A Promising Future (APF) is the life-skills development and relationship education department of Alternatives Pregnancy Center. APF was founded in 2001 as a response to the needs that were being presented in the young adults who came to the center in the Denver-metro area. Since its founding, APF has sought partnerships with schools, agencies and other youth-serving organizations in order to provide information that empowers students and adults alike to make choices that value their whole-person health and well-being. APF does this through educational presentations and curricula that assist youth in building positive assets and avoiding hazardous behaviors.
As a program, APF continues to seek research opportunities to evaluate, improve, and demonstrate significant outcomes of The Diamond Standard Curriculum. This process includes:
- 2019 new edition of The Diamond Standard and development of a teacher guide
- 2019 partnership with Colorado State University to conduct research with a Denver-area high school
- 2020 revisions that include The Diamond Standard with Biblical Discussion Guide for use in faith-based organizations
- 2020 development of targeted workshops to address critical issues facing youth, especially mental health
- 2023 development of the Diamond Standard Middle School Curriculum
Explore. Educate. Equip. Elevate.
The A Promising Future program initiates a new way of thinking that encourages participants to explore themselves and the world and evaluate whether there is a more effective way to cope, respond, engage, relate, live and dream.
The Diamond Standard curriculum is a resource tool meant to be utilized by teachers, social workers, parents, youth pastors and other youth-serving professionals to build off of the existing strengths of our youth while equipping them with the tools needed to make healthy and informed decisions.
The Diamond Standard prioritizes the development of executive skills like regulating behavior, exercising good judgment, critical thinking, problem-solving and adjusting to new circumstances which allow students to create new brain pathways that enable them to establish patterns of healthy behavior, thought and emotion. These skills will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
To effectively empower the rising generation to an elevated lifestyle set up for and motivated by whole-person health, we must pair these executive skills with a meaningful relationship between student and instructor.
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