Give All kids the resources for a bright future. that is our mission

Future for KIDS provides mentor driven out-of-school time programs and camps that focus on academics, athletics, and ethics to improve the lives of youth facing adversity.  All of our programming has a strong emphasis on Social Emotional Learning. 

Future for KIDS values the following as central to our success.

We encourage life-long learning through EDUCATION.

We are committed to EXCELLENCE by upholding excellent program service to benefit the children in our community.

We embrace DIVERSITY in all of its dimensions recognizing that mutual respect for individuality and the inclusion of all are vital for both personal and organizational success.

We hold high standards of character and INTEGRITY as the foundations upon which the organization is built.

We promote HEALTHY LIVING by making a commitment to physical and mental wellness and strive to be good role models for healthy behaviors.

Future for KIDS is an organization recognized for excellence and innovation committed to creating brighter futures for our community’s most vulnerable youth.

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Give All kids the resources for a bright future. that is our mission

Future for KIDS provides mentor driven out-of-school time programs and camps that focus on academics, athletics, and ethics to improve the lives of youth facing adversity.

Future for KIDS values the following as central to our success are our core values of Education, Excellence, Diversity, Integrity and Healthy Living.

We encourage life-long learning through EDUCATION.

We are committed to EXCELLENCE by upholding excellent program service to benefit the children in our community.

We embrace DIVERSITY in all of its dimensions recognizing that mutual respect for individuality and the inclusion of all are vital for both personal and organizational success.

We hold high standards of character and INTEGRITY as the foundations upon which the organization is built.

We promote HEALTHY LIVING by making a commitment to physical and mental wellness and strive to be good role models for healthy behaviors.

Future for KIDS is an organization recognized for excellence and innovation committed to creating brighter futures for our community’s most vulnerable youth.

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founded on a dream

Founder, Retired NFL player Rodney Smith was a child with a dream to be a professional athlete. Through the power of a strong adult mentor, Rod was inspired to succeed. He worked hard to attend The University of Nebraska where he played football and focused on academics. His successful football experience playing for the Cornhuskers led to the opportunity to play professional football. With a vision that all children should have the opportunity to participate in free, quality sports camps, Rod began the work of Future for KIDS. By bringing together fellow NFL Players, including Tony Brown and Rob Fredrickson, Rod built an organization that has touched the lives of many youth.

built on partnerships

In 2006 Madonna Bistany took the helm to build and grow the organization. Madonna came to Future for KIDS with an extensive background in nonprofit growth and development.

Madonna’s vision was to create strong Mentor driven, out of school time programs for youth who face adversity and grow the youth sports camps to include a multitude of sports. By building a strong foundation and following a standard of best practice, Future for KIDS cutting edge youth programs and camps developed into one of the communities most recognized and relevant resources.
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get to know our team

MADONNA BISTANY

Executive Director | [email protected]

What is your favorite part about what you do?
I feel very fortunate to work in community service where every day we have
the opportunity to make a difference in our community.

What is your favorite color and why?
I love the new FFK colors – playful and fun. Especially the turquoise blue

If FFK was an animal what would it be and why?
Maybe a monkey, fast-moving, busy, clever, loving to their babies

What and who drives and inspires you?
My family + Thought leaders in the community

How do you describe yourself as an individual?
Friendly, Committed, Productive, Positive, Embrace change, Busy, Happy

What interests you outside of work, what can you be found doing on a day off?
Hiking, biking, going to the gym, cooking, yoga, kayaking, traveling, hosting parties,
friends, family time, reading.

TIFFANY WILKINSON

Program Director | [email protected]

What is your favorite part about what you do?
The best part of my work is how it positively impacts the community I love.
Being born and raised in Arizona, I’m passionate about making a difference
and helping people of all ages. Seeing just one life changed is like magic, and it spreads like
wildfire as that person goes on to inspire others. This incredible
realization keeps me motivated and dedicated to making a meaningful impact.

What is your favorite color and why?
Blue has always been my go-to color! Ever since I was just a little tyke, I couldn’t
resist the allure of its mesmerizing hue. It’s like a splash of pure bliss, transporting me
straight to the pristine and crystal-clear depths of the ocean.

If FFK was an animal what would it be and why?
If FFK were personified as an animal, it would embody the qualities of a whale shark – robust,
mighty, yet also caring and supportive. Similar to a strong organization that provides programs
for youth, serving others, and making an impact, FFK shares the characteristics
of the whale shark, encompassing strength and power along with
a nurturing and compassionate nature.

