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Future for KIDS mission is to provide 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 prides itself on our commitment to creating a brighter future for youth who face adversity. Our programming is designed as a supportive community program for elementary 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).
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.
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).
Our curriculum is intentionally designed for youth to develop socially and emotionally, learning coping mechanisms and self-regulation.