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.
Within the past year, APF partnered with Colorado State University to conduct ongoing research with a local high school. With the unfortunate COVID-19 epidemic, our research project was cut short. APF continues to align with other strategic partners in conducting research on the significant outcomes of The Diamond Standard curriculum.
2020 also allowed for the ongoing revision of The Diamond Standard, our originally-authored life-skills development and relationship education curriculum.
In response to changing needs of education and the current climate as it relates to disrupted mental health, APF has developed targeted workshops to address critical issues facing youth.
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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