Future for KIDS Programs
Addressing the Need
Future for KIDS prides itself on our commitment to creating brighter futures 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 of toxic stress among youth (15% compared to the national average of 11%) (2014 Child Trends). Research suggests that experiencing ACE’s increases one’s risk for poor mental and physical heath along with being less successful in school and work throughout one’s life.
The Future for KIDS Approach
Mentorship, and providing youth with stable and nurturing relationships are proven approaches to reduce the risks associated with ACE’s (Phoenix Children’s Hospital).
Future for KIDS out-of-school time programs inspire youth (ages 8-14) through three core pillars: Academics, Athletics and Ethics.
Program 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.