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.

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.

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

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JOHN HOPPER

Program Director | [email protected]

What is your favorite part about what you do?
Empowering adults to make a positive impact on a child’s life!

What is your favorite color and why?
Detroit Lion’s Blue- go Lions!

What is your least favorite color and why?
Green- I look terrible in green!

If FFK was an animal what would it be and why?
FFK would be a an Elephant. We are a force in the nonprofit world but lead with love
and caring energy.

What and who drives and inspires you?
My wife. She is successful and has high standards and drives me to be a better
person.

What interests you outside of work, what can you be found doing on a day off?
I love playing video games! I recently build my own PC from scratch!
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KATIE POLLAK

Volunteer Coordinator | [email protected]

What is your favorite part about what you do?
The ability to connect with members of the community. I enjoy being able to meet
people from a variety of backgrounds, looking to help, and then put them in a
position to make an impact. From first meeting them, to seeing them engage with
the youth, to talking about their experiences after, is inspiring.

What is your favorite color and why?
Besides Tie Dye? Green! It makes me smile. It reminds me of life, of nature, of my
experiences. Every shade is vibrant and meaningful.

If FFK was an animal what would it be and why?
If FFK were an animal, it would be an octopus. Small but mighty. An octopus is
smart, adaptable, a helpful member of it’s community and resourceful.

What and who drives and inspires you?
I do not have one driving force – I pull inspiration from friends, family, acquaintances,
coworkers and more. It is important to me, to be open minded and always willing to
grow and have my opinions challenged. This is what inspires me. People talking
about what their passions are, working in fields that are meaningful to them and
those who motivate others to be themselves and do what they love.
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GABY NORIEGA
Program Specialist | [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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