The heartbeat of A Promising Future is a team of diverse individuals who 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.
Tia Davis-Burns: Program Director
My role aligns with my desire to connect with communities and partners that serve youth. What I love about A Promising Future is that we offer a real opportunity to equip young people with necessary life preparation skills in a way that effectively empowers them to act in their own best interests and do life well. The relationships that we are privileged enough to form with students are life-impacting for them and us. Contact Tia at Tia@APromisingFuture.com.
Spenser Sikkema: Administrative Manager
Working with A Promising Future allows me the opportunity to pass on the skills that I have been given to help the next generation be prepared and ready to be successful adults. Life is full of surprises, challenges, and beauty and I want to help young people learn how to deal with all of the different aspects of life well. The learning, building of relationships and developing of connections through APF allows for growth, challenge, and becoming the best version of ourselves. Contact Spenser at Spenser@APromisingFuture.com.
All of our staff have been certified as Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialists.
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!