Kids In New Directions

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KIND is a free inner-city youth organization in Dayton, Ohio.  



KIND is dedicated to improving the lives of young people by building a foundation in Christianity through education and life experiences that will encourage them to change the world for good.


Read our statement of faith.

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What We Do

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Each day at KIND offers something new and exciting. Whether it's help with academic classes, a chance to be creative in art, serving the community, or adding to their life skills, our kids are always learning. KIND features an afterschool program, a summer program,  mentoring program, neighborhood improvement program, and family support program. Our programs focus on the whole child - mind, body, and soul - and your donations remove the potential barriers of price, transportation, and food, making that support accessible to every child.


Free Transportation

1:9 Teacher to Student Ratio


Social-Emotional Learning

Bible Lessons

Homework Help

Computer Access

Arts & Crafts

Exercise & Play

Hot & Healthy Meals

Guest Speakers & Field Trips

Positive Behavior Rewards 

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Meet the Team

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Anna Harbaugh

Substitute Teacher

Joined 2019

Anna is originally from Kettering and remained in the area after graduating from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She is currently working as an ESL teacher for Dayton Public Schools and she substitutes and teaches creative writing at KIND. She enjoys being outside, hiking, and riding her bike.

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Belinda Brown
Elementary School Teacher
Joined 2018


Bertin Gasana
Family Liason
Joined 2021

Bertin is a native of Rwanda, a Partner at Valens Solutions, a nonprofit organization in Dayton, and is a community interpreter of Kinyarwanda, Swahili and French. Before moving to the USA, Bertin taught elementary school in Rwanda and later computer studies and French for high school students in Kenya. Bertin is well travelled and fluent in navigating different cultures. Bertin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and holds a Certificate in English for foreign students, intermediate level. 


Ignace Harerimana

Program Assistant

Joined 2020

Ignace was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and grew up in Rwanda where he graduated from Group Scolaire Rwinzovu with a specialization in math, economics, and computer science. He moved to Dayton in 2017 and likes working at KIND to help students build community. He enjoys helping new refugees and immigrants. He plans to continue  his education at Sinclair Community College.

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Paula Brown
Program Assistant
Joined 2014


Serina Leonard
Program Assistant
Joined 2021

Serina is from Columbus, Ohio. She is a senior at Central State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English Literature. After graduation, she plans to apply to Memphis Teacher Residency to serve in under-resourced areas in a Christian context.  Serina also loves the art of creative writing and traditional West African dancing. Although this is her first official time working with youth, she’s already cherishing her experiences. 

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Alex Ameter
Elementary School Teacher
Joined 2021

Alex grew up in Gahanna, Ohio and has lived in multiple locations within the United States, South Korea, and Afghanistan. He graduated from Ohio State with a BA in International Relations and Political Science, Norwich University with an MA in Diplomacy, and is currently pursuing an MA in TESOL at Ohio Dominican. Alex previously worked for the US Army to help strengthen local relationships in South Korea and Afghanistan, and as a researcher for a foreign policy think tank in New York. He currently works as a middle school teacher in Yellow Springs. He loves working to help the students at KIND grow and thrive on their own terms.


Amanda Perez
Middle School Teacher
Joined 2021

Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from Southern Adventist University. Her passion for working with children led her to be a missionary teacher on the Pacific island of Palau for 2 ½ years. She taught 3rd grade for 1 year then moved to the high school as the guidance counselor and girls’ dean. In her free time, she enjoys playing ukulele, cooking, and spending time in nature. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in occupational therapy. She is excited to be working with the amazing students at KIND!


Angela Rowe
Middle School Teacher
Joined 2018

Angela graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in molecular biology and from University of Cincinnati with an MS in educational leadership. She has worked 5 years as a high school science teacher with Dayton Public Schools and 8 years with the Dublin Latchkey afterschool enrichment program. At KIND she teaches math and loves the cultural diversity and ability to share her faith in Christ with students. As a hobby, Angela enjoys art and painting.

