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”!
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
If you put Amanda Iglesias in charge of a Christmas toy drive for underserved kids, be prepared for record-breaking results.
Our February “Volunteer of the Month” led the effort to fully stock our 2018 Christmas store, which allows parents to purchase deeply discounted gifts that they would otherwise be unable to afford for their children.
Resolve. One definition of the word is to “decide firmly on a course of action.
Our resolve is stronger than ever to make 2019 the most beneficial experience possible for the hundreds of students and families we serve at KidWorks.
Another variation of the word resolve is resolution.
With 2019 now fully underway, we’d like to share our very own KidWorks’ 2019 New Year’s Resolutions:
When a tenth grade boy recently told university student and KidWorks volunteer Brianna Carter that his career goal in life was to become a fast food worker, she instantly knew God was asking her to intervene.
Our January 2019 Volunteer of the Month, Brianna Carter deeply values education and has clear career goals herself.
Six years ago, professional musician Joe Cristina had a conversation with himself. He asked, “How does a Christian artist, musician and person of faith function in the secular world and make an impact and grow in their faith?”
Our December 2018 KidWorks “Volunteer of the Month” heard God’s answer, and he hasn’t slowed down since.