keys to success
As the only program of its kind in Arizona, Keys to Success addresses the unique needs and challenges facing youth transitioning from foster care.
“Keys to Success helped me see that my future can be great. Before I didn’t think I was going to graduate high school. Now I’m planning for a career in the medical field.”
Why Keys to Success?
Each year approximately 900 youth leave Arizona’s foster care system without families and the opportunities they need to help them succeed. As a result, they are more likely than their peers to drop out of school, become parents before they are ready, experience homelessness, or end up in jail – costly consequences that affect us all.
What we do
The goal of Keys to Success is to provide career development services for youth aging out of foster care that lead them to discover their potential and a pathway to living wage employment. Once enrolled in the program, participants work with a team that helps them:
- Identify short and long-term career goals
- Prepare for and secure employment
- Identify and complete education/training that aligns with their career plans
- Develop personal and independent living skills
- Connect to partnering organizations that provide additional services or resources.
To enroll in Keys to Success a youth must be between the ages of 16 and 21, be in foster care or have been in care at age 18 and reside in Maricopa or Western Yavapai counties. Click the Refer a Youth button if you’d like to recommend a youth to Keys to Success.
Change the Story for Youth Aging out of Foster Care
There are different ways in which you can assist you transitioning from care to adulthood. Here are just a few:
Refer a Youth
To qualify for the program, youth must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and reside in either Maricopa County or Western Yavapai County. You can submit your referral here.
Employ a Youth
Keys to Success continually seeks new employment and resource partners to help our youth achieve their goals. Contact Keys to Success program director Diane Daily at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can become a Keys to Success partner.
Support Our Work
Not only will your donation support our important work, but it may also qualify for a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit under the Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit. Donate to AFFCF’s Keys to Success program at affcf.org/give.
“This program has helped me by pairing me with mentors and coaches who have connected me to foster care advocacy programs and professionals in the community.'”
2019 program outcomes
Enrolled 194 new youth in the program
of participants secured employment within one year of enrollment
of participants retained employment for 30 days or longer
of participants enrolled six months or longer gained in skill or aptitude as demonstrated by increased scores on basic skills assessments or acquisition of certification or course credit
of age-appropriate participants enrolled in post-secondary education or training
At six months from intake 90% of participating youth increased their total Self-Sufficiency Matrix Score.