Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely
Community Mayor of Harlem
Ambassador of Goodwill to Africa
The New Future Foundation was founded in 1969 by Miss Delois Blakely, a nun of ten years who left the convent so she could relate more directly to the problems of less fortunate children. New Future Foundation offers an opportunity for its youths from multi-ethnic and multi-economic backgrounds to understand and share their own backgrounds and explore the backgrounds of others. It attempts to develop a strong sense of identity in each child while the child is meeting, associating and appreciating children from all areas of life. The Foundation’s initial activities consisted of summer programs in 1969 and 1970. The summer programs at that time provided participating youngsters with trips to the country, ice skating, fishing, educational field trips, and professional guidance through classes in sketching, sculpturing, creative poetry, reading and writing. They also met foreign dignitaries, observed a real “pow wow” that took place at the Shennecock Indian reservation, went fishing in Prospect Park, and had a fish fry, hiked, and rode horses. The New Future Foundation program, which provided 300 New York City youngsters with enlightened education in what is termed “multi-sensory development activities” and “street education,” also provided constructive outlets and work-based salaries for at least 90 concerned high school and college students throughout the New York City area.
Today New Future Foundation is a NGO, Private Volunteer Organization/Non Government Organization with consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The foundations activities are still largely related to youth as we endeavor to expose youth and young professionals to international affairs and entrepreneurship. The current activities of New Future Foundation revolve around the innovation of its young leadership who are officers and members of the board. The young professionals are working with the United Nations, international agencies and the private sector initiating domestic and international projects and programs to increase the quality of health, access to education, and sustainable business and economic development.