Addressing a Need
Future for KIDS prides itself on our commitment to creating a brighter future for youth who face adversity. Programming is designed to be supportive for elementary and middle school-aged youth who live in low-income communities in Maricopa County and who may have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). ACE’s consist of emotional or physical trauma that takes place before the age of 18 including all forms of abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction.
Youth served by Future for KIDS may have experienced ACE’s; 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 ACE’s increases one’s risk for poor mental and physical health, less successful in school and work throughout one’s life.
Mentorship, and providing youth with “stable, nurturing relationships” are a top-rated approach to reduce the risks associated with experiencing ACE’s (Phoenix Children’s Hospital).
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:
Out-of-School time enrichment program, offered 2 hours, once a week at 10 locations for youth in grades 3-6.
Large-scale fitness camps offered three times a year to youth in the community.
Week long fitness and education program offered at one location during the summer.