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October 31, 2011

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April 12, 2011

Being an intern for Future for KIDS has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. During my time at Future for KIDS I was able to learn a lot of event planning skills and techniques that have ... more

October 31, 2011

Being a mentor at the Children's First Academy has brought a lot of joy into my life. I have a set group of 10 kids every week that I mentor and feel that I have really bonded with them and I can see how far these kids have come since the first day we started. The Discover Your Future program that Future for KIDS has makes a huge impact on both the community and these children.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 12, 2011

Being an intern for Future for KIDS has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. During my time at Future for KIDS I was able to learn a lot of event planning skills and techniques that have extended beyond my time at Future for KIDS. Madonna and Rod have taught me more than just how to be a great event planner, they have helped me learn and grow in my personal life as well. This experience was unlike any other and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be an intern at FFK. Future for KIDS has truly does an amazing job and I cannot wait to see the company grow and help out more kids in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experienced the results in the kids. They love having peer mentors come and spend an afternoon with them teaching them about nutrition and doing exercise. Everytime I walked in their faces would light up and they would always ask me what they were doing that day.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything about this organization. They are a well oiled machine. Everyone works together to fundraise and put on great events to help those in need.

September 14, 2011

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September 14, 2011

I was blessed to be given the opportunity to intern at Future for KIDS in the spring of 2010. It was a life changing experience that caused me to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector. Although I was only with Future for KIDS for a short six months, I was able to learn everything I needed to know about a successful nonprofit organization. I learned fund development through assisting with silent auctions, golf tournaments, and various special events. Myself and another intern even got to design and implement our own charity event that involved Arizona State's student body, which turned out to be extremely successful! Being able to work hands-on with the kids at the after-school programs allowed me to see exactly who we were helping and how much these children benefited from our efforts. Future for KIDS is a special family where all staff, board members, and volunteers are very dedicated and passionate about our mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I saw results of this organization when mentoring at our partner sites. It was exciting to see all of our behind the scenes efforts pay off at the mentorship programs. The kids were so ecstatic to learn, interact, and most importantly make a healthy snack! Their smiles forever changed me, and remind me what life is all about!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

CHANGE NOTHING!!! This organization has everything together! They do everything in their power to further their mission and goals.

April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

Future for KIDS is an amazing non-profit. I am lucky enough to be a mentor as well as an intern this semester (Spring 2011). As an intern I have learned so much about how non-profits operate and I have also been a part of the planning of the 2011 Sports Camp! Reaching out to future partners and getting the community involved has been very fulfilling. I think it is amazing that so many sponsors support this organization and make it possible to host a FREE sports camp for at-risk youth.

As a mentor to the children Future for KIDS serves, I have been blessed to get know the kids we work to support. At the Discover your Future program that I mentor at on Tuesdays I have formed relationships with the kids and have such a good time interacting with them, teaching them about health and fitness and encouraging them to always do their best and be the best person they can be.

Future for KIDS does it all right. I am so lucky to help serve the mission!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

mentoring. Each child really pays attention to the messages we send and they are always telling me what they did for exercise the previous week and/or how they ate their vegetables. I can really see that the kids enjoy the consistency of mentorship and are always trying improve in their skills.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more locations of the Discover Your Future program!

August 18, 2009

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August 18, 2009

This organization does it right! Active and involved board members, volunteers that go above and beyond,and sponsors that care. Providing at risk kids the opportunity to participate in mentorship programs,learn about being self-disciplined, fitness, wellness and building a healthy lifestyle. I recently participated in one of the Sports Camps the organization runs and was amazed at the number of kids that came. Each child received a pedometer, t-shirt, fitness journal, health and diet info from Blue Cross Blue Shield and over the course of the summer 6-8 weeks received follow up from their mentor tracking their results. Providing much needed accountability and encouragement for kids that normally do not have someone paying attention. Future for Kids makes it happen! Greatest Non-profit if you ask me.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own son's participation in the program and how it has benefited and opened his eyes to something larger than himself. Teaching kids to serve and get involved is a lesson you can't teach, but Future for Kids allows this lesson to be modeled.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

there follow up, focus on mentoring/ teaching kids, self-discipline and addressing living a healthy lifestyle to kids who normally wouldn't receive the education and

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic, of diverse backgrounds, of various occupations, young and old. They were very involved from the time the children first showed up to the very end. They were encouraging and took their opportunity to serve seriously.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Increase their capacity to mentor kids significantly. Build a facility that can be a safe haven for kids to receive guidance and encouragement from volunteers and where kids can learn how to serve in their own community and pay it forward. Make an Impact!

