Programs

Addressing a Need
Future for KIDS prides itself on our commitment to creating a brighter future for youth who face adversity. Future for KIDS programming is designed as a supportive community program for elementary and middle school-aged youth who live in low-income communities in Maricopa County and have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs consist of emotional or physical trauma that takes place before the age of 18 including all forms of abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction.  Two in five children in Arizona experience one or more ACEs in their lifetime (2014 Child Trends). 

Population Served
All youth served by Future for KIDS programming face 3 or more ACEs; Arizona has one of the highest rates for this level of toxic stress among youth (15% compared to the national average, 11%) (2014 Child Trends).  Research suggests that experiencing ACEs increases one’s risk for poor mental and physical health, less successful in school and work throughout one’s life.

Effective Approach
Mentorship, and providing youth with “stable, nurturing relationships” are a top-rated approach to reduce the risks associated with experiencing ACEs (Phoenix Children’s Hospital).Volunteer1 Collage

Future for KIDS’ FREE out-of-school time programs inspire youth
(ages 8-14) 
through our three core-pillars:

Academics | Athletics | Ethics

Our curriculum is intentionally designed for youth to develop socially and emotionally, learning coping mechanisms and self-regulation:  Mentors model healthy interactions, and encourage cooperation and exploration of feelings and motivations; youth develop self-confidence and explore self-expression; youth engage in hands on learning and problem solving skills, which promote participants to move ahead and excel in all areas of education.

Our Programs Include:

Discover Your Future

LEAD

Out-of-School time enrichment program,
offered 2 hours, once a week at 10 locations
for youth in grades 3-6

Leaders Embrace Knowledge Achieve Goals Dream Big
Out-of-School time leadership development program for youth in 7th & 8th grades

Sports & Fitness Camps

Summer Program

Large-scale fitness camps offered three times a year to youth in the community

Week long fitness and education program
offered at one location