What and who drives and inspires you?
My family and friends are like the colorful confetti that adds joy and laughter to my life,
constantly inspiring me to be my best self. With such incredible sources of
inspiration in my life, I am fueled with a passion to spread kindness and love wherever I go.

What interests you outside of work, what can you be found doing on a day off?
In a world filled with adventure, I find my bliss outside of work. From scaling mountains
and trails while hiking, to pitching tents under the starry sky on camping trips, I dance my heart out at
concerts and festivals. When I’m not sweating it out at the gym, you’ll find me striking a pose in yoga
class, or plunging into ice baths! I cherish these moments with my loved ones, making memories
that will forever ignite my spirit.

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CAITLYN

Volunteer Coordinator | [email protected]

What is your favorite part about what you do?

My favorite part of being a Volunteer Coordinator is the people! Working with such amazing dedicated
people who are willing to donate their time and resources to support a worthy cause is such a gift for me
to be apart of. Volunteers have truly changed my life in my time in non-profit and I will forever be grateful for their
impact on myself and the communities they serve. 

What is your favorite color and why?

Currently my favorite color is forest green! That dark green is so captivating to me. It’s a strong color
and reminds me of the outdoors, but in the right light it gives off a soft and welcoming vibe!
 

If FFK was an animal what would it be and why?

If Future for Kids was an animal, it would be a Barn Owl.
Barn Owls are fiercely loyal and dedicated to their packs. Barn Owls are also able to adapt easily
to new environments to thrive and will defend their territory/family against those that will harm.
This represents Future for Kids because as an organization we are dedicated to impacting
the lives of youth facing adversity in our community. We are passionate about creating a safe space
for kids to return to year after year and even into their adult years. Plus, since we work with kids,
we easily adapt to make sure we are serving the community and the kids to the best of our abilities.

What interests you outside of work, what can you be found doing on a day off?

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me exploring new activities with my kids and husband.
We love being outdoors, playing board games and going out to enjoy local restaurants.
We love curating moments that will create lifelong memories for our kids to remember forever.
If we aren’t out exploring, you’ll find me spending time with family.
Both my husband and I come from large families that are all based in Arizona,
which is such a blessing. With lots of family close by, there is always a family event to attend,
allowing us to spend time with the people we love most. 
 
 
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GABY BOSCH

Program Manager | [email protected]

What is your favorite part about what you do?
My favorite part is seeing a big smile on the children’s faces. I love being able
to help anyone in need and creating connections with them.

What is your favorite color and why?
One of my favorite colors is Yellow, because it is such a happy
color and brings so much joy.

If FFK was an animal what would it be and why?
If FFK was an animal it would be a puppy because FFK is a
place that makes so many people happy and you definitely
can’t see a puppy and not smile and have joy in your heart.

What and who drives and inspires you?
My mother is my biggest inspiration. She has always supported
my decision, has guided me and has pushed me to shine bright. She is such
a strong women who always finds the positives in life
and a way to make things happen.

What interests you outside of work, what can
you be found doing on a day off?
My interest outside of work involve reading, spending time with my family and my
two dogs, and exploring. I love being able to take adventures and share memories
and smiles with those I love the most.

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KOURTNEY HOTCHKISS

Program Coordinator | [email protected]

What is your favorite part about what you do?
I love seeing the impact we make on these kids and seeing the absolute joy on their faces when they see their mentor, complete
a projector have an inside joke with FFK staff and mentors. Nothing beats it!

What is your favorite color and why?
I love the colors yellow and orange! They are so bright and you can’t help but feel joy when you
look at things in those colors like a yellow flower or an orange sunset.

If FFK was an animal what would it be and why?
If FFK were an animal I would say they are a lion, leading the way into creating
a better future for the kids in our community and being a strong
foundation for them to stand on.

What and who drives and inspires you?
My inspiration comes from my family and friends who have supported me and
helped me find my path with working with
these students. Making them proud is what continues to drive me forward.

What interests you outside of work, what can you be found doing on a day off?
I’m a huge bookworm so when I’m not at work or programming I’m curled up with
my pets on the couch reading! I also love doing little crafts
like diamond painting kits, weaving and building sets.

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PROGRAM LEADERS
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