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Brian Ebright

Administrative Assistant

Joined 2020

After taking French and Spanish in high school, Brian enlisted in the Navy to see the world.  He served onboard two nuclear submarines and had experiences like going up to the Arctic Circle and transiting through the Panama Canal.  He went to Wright State University and earned his Bachelor's Degree in English with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  He enjoys working at KIND because he sees that everyone there is helping improve the lives of the families in our area.

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Mary Beth Scott
Elementary School Teacher
Joined 2021

Mary Beth has worked with youth in Dayton and the surrounding area for over 23 years. She attended the University of Dayton and studied Secondary Education English/Language Arts. However she found her niche in Early Childhood Education and hasn’t left since. She is an
expert in Social/Emotional well-being and advocates the importance of students' mental health. She enjoys all things nature and believes, “EVERY student has an amazing purpose... it’s my job to give them the confidence, love, and skills needed to share that gift with the world!"

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Tim Mitchell
Elementary School Teacher
Joined 2015 

Tim was born in Muskegon, Michigan but grew up in Beavercreek, Ohio and has lived in Dayton for 15 years. He earned a Bachelors degree at Michigan State University and currently works as a kindergarten teacher at Valley View Local Schools. He teaches STEM at KIND and likes that KIND gives students experiences that they would otherwise not have.

Now that you know our staff, meet our board members!



Every child needs guidance and love. Your donation makes it possible for a child in Dayton to access that free of charge. Between all our programs, a student will be picked up and brought to KIND 180 times per year, fed 180 hot meals, take home 350 pounds of food, receive 290 hours of instruction, experience 110 hours of active movement and play, go on 10 field trips, and attend 15 special events. Donations can be made via PayPal, the Dayton Foundation (fund code 6845), or by check (mail to 2338 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45403). We also have a list of needed prizes, snacks, cleaning supplies, and school supplies.


Get to know our many sponsors!



Volunteering at KIND is a wonderful experience and a way for you to invest your time in helping children of your community learn and grow. Our volunteers have the power to change our kids lives for the better, one day at a time. 

Depending on their interests and experiences, volunteers may help students with homework, teach special skills, chaperone on field trips, join in the fun at recess, and more.

If you are interested in volunteering, please read the volunteer description and contact us to discuss the ways in which you might help. 

See our COVID protocols.


Work at KIND


We are always looking to add great people to our team. If you are looking for a part-time job where you can make a difference in kids' lives, then KIND may be a good fit for you!


We will interview new applicants if you simply send your resume to and you meet the qualifications below. Even if the position is filled, we are happy to bring new people on as substitutes until a regular opportunity is available. In addition to the afterschool program, weekend and summer hours are available.

Program Assistants drive students to and from the program and monitor students during recess and dinner. Must be available Monday to Thursday, from 3:15pm to 7:15pm during the school year.

Elementary School Teachers teach reading and social-emotional learning. Must be available at least 1 day per week, Monday to Thursday, from 4:30pm to 6:10pm during the school year. Bachelor's degree and previous teaching experience required.

Middle School Teachers teach social-emotional and life skills. Must be available at least 2 days per week, Monday to Thursday, from 4:30pm to 6:45pm during the school year.  Bachelor's degree and previous teaching experience required.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Who are the kids that attend KIND?

KIND is currently open to any child from kindergarten to 8th grade who live in zip codes 45403 and 45410. We have a long wait list, so we hope to grow the program to serve more students and older ages.

What do the children need?

Many of Dayton's children face significant challenges towards their development. Food insecurity. Academic gaps. English as a second language. Limited home supervision. Transportation barriers. Lack of financial resources for extracurricular activities. Nearby crime and drug use. The children need positive and stable relationships, support systems, and experiences to help them overcome those challenges and thrive to their full potential.

How can I help?

There are many ways to support the kids at KIND. You can volunteer. Your organization can provide free or discounted activities or materials. You can donate money or supplies. You can share our Facebook posts with your network of friends. You can talk to your church or employer about KIND. You can pray for our students, staff, and community.

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