KIND 2012 – 2013
Around 70 children in grades K-12 are registered for the after school program which is held Monday through Wednesday during the school year with a focus on health and hygiene, education, and mentoring. Our goal for 2013-2014 is to continue our Educational Improvement Programs in cooperation with the University of Dayton, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, K12 Gallery for Young People, and the Kids College “Learning Through Sports” to ensure our children are at or above their grade level in core subject areas.
After their educational activities, the children are divided into age and skill level for group activities. These may include art projects, games, character lessons, reading time, Bible lessons, computers, and exercise. Before the children are transported home, KIND volunteers provide a nutritious meal, which is served family-style with staff and volunteers.
About every two months, children who have behaved well and shown kindness toward others earn the privilege of going on a field trip. These trips are designed to be both educational and fun, and give many of the children the chance to go to places they normally wouldn’t get to experience – again emphasizing the many opportunities that are available to them if only they are willing to work toward them. Some of the trips is Newport Aquarium, The Nutcracker, the circus, and The Creation Museum.
2013 saw one of the best summer programs we have ever had at KIND. An average of 75 kids and teens joined us for activities on a daily basis. Some of the activities were weekly trips to the YMCA for swimming lessons and planting a summer garden. One of the goals during the summer program is to get the children/teens out into the community and get active. KIND follows the get up and play for at least an hour a day to maintain a active and healthy lifestyle.
A key component of our mission is youth over the age of 12, which represent 30% of our program participants. Youth participants are evenly split between young men and ladies. KIND and our partner foundations have invested significant time and money in the development of these children. We want to ensure we meet their needs in adolescence through structured programs that will create success in life. It is our mission to ensure we develop and reinforce as many of the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets as possible creating success in adolescence that carry forward to life.