Kids In New Directions
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. 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.
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.
What We Do
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.
1:10 Teacher to Student Ratio
Arts & Crafts
Exercise & Play
Hot & Healthy Meals
Guest Speakers & Field Trips
Positive Behavior Rewards
Meet the Staff
Laura Helsby-Executive Director
Ellie Broadbent-Program Director
KIND's Board of Directors guide the organization to carry out its mission and give generously of their time, talents, and treasures.
David Judson - President - CEO of JJR Solutions
Jeff Evans - Vice President - President of Evans Energy
Nancy Hines - Secretary - Registered Nurse (R)
Ralph Rolfe - Treasurer - Owner of Covenant Financial Concepts and CPA (R)
Dr. Brian K. Hayes - Member - Senior Pastor of Engrafted Word Family Church
Keith Valiquette - Member - Account Executive at Energy Systems Group
Kenny Williams - Member - CEO of Astute Consulting