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KidWorks Seeks Support to Continue Transforming Lives

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La Voz Marketing recently attended the ‘OC Latino Leaders Reception’ for KidWorks and learned more about the organization’s vision for the future from Kidworks’ Executive Director David Benavides.

Since 1993, KidWorks has been transforming the lives of at-risk children, families and communities in central Santa Ana through educational support, health and fitness programs, and spiritual and leadership-development activities.

At the OC Latino Leaders Reception, we learned about the exceptional results that KidWorks has achieved and the potential for greater future impact.  KidWorks currently serves 700 children, youth and parents in Santa Ana and reaches over 3,000 community members annually.

Over the past 10 years, KidWorks has served over 15,000 community members through various programs and events.  In the past 5 years, 96% of students in the after school program graduated high school and 83% enrolled in college. Although KidWorks has been making progress, nearly 300 kids seeking support are still on the waitlist.

Santa Ana is the second largest city in the county and has a high number of youth.  Unfortunately, only 15% of Latino graduates from Santa Ana Unified School District had taken the A-G course requirements necessary to be eligible for admission to the California State University and University of California school systems (Source: CA Department of Education, 2013).  More specifically, only 52.9% of adults in Santa Ana have graduated high school, making it among the most undereducated large cities in the county.

We appreciate the efforts of KidWorks to improve the lives of youth in Santa Ana. In order to expand their programs and services to a wider audience, KidWorks is launching its ‘Building Dreams’ Campaign to raise $3 million dollars. KidWorks’ goal is to purchase the building adjacent to its current Dan Donahue Center in order to double the size and impact of KidWorks in the community. The building expansion project will include the following:

  •      Innovation Center
  •      Outdoor sports and recreation court
  •      Health Fit Lab
  •      Urban learning garden
  •      Technology Help Desk and Lending Station
  •      Learning Labs
  •      Volunteer Hub
  •      Multipurpose Room
  •      Stage
  •      Think Tank
  •      Recharge Station

The program’s goals are as follows:

  •      100% of preschool students will be assessed as “Kindergarten-ready”
  •      At least 80% of K-5th grade students, testing below grade level in language arts and math, will improve
  •      At least 90% of high school students will graduate in four years
  •      At least 90% of high school graduates will enroll in college

If you are moved by their mission, you can support KidWorks in achieving its goals by clicking here and becoming a Dream Builder for the next generation!