Kids Helping Kids Sacramento
Kids Helping Kids is an entirely student run non-profit organization that works to aid children both locally and globally. We are empowered students making a difference from the classroom to the community by investing in the lives of children in need. We believe that learning is best by doing and doing is best by serving others.
We aid families in paying for expenses they face when their child has cancer. Lodging, transportation, and food are all additional expenses that are difficult to cover when dealing with such a hardship. In hopes of making the process easier for each family, we cover the expenses for each of their unique needs. This is the newest population of children KHK has served.
We have partnered with the Keaton Child Cancer Alliance to find families that need financial assistance while fighting a tough battle. In one year alone, we allocated $25,000 to this cause and aided over 30 families.
We provide graduating high school seniors who are homeless, in foster care, or at risk with laptop computers and shopping sprees for dorm necessities, as well as a $300 stipend for books. We aim to level the playing field for these students and provide them with all of the materials to which they do not have access in order to give them all of the tools vital to academic success.
Last year, we provided 30 students with laptops and shopping sprees.
We partnered with another nonprofit, Love, Light, and Melody, to address a problem in Managua, Nicaragua. We maintain a safe house called Club Hope and work to pull impoverished children out of abysmal living conditions and prostitution rings, while providing them with education and nourishment. We are working to build a public school with grades K-12 as well for the children of Managua.
- Construction of the K-12 school in Managua, Nicaragua has recently started. We are helping to eradicate homelessness and human trafficking by providing a safe space for disadvantaged children.
- 15% of our annual revenue is given to Love, Light, and Melody each year, helping them continue their important mission.
- In addition, we have sent KHK students to Cuba to serve disabled children and their families, who aren't considered citizens of their country.
- Last year, we allocated $13,000 to our global cause.
Through The Academic Advancement Company, or TAAC, Kids Helping Kids helps young students who have fallen behind in school by offering them extra help. Weekly, we meet with those who we help, to tutor them in math. Outside of this we offer tutors with flexible time schedules who set up additional appointments with kids and provide the extra help they need at no charge. We are proud to announce that our efforts have resulted in a nearly 20 percent overall academic increase in the students we serve.
Through our academic help at Carmichael Elementary school we have helped the students make some of the most dramatic improvements in the region.
- After being tutored through this program, our students' Common Core test scores have increased by 14%!
- Our students have been able to dramatically increase their grades and confidence in their abilities, leading them to be more successful as they go into the future
- The members of our organization have been able to act as mentors for many young students who have lacked a positive influence in their lives and, as a result, have led them to develop a new and more positive attitude
The Arts Project was started by KHK two years ago after our members realized that many schools were taking arts programs out of their curriculum due to budget cuts. As a result, our members felt that they should find a way to still provide these young students with the opportunity for creative expression, so we started a program to provide just that. We now give students at Carmichael Elementary School the opportunity to work with our fantastic members to build arts projects that help keep them engaged and inspire their creativity. A new addition last year was the expansion of the Arts Project at Saint John's Program for Real Change, a shelter for women and children that had no art outlet for the children before Kids Helping Kids got involved.
- Through the arts project, we are able to keep the importance of artistic capabilities alive in the classrooms of the students who are involved in our programs
- Through the large amounts of time that we are able to spend with the students, we are able to become positive influences in their lives
- We establish strong relationships with them and help to give them the confidence to succeed
- The arts projects that are given to many of our members by the students they work with are amazing and show just the type of hearts that many of these young children have
- We showcase these pieces in our headquarters to show the amazing impact we have
Recently Kids Helping Kids has built a garden at Coyle Avenue Elementary School to provide the students there with a whole new level of curriculum. With the garden we allow the students to plant, grow, harvest, and sell their own fruits and vegetables all while learning scientific and nutritional concepts with Lifelab curriculum. Through this project these young students are able to learn about biological systems in a more in-depth manner, develop an interest in nutrition, and gain entrepreneurial experience by selling what they produce at the farmers' market experience we provide. Overall, the experiences provided will teach the students many valuable lessons and provide a hands-on, real application style of learning. We plan to extend this project to Carmichael Elementary School in the spring.
One major program success was its completion because of all the hard work that our members had to put into making the garden a reality.
- The buzz around the school in excited anticipation of the garden is spectacular
- Students and teachers alike are very excited to get growing and starting this spring, we will be able to make it all a reality
- Based off of other students' and other schools' experiences, we realize the impact a garden can make and as a result are already planning to build new ones all throughout the Sacramento region to make an even greater impact
Through the Grant and Aid program, Kids Helping Kids provides specific individuals in our community the opportunity to gain our help in overcoming large obstacles. We open an online application process to any child in need in the Sacramento area. We review the requests to decide who we can help and to what extent. In the past we have helped a variety of individuals, one example was the purchase of a specialized tricycle-like motor vehicle which allowed Dillon, a child with special needs, to develop critical motor skills and move independently. We also helped Lindsi, a young girl with cancer, who needed funds to continue to be able to travel to the chemotherapy she needed, along with a variety of other families in need. This past summer, we provided funds for a mission trip for a young lady named Faith, who wanted to help children in Africa with AIDS.
- One of our many success was helping a young boy named Dillon, who had special needs, obtain a special needs tricycle to help him develop his motor skills.
- We have also helped a family in our region made up of a grandmother and her three grandchildren. Although the three children had been put in her custody, the grandmother could not afford to support them all. As a result, Kids Helping Kids bought her many of the basic necessities for her and the kids such as clothes, food, and some financial help to get off their feet.
- One of our most recent success was a young girl named Lindsi who had cancer and asked us if we could help pay for her and her family to move to a better facility where she could receive better treatment. We gladly accepted and now she is in the right place to get all that she needs to beat her illness.