Through The Diamond Standard curriculum, A Promising Future seeks to build a foundation for social and emotional learning, critical thinking and personal flourishing for a healthy transition into adulthood.
The rising generation of youth are in need of mental and emotional supports, caring relationships, positive guidance and access to developmental growth opportunities. Through The Diamond Standard curriculum, they learn about executive skills such as: planning ahead, problem-solving, regulating their thoughts and feelings and engaging with others in healthy ways. The ongoing practice of these skills enables our youth culture to become better equipped to endure adversity and thrive because they have cultivated tools and supports that help them navigate life. As a result, they will become more resilient and experience positive improvements in their perspective on the quality of their lives.
The curriculum is taught in 10 sessions that span over 13-26 weeks which focus on the following elements:
- Practical goal-setting and problem-solving
- Confronting life stressors with positive coping strategies
- Identifying the full range of intelligences that youth have and can apply to life goals
- Tools for practicing effective communication
- Learning how to deescalate when in conflict and work toward resolution
- Building character through exercises that emphasize diligence, gratitude, dignity, empathy, charity and forgiveness
- Creating a positive, personal network of support
- Defining healthy intimacy and avoiding sexual risk by refraining from hazardous sexual activity
- Establishing the importance of mentoring relationships and inviting youth to create a plan to bring intentional mentoring into their lives
- Setting up a lifestyle plan for whole-person health and wellbeing using concepts learned in the course
Click here to view our curriculum overview.
A Promising Future is committed to ensuring that the resources we develop remain relevant with today’s youth culture and driven by current scientific findings. Because of this commitment, our program embarked on a formal evaluation of our originally-authored curriculum in order to establish it as evidence-based.
This multi-year process involved a professional research team and a clinically designed program trial that proved the curriculum can produce positive outcomes.
The most notable findings were:
- Students who attended at least 60% of the curriculum sessions, including Sessions 3, 4 and 5 had statistically significant improvements in their sense of self and social relationships above control group students.
- Sense of self refers to perceived improvements in mental and physical health, belief in self and being oneself.
- Social relationships refer to perceived improvements in adult supports, caring for others, family, friendships and peer relations, one’s sense of freedom and ability to participate in social situations.
These findings support protective factors that help youth avoid high-risk behaviors like non-marital sexual activity, violence and substance use.
Our curriculum is evidence-informed, medically-accurate and upholds five of the seven competencies for the Colorado Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards.
If you’re interested in knowing more, please refer to this page that outlines our evaluation and its findings.
Our Logic Model
A copy of The Diamond Standard’s logic model can be found here. Our logic model outlines the goals and outcomes of our program in a systematic way through the use of hypothesized cause and effect relationships.