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.”

– Victoria

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 ddaily@affcf.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.'”

– Jesus

2021 PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Enrolled 276 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 86% of participating youth increased their total Self-Sufficiency Matrix Score.

Meet the Team

Diane Daily

Diane Daily

Program Director

I have been with AFFCF and Keys to Success since 2014. My work has focused specifically on the needs of youth in foster care. I believe we can create opportunities for youth in foster care to help them break free of challenges that prevent them from achieving their life goals.

Stephany Caceres Mejia

Stephany Caceres Mejia

Career Development Specialist

I have been with Keys to Success since February 2021. What I love most about what I do is when I am working with youth who don’t believe in themselves, then months later they reflect back on how far they have come to achieve their goals. It’s an amazing thing to witness.

Jacqueline Carter

Jacqueline Carter

Career Development Specialist

My name is Jackie and I have been with Keys to Success since December 2021. I am passionate about advocating for the underprivileged, the overlooked and the misunderstood.

Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan

Career Development Specialist

I began working with Keys to Success in March 2022. My background is in Psychology and Public Health.  I believe in identifying and breaking down barriers in education, creating community partnerships, and empowering youth to see all that they can be. As a career development specialist, I’m able to serve a diverse group of motivated, talented, inspiring youth, who give me great hope for the future.

Gail Fidura

Gail Fidura

Employment Development Specialist

I joined Keys to Success in January 2022 as an employment development specialist. I love helping youth grow their potential, grow their confidence and assist them in securing employment. It’s so rewarding when the youth get a vision for their future.  To be a part of that process in their journey is a privilege, not just a job.
Becky Gutierrez

Becky Gutierrez

Resource Specialist

I have been with Keys to Success since March 2019. What I love most about my job is when one of my students accomplishes a goal that they have been working hard on.

Kim Jenkins

Kim Jenkins

Career Development Specialist

I’ve been a career development specialist with the Keys to Success program since 2015. It’s my privilege to help young people discover their talent and potential so they can create better futures for themselves. 

Andrea Lopez

Andrea Lopez

Employment Development Specialist

I joined Keys to Success in December 2021 as an Employment Development Specialist. My background is in psychology and I enjoy helping others. 

Noelle Pee

Noelle Pee

Employment Development Specialist

I have been with Keys to Success since July 2020. I also work as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology for GateWay Community College. In my free time I love to paint with ink. I’m passionate about helping people find jobs and create life plans for success.

Gloria Petruzzelli

Gloria Petruzzelli

Employment Development Specialist

I have been with Keys to Success since September 2021. What I love most about what I do is helping youth in foster care learn skills to build life experiences as they acquire a job that they will enjoy.  It is a joy seeing their smiles at the moment they realize how much they have achieved. 

Ciara Quidera Lara

Ciara Quidera Lara

Employment Development Specialist

I joined the Keys to Success team in February 2022. I love the work that we do because it provides empowerment and opportunity to our youth which can help them overcome their challenges and reach their goals. 
Madison Poindexter

Madison Poindexter

Career Development Specialist

I have been a part of Keys to Success since June 2020. I love being able to assist my youth with identifying their passions and helping align them to a career pathway that interests them. 

Meagan Rothgeb

Meagan Rothgeb

Employment Development Specialist

I have been part of the KTS team since June 2021. My passion is working with youth because they are just embarking on their journeys into adulthood, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch that potential become something special. They remind me to keep an open mind and constantly teach me new things about my work, the world, and myself.

Krystal Solano Serrano

Krystal Solano Serrano

Career Development Specialist

I have been part of the Keys to Success team since November 2021. I love being able to help our youth obtain the resources and skills needed to achieve their goals, while also being an ongoing support for our youth, families and community partners. 

Helene Tonnemacher

Helene Tonnemacher

Career/Employment Development Specialist - Yavapai County

I have been part of the Keys to Success team in Yavapai County since October 2019. I love being able to help youth and watch them grow!

Amanda Zhllima

Amanda Zhllima

Keys to Financial Success Coordinator

I joined Keys to Success in August 2021, as the coordinator of Keys to Financial Success. I look forward to helping this program grow and improve, with the help of our amazing Keys to Financial Success volunteers.

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation

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Address: 360 E Coronado Rd Suite 190, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone: +1 (602) 252-9445

Email: grants@affcf.org

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