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Community Engagement Programs

Trauma-Sensitive Youth Mentoring (Academics, Athletics, Ethics)

Future for KIDS


Future for KIDS mission is to provide mentor driven out-of-school time programs and camps that focus on academics, athletics, and ethics to improve the lives of youth who face adversity. more



About the Internship


Interns will work at 2 different program locations promoting resiliency and confidence among youth (grades 3-6) who face adversity through consistent small-group mentoring. Field Interns serve as a mentor in our out-of-school time program and are provided with hands-on youth program leadership experience in a dynamic and growing social service agency.  

Field Interns will:

  • Mentor for 2-5 hours, 2 days a week, for a 26 or 13 week commitment.
  • Serve the organization assisting with curriculum development
  • Assist with curriculum research
  • Mentor Volunteer recruitment
  • Camp Volunteer recruitment
  • Serve as an event management assistant
  • Participate in the Professional development Lunch and Learn series

Internship details/dates:

  • Future for KIDS Program Duration: September – May 
  • Intern Start Dates
    • September (First Round Application Process)
    • December (Second Round Application Process)

Program runs Tuesday through Thursday at different locations throughout the valley between the hours of 2:30pm and 6:30pm.

  • Interns select a minimum of two sites and Maximum of 4
  • Training required and Provided prior to starting program:
  • Mentor Training - 3 hours
  • Onsite Training- 2.5 hours
  • Ongoing training is provided through our Lunch & Learn series. All training is free to attend

Interns are required to attend a minimum of 2 of the 4 Lunch and Learn trainings

A successful Field Intern will be able to affect the lives of youth and also build their resume by gaining experience in the following areas:

  • Mentorship
  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Program evaluations and assessment
  • Youth educational and behavioral development
  • Leadership development
  • Trauma-Sensitive programming
  • Professionalism
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • Events and Fundraising
  • Networking

Future for KIDS holds events, mixers, and camps where you are able to meet professionals and expand your career potential!

Population Served:

As an intern in our program you will be trained to specifically serve youth with ACEs

  • Elementary-aged youth (grades 3-6) who live in low-income communities in Maricopa County
  • 100 Percent of these youth we serve has experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). 
    • ACEs consist of emotional or physical trauma that takes place before the age of 18 including all forms of abuse, neglect, or household dysfunction. 
    • Two in five children in Arizona experience one or more ACEs in their lifetime (2014 Child Trends). 
  • All youth served by Future for KIDS programming face 3 or more ACEs
Community Need:

The goal in pairing adult mentors with these youth is to combat the cycle of ACEs and to be that person in a child's life whom can provide consistency

Arizona has one of the highest rates for this level of toxic stress among youth (15% compared to the national average, 11%) (2014 Child Trends).  Research suggests that experiencing ACEs increases one’s risk for poor mental and physical health, less successful in school and work throughout one’s life.

Community Impact:

Future for KIDS is a member of the Arizona ACEs Consortium through Phoenix Children's Hospital. Discover Your Future is the first Trauma-Sensitive program for elementary-aged youth in the state of Arizona

Through our programs and camps, interns serve as positive role models that promote resiliency and encourage personal and educational growth and success for the kids they work with.