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.
COVID-19 Statement: KIND is committed to keeping our students, staff, and community safe during COVID-19. Our procedures include health screenings, required mask-wearing indoors, limited gathering sizes, social distancing among non-family members, frequent handwashing, air ventilation and filtration, and regular disinfecting of surfaces
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.
1:9 Teacher to Student Ratio
Exercise & Play
Hot & Healthy Meals
Art & Music
Guest Speakers & Field Trips
English as a Second Language
Meet the Team
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, provide individual tutoring or mentoring, chaperone on field trips, serve meals, 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.
Work at KIND
KIND is planning to grow and will be looking for more great staff members. If you are looking for a part-time job with a great work environment where you can make a difference in kids' lives, then KIND may be a good fit for you! If you are reliable, engaging, compassionate, and fun then you might be a good fit for KIND!
Teachers must be available at least 2 days per week, Monday to Thursday, from 4:40pm to 6:10pm during the school year and/or 10:00am to 4:00pm during the summer.
Program assistants must be available 4 days per week, Monday to Thursday, from 3:40pm to 7:10pm during the school year and/or 10:00am to 4:00pm during the summer.
Please send resumes and inquiries to Tim Honchel at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the kids that attend KIND?
KIND is currently open to any child from kindergarten to 6th 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.