The lifeblood of A Promising Future is our amazing team. We are committed to educating and empowering students to step into their futures and live out their dreams.
Our passion is to meet young people at the crossroads of decisions that could permanently change their lives and equip them with essential skills that will enable them to make healthy choices. We know students are confronted every day by a culture that encourages them to do whatever feels right. Often, this leads to the pressure of experimenting with behaviors that can harm them. Our team believes students have amazing potential and strengths, and it is our goal to equip them to lead lifestyles that will create promising futures.
Mattie Motl: Staff Instructor
“As a staff instructor, I have been given the incredible responsibility of empowering youth by reminding them of their value— to others and to themselves. The next generation is faced with so many challenges, and it is my job to give them the tools they need in order to thrive rather than survive. Thriving comes from vibrant community, confident sense of self, and intentional connection, and I strive to equip our youth with everything they need to discover their place in this world.”
Email me at Mattie@APromisingFuture.com.
Alex Sopocy: Program Director*
“As a previous foster parent to teenagers, the need for more adults who believe in, equip, and encourage teenagers to be connected, passionate, and whole-person healthy is huge. A Promising Future desires to show teenagers their value, worth, and abilities, while also training other caring adults in how to reinforce these concepts and support them. I’m honored I get to create relationships with both teenagers and adults to help the next generation thrive.”
Email me at Alex@APromisingFuture.com.
*Certified as a Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist.
Interested in knowing more about how you can partner with A Promising Future? Check out our volunteer opportunities below! If you have a specific way you would like to help our organization but don’t see it listed, please reach out!
As a lead instructor, you have the opportunity to directly implement our curriculum to youth. For volunteers with experience and passion for teaching, this is a way to utilize your skills to teach teens beyond academic skills. A co-instructor would be able to work alongside another instructor and implement the curriculum in tandem. A Presenter would be responsible for understanding the program and curriculum and being able to effectively communicate our mission and values. *Training provided.
We have limited time with our students and every minute counts. As an instructor aide, you would help ensure that class activities progress in a timely and effective manner. You would also have the chance to engage teens in conversation and help them to achieve a better understanding of the valuable skills and ideas we hope to impart. *Training provided.
APF is constantly looking for new opportunities for partnership and collaboration with organizations or individuals that would benefit from The Diamond Standard. Having people who are dedicated to seeking out new relationships are incredibly helpful.
Our curriculum is ever-evolving, so we need people who enjoy looking at current research on the topics that affect today’s youth so that we are aware of any changes or updates we should include.
As we continue to develop our curriculum and be relevant for the educational environment, research concerning grant opportunities for APF would also be well-received.
You have the opportunity to become an extension of the A Promising Future team. This role equips you with the knowledge and resources to share our curriculum and extend our reach to communities we don’t currently serve. You could be the person to sow a seed in a future partnership. *Training provided.
- Being an Ambassador at the event
- Set-Up/ Tear-Down
- Resource Fairs
As the needs of the students shift, APF strives to produce and implement workshops focused on addressing life issues relevant to today’s youth. Participating in a mock classroom allows you to have a sneak peek at the new content and offer invaluable insight that will be used to ensure that APF develops the best product for our teens.
If administrative tasks are more suitable for you, we have plenty of projects where we could use your help! These tasks will vary depending on current needs, so contact us to learn more!