KidWorks Alumni are Giving Back

KidWorks Alumni are Giving Back

Leadership development is one of our three key recently announced Program Success Strategies.  A perfect example of how this strategy is being actively developed and deployed is our recently launched Alumni Leadership Council.

The Alumni Leadership Council is comprised of KidWorks “grads”—namely people attending college/university or in the workforce who had been part of our various programs.  Some alumni have been KidWorks students since kindergarten, and others joined in later grades.

Donors Ignite College Success On Giving Day

Donors Ignite College Success On Giving Day

Thanks to our generous donors, KidWorks raised over $40,000 on 24 hours through Igniting Potential Giving Day, sponsored by the Orange County Community Foundation. Igniting Potential included 9 OC non-profits who teamed-up to raise funds for the youth in our community.  

The 24-hour online effort raised more than $125,000 in total with the participation of more than 535 donors for local organizations providing support and resources to children in need. 

Creating Learners - Leaders - and students who are life-ready!

Creating Learners - Leaders - and students who are life-ready!

Our after school programs are now fully underway, and we’re pleased to share the many ways we've refreshed and developed our approach to assure the continued effectiveness and sustained positive impact on our students’ academic journey from preschool through college. Our goal is to create learners and leaders who are “life-ready”!

Volunteer of the Month: Yosely OCampo

Volunteer of the Month: Yosely OCampo

We’re  honored to help guide Yosely from preschool to high school and assisting with her plans to attend college and eventually achieve her dream of earning a PhD.  

“During the six years I’ve known Yosely, I’ve seen her confidence grow,” says Frank Bejarano, our Youth & Family Engagement Director.  “Time after time, Yosely has proven to be a leader amongst her peers.  Her enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile has positively impacted the way she and her friends engage in our programs.”

Help "Ignite Potential" for the youth at KidWorks

Help "Ignite Potential" for the youth at KidWorks

On September 18th you have the opportunity to change the life of a KidWorks student forever!  Join KidWorks and 8 other OC Non-profits as we join forces to raise money for the youth of Orange County through Igniting Potential, a giving day led by the Orange County Community Foundation.  Funds raised by KidWorks will be used to support their College Success Initiative, a program that provides students the tools and resources needed to be successful in college.  

Pray for KidWorks

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KidWorks After School Programs started this week and we couldn't be more excited. As we begin this new season at KidWorks, we ask that you partner with us in prayer for our students and programs.

Faith has been at the heart of the KidWorks movement since our founding in 1993. We’ve seen lives changed, relationships restored, communities transformed and prayer has been a part of every step of our journey. At KidWorks we believe in the power of prayer and value the support of our prayer and ministry partners.

PS - Mark your calendars! Our next Prayer Walk is scheduled for September 12th at KidWorks. Reserve your spot today!

VOL-NTEER: All That Is Missing Is "U"

VOL-NTEER: All That Is Missing Is "U"

Pencils are being sharpened. Book bags are being filled.  And KidWorks students are getting ready for our afterschool programs that get underway on August 19 to coincide with the start of the Santa Ana Unified School District 2019 Fall term.

That means it’s the perfect time to volunteer in after school programs to assist our teachers in the classrooms that serve hundreds of students from preschool through 12th grade.

Isabel's Story

Isabel's Story

Before KidWorks came into my life, I hated my neighborhood.  Every time I walked out my door I saw chaos and destruction.  From afar, I have seen the face of someone who was dedicated to harm another. Helicopters often roam the sky above, police cars pass by every few hours. I have firsthand experience of a gunshot striking a glass bottle just mere feet away from where I was standing.  What if that bottle had been me?  I hated the uncertainty I felt each time I encountered anyone from my neighborhood. So when a new family was expected to live in the space available in the apartment complex in front of me, the only wish I had was that they would bring children into this place. Little did I know that I was about to encounter a whole load of them. 

Volunteer of the month: Jennifer Gonzalez

Volunteer of the month: Jennifer Gonzalez

When KidWorks’ after school programs resume again in August, you can count on Jennifer Gonzalez being there. Jennifer, our July “Volunteer of the Month,” has logged 210 hours helping in the classroom and with various other needs since March. Although she is taking a break during summer, she is excited to return to her volunteer role in our After School Programs.

KidWorks Youth Place in Statewide GIS Mapping Contest

KidWorks Youth Place in Statewide GIS Mapping Contest

Between tackling their daily school homework and preparing to attend college, KidWorks’ youths also carve out time in their busy schedules to improve their community through GIS mapping. Our students were interested in learning more about the availability of safe spaces for youth to skateboard and the prevalence of “food deserts” (i.e. the lack of fresh, nutritious and affordable food) in the City of Santa Ana.  For both projects, students used GIS mapping software to collect data in the city and compare it to municipalities of similar size.

Celebrate the Class of 2019

Celebrate the Class of 2019

2018, the average U.S. national high school graduation rate was 84 percent (according to the latest available data from the government’s National Center for Education Statistics)—at KidWorks we have an impressive 100 percent high school graduation rate!

We are very proud that 17 “Class of 2019” high school seniors enrolled in our programs are graduating on time and 100 percent are enrolled in college/university this fall.

Karen G. is Berkeley Bound

Karen G. is Berkeley Bound

Karen G. recalls telling her mom,  “I want to go to KidWorks!” as a three-year-old when she saw her big sister, Gilda, head off each weekday to our after-school programs.  The persistence and tenacity that defines Karen’s personality to this very day meant she never let up until she convinced her mom to enroll her.  Never mind that at three, Karen was still a year short of qualifying for KidWorks preschool programs.