration tables and picking up a welcome packet and event materials, mentees and their families can visit the breakout sessions of their choice. Participants are welcome to drop in to receive support. These breakout sessions will be offered throughout the duration of the event.

sessions include:

  • Resumes: One-on-one work building and editing resumes.
  • Making the Most of LinkedIn: Discussion of the benefits of LinkedIn, best practices, and how to set up profiles to attract employers.
  • College Readiness: What it means to be ready for college and how to be prepared academically and personally.
  • Study Tips: How to develop study habits that can help you stay on top of your coursework and study more efficiently and effectively.
  • FAFSA and Apply Texas: Support setting up FAFSA and Apply Texas accounts, answering questions, and developing next steps with the college enrollment process.
  • Career Exploration: How to begin figuring out potential majors and career tracks that are the best fit for you.


  • ACC Continuing Education – Trades
  • Amazon Web Services
  • American Youthworks
  • Austin Career Institute
  • Austin Community College
  • Austin Fire Department
  • Austin INFINITI
  • Austin Travis County EMS
  • Capital IDEA
  • Climate Control Solutions
  • College Contact
  • Dream Come True Foundation
  • Dress for Success Austin
  • E4Youth
  • First Texas Honda
  • Foundation Communities
  • Goodwill Central Texas WIOA
  • Google
  • Home Builders Association
  • IMPACT Barber Academy
  • John Deere
  • Lifeworks
  • Park University
  • PelotonU
  • Skillpoint Alliance
  • The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University
  • The College of Healthcare Professions
  • The Excel Center
  • Urban Roots
  • Workforce Solutions Capital Area
  • Your Ticket to College


Mentees will have the opportunity to participate in a free raffle! We will be raffling off Chromebooks, a clipper set and haircut by Skinny’s Barber Shop, gift cards from HEB and Amazon, and more prizes to come. Winners will be chosen and notified at the end of the event!



Big Futures Instagram Page


Future Forward LinkedIn Group

Future Forward CTX


Please contact Christina Eisenlord at or Jade Lopez at