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.

KidWorks Mom/Alum Turned College Graduate

KidWorks Mom/Alum Turned College Graduate

Sonia Quijano is proof positive that it’s never too late to chase your dreams.  This KidWorks mom was once a student at KidWorks almost twenty years ago and now her daughter Marilyn is a student in our preschool.  Even though she is now busy raising her family, she is also pursuing her dream of becoming a high school guidance counselor. 

Help us say ‘Thanks!’ during Teacher Appreciation Week

Help us say ‘Thanks!’ during Teacher Appreciation Week

Albert Einstein said, “Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.”

We think that’s the perfect way to describe the dedication found in all 19 of KidWorks’ amazing teachers. 

Ask our students, and they’ll say our professional educators make learning delightful, challenging and fun. And their parents wholeheartedly concur. 

That’s why we’re delighted to announce that May 13 – 17 will be Teacher Appreciation Week at KidWorks.

Three Cheers For Our 48 Preschool Graduates

Three Cheers For Our 48 Preschool Graduates

The KidWorks’ preschool has for many years given our youngest learners the solid foundation that they carry with them from kindergarten right through college or university, says Idalia Galdamez, Preschool Director.  It’s not day care by any means; it’s a vibrant classroom where minds are stimulated and developed.

“At KidWorks, we believe learning is a lifelong, enjoyable and a challenging experience,” Idalia says.  “Our preschool provides the children a well-balanced program on a daily basis.  Each day the children are given opportunities to participate in music, literacy, science, math, art, reading time, inside free play, dramatic play and outside time.” 

Spring Break Science Camp: Hands-On Fun With STEM

Spring Break Science Camp: Hands-On Fun With STEM

For the 2nd year in a row, KidWorks Spring Break Sensational Science camp was truly a success. Over the week of Spring Break, 170 students came to KidWorks for a week of hands-on STEM fun including 29 new students from the community.

Students got the opportunity to participate in hands-on science projects including designing a roller coaster, making play dough, race cars they built and designing a space suit thanks to our friends at PBS who provided the curriculum and materials for Science Camp.

KidWorks Volunteers of the Year

KidWorks Volunteers of the Year

KidWorks is blessed to have 936 volunteers serve each year at our four centers contributing an impressive 14,936 hours of service. Volunteers serve in our classrooms, help with graphics and blog writing and even help us raise money. As part of National Volunteer Week 2019, we want to recognize two outstanding volunteers at KidWorks who were named co-volunteers of the year because of their outstanding service.

Volunteer of the Month: Dale Green

Volunteer of the Month: Dale Green

Dale has taught KidWorks University workshops since 2012, focusing on electronics, weather science, computer programing and woodworking. An electrical engineer by trade, with decades of professional experience, having designed automated test equipment for hydraulic components, industrial grade battery chargers and telecommunications equipment.