Ways to make it better...

we could have reached even more kids. Because the more lives we can influence the greater the impact in on our kids lives and the community as well.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Raising funds and grant money, but we are making great strides in this area.

One thing I'd also say is that...

everyone involved in Future for Kids is impacted for the better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 18, 2009

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August 18, 2009

What I truly love about my involvement with future for kids is the success that we have on changing kid’s lives on 3 levels. The first level is obviously the at-risk youth that benefit from the excellent mentorship of our volunteers. Based on the mentorship experienced by our founder and board members through athletics and activity based organizations, these kids have the opportunity to quickly learn life lessons such as goal setting, visioning, work/life balance, etc. Our volunteers and program mangers are the absolute best. The second level of kids that benefit from FFK are the volunteers and program managers that receive the invaluable experience of changing a kid’s life through mentoring. This experience is so well known that we consistently carry a waiting list of volunteers to place. You have heard from some of these magnificent people in previous posts. The third level of “kid” that benefits from FFK is that of our board members and executive leadership. This is obvious by attending any of our events, athletic camps, partner organizations, etc. Although we may not be quite as limber as we used to be, it is always fun and uplifting to participate in any of the FFK events. We are constantly humbled at the powerful effect FFK has on our kids at all levels. I invite all to contact FFK and get involved at any level. It is an organization where you can make noticeable difference in a short amount of time and come out laughing like a kid.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The many different levels of Kids that it influences. Also, the opportunity to make a personal impact quickly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 18, 2009

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August 18, 2009

Future for KIDS is a blast! I had fun while I was doing the right thing. This was such a fulfilling experience and it really puts my values in order and gives me the right perspective to live my life. A few hours a week can make a huge difference. I felt better about myself, knowing that I was making a positive difference in the community. This is truly one of the most beneficial experiences for both the mentors and mentees.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That I was abel to build multiple relationships with different kids of all ages and backgrounds.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuinely good people that were fun to hang out with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 14, 2009
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August 14, 2009
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I love this organization!! I worked as an intern at Future For KIDS this past summer (2009) and gained knowledge and motivation to continue volunteering. My internship has ended and I am already making steps to becoming a mentor for Future For KIDS because I believe in what they do and have seen children respond to their programs. This organization is unique in many ways but most because of its small staff that truly has passion for the work they do and believe in the cause. I was the site coordinator for one of their summer fitness camps and was able to influence children to live a healthy daily life through physical activity and nutrition choices. My favorite part of my job was showing up to the site every week and having the kids excited to see me and participate in class. Future For KIDS not only gives people an opportunity to volunteer but to make a difference in a child's life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my position as the site coordinator for one of their sites in phoenix. The kids responded to the program well with a lot of participation. It was also great to see reliable volunteers that interacted with the kids in a candid environment.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be very happy that I had such a successful organization that has many amazing staff members and volunteers that make it great!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the results that are seen in a short amount of time. It is rewarding to know that you are making a difference in a young persons life and Future For KIDS makes that possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, nice, honest, reliable, and fun!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be a national recognized organization and be able to influence millions of children.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had more money to hire me as an employee. I would take a job from Future For Kids in a second and love every second of my opportunity!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

obstacles with money for expanding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have worked with many non-profit organizations and I feel like the volunteers and staff at Future For Kids are truly the most passionate about what they do!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 12, 2009

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August 12, 2009

I have worked with Future for KIDS since January of 2009. I love this organization and all that it does for at-risk youth of the Metropolitan Phoenix area. Their free sports & fitness camps and after-school programs cater to the children's needs and give them positive role models. Future for KIDS believes every child deserves a wonderful life, and by placing volunteers at numerous partner sites, these children have a chance to connect with mentors and realize their potential. The changes in the attitudes of the children is very noticeable and such a fulfilling feeling. Future for KIDS prides itself on its free sports & fitness camps and after-school programs that incorporate 3 very important areas: academics, athletics and ethics. With the help of the community, Future for KIDS has made a difference in thousands of children's lives and keeps growing and succeeding in its mission to provide at-risk children education through mentorship and sports programs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the differences in these children's attitudes. When they see you walk in the door, their faces light up. They are so excited to see you & spend time with you. They love to tell you stories & have you listen and participate in the conversation.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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