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Meet James Mitchell

It is due to the ARPA program funded by the Albany For All initiative that James Mitchell, CEO of Young Futures, emerges as a beacon of entrepreneurial success. Young Futures, led by Mitchell, is dedicated to empowering young minds with financial literacy and leadership skills. Through the ARPA program, Mitchell secured funding for training, website, and a business credit card, propelling Young Futures to new heights.

The comprehensive program encompasses 35 fully-funded projects, including initiatives focused on fostering community spaces, creating workforce opportunities and supporting affordable housing and homeownership.


Embodying a vision of empowerment through education, creativity, and financial literacy, Young Futures stands as a beacon of opportunity for children in the Capital Region. With an unwavering commitment to providing free arts education, particularly for children from disenfranchised communities.

Young Futures recognizes the transformative power of both artistic expression and sound financial knowledge. Their innovative approach integrates kinesthetic learning into a ten-week financial education program, tailored for ages 7 to 14. This unique initiative aims to teach children both the principles of sound money management and to instill confidence and practical skills that will resonate throughout their lives. 

Young Futures goes beyond traditional educational boundaries, fostering a nurturing environment where every child is welcomed, valued, and inspired to explore their creativity and build a healthy relationship with money. 

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