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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.

Volunteer of the Month: Amanda Iglesias

Volunteer of the Month: Amanda Iglesias

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.

KidWorks Resolves To Make 2019 An Amazing Year

KidWorks Resolves To Make 2019 An Amazing Year

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:

Volunteer Of The Month: Joe Cristina

Volunteer Of The Month: Joe Cristina

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.