A Promising Future makes an intentional investment to place young lives on a path of promise. We do what is known as positive youth development.
Through our relationship education workshops, curriculum, and speakers, we build on the strengths of emerging adults so they can develop skills for success in life. The ripple effects can empower not only this generation, but also generations to come.
Our program was established in 2001 as a proactive outreach of Alternatives Pregnancy Center. At Alternatives, we’ve seen firsthand the pain of unintended consequences that come with uninformed choices. We had to do something positive—something that would encourage young people to discover the keys to whole-person health.
Today, we provide resources and training for teachers, counselors, caseworkers, pastors, and anyone passionate about the potential of today’s youth to discover A Promising Future.
Positive Youth Development
Research demonstrates that youth are more likely to avoid high-risk behaviors when programs see students as a resource and work together with them. Students take an active role in developing psycho-social skills, pro-social norms, whole-person wellness and healthy relationships.
Our custom curriculum, The Diamond Standard: Living a Life of Excellence, applies this understanding of positive youth development. So does our relationship education workshop on Making Healthy Decisions About Sex. When our speakers come to your school or organization—or to a training session for instructors—they’ll do the same.
When you participate with A Promising Future (APF), you gain the benefit of our extensive community collaboration. We are honored to provide professional training and community outreach in partnership with many organizations, such as:
Auraria Higher Education Center
Aurora Police Department
Boys Hope Girls Hope
Colorado Family and Consumer Science Teachers
Colorado Hope Collaborative
Office of Economic Development – City and County of Denver
Colorado State University Online – Division of Continuing Education
Colorado School Counselor’s Association
Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance
Denver Housing Authority
Denver Juvenile Probation
Friends for Youth
Gang Rescue and Support Project
Jefferson County Human Services
Jefferson County Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center
The National Night Out Program
Safe City Youth Summit
The United Way of Denver
Urban Youth Ministries
In addition, we have come alongside numerous local schools and churches. For faith-based organizations, we offer a Biblical Discussion Guide to complement The Diamond Standard curriculum.
To equip the reach of A Promising Future beyond Colorado, we provide The Diamond Standard curriculum nationwide, with the opportunity for professional instructor training.
Evaluation and Outcomes
In 2011, A Promising Future had a formal review of The Diamond Standard conducted by a PhD researcher; a needed step in the evaluation process to establish the curriculum as an evidence –based program. Data about the curriculum’s effectiveness has also been collected and analyzed by A Promising Future. Through survey measurement tools and other sources of feedback, participants in The Diamond Standard show positive outcomes in self-efficacy, communication skills and healthy conflict resolution strategies.
Participants have also shown growth in civic mindfulness and goal setting practices. They have gained awareness of risks involved in pre-marital sexual activity and in understanding healthy ways to build genuine intimacy in romantic relationships.
A Promising Future is now preparing for a longitudinal, third party, PhD-led evaluation of The Diamond Standard curriculum, confident that these and other competencies will emerge as evidence-based outcomes of the curriculum program.