Kids Empowering Kids

Connecting homeless families with teens in their community looking to share their talents and time.

Why?

Kids Empowering Kids is an organization that connects children that are homeless or underprivileged with youth in their community looking to share their talents and time. We empower youth on both sides: providing free access to arts and crafts, music, sports, and tutoring for families that are homeless and an outlet for talented youth looking to volunteer and connect.

How?

Our database connects organizations of kids with an interest in community service to organizations that consolidate kids in need. This leverages work that’s already been done.

Who?

KEK is currently available to families at Family Promise Metrowest in Natick, MA. However, in the future, we plan to expand to other Family Promise shelters across the United States.

Partners

Volunteer Partner

Natick High School Key Club

The NHS Key Club is a service leadership organization for high school students. Its purpose is to develop initiative, leadership ability and good citizenship. Key Club offers leadership opportunities and provides service to the school and community. Our chapter is sponsored by the Natick Kiwanis Club. Meetings will be held every third Monday from 2:20-3:00 p.m. in 336.

Faculty Advisors: Mr. Justin Voldman, Mr. David Casey

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Volunteer Partner

Needham High School Family Promise Club

This is a club to raise awareness about family homelessness and to help out families involved in the Family Promise Organization. Club members can participate in fundraising, providing dinners and playing with the children. The club members are urged to engage in the events held by Family Promise several times a year. In return, club members receive community service hours and a sense that they are contributing to a worthwhile cause.

Faculty Advisor: Jill Krajewski

Student Leader: Harrison Maron

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Family Partner

Family Promise Metrowest Natick, MA Shelter

1. An hour-and-a-half training is required to volunteer at this Family Partner.

2. Click this Link and then click Volunteer training for Training Location/Time: www.mihn.pbwiki.com

3. Please specify Kids Empowering Kids as your referral source on your training date. Also, you must sign up for the Kids Empowering Kids Cervis group after your training, so we can verify that you're an official Family Promise Volunteer. 

4. Resources at the Natick Shelter: Soccer Balls, Toys, Piano, Scooters, Bikes

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Volunteer Partner

Dover-Sherborn High School Time Out For Kids Club

1. Time Out For Kids is an organization comprised of students whose motto is “Kids Helping Kids”. Club activities include the annual Spelling Bee, raffles, children’s concerts and clothing drives. Past funds have been used for Free The Children, donating textbooks for Indian schools, purchasing library books for the village library in Pang Liu China, and for sending students to Safe Haven camp for students with AIDS. Time Out For Kids meets once a month. The average number of members is 15. 

Faculty Advisor: Rebecca Vizulis

Club Leaders: Eleanor Griffiths, Victoria Tso

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The Rivers School Family Promise Club

The goal of Family Promise Metrowest at Rivers is to educate both members of the club and the school about homelessness and to work with FPM (familypromisemetrowest.org) to address both immediate needs, as well as learning about long-term solutions. Club members get to experience guest speakers and volunteer with the program by making meals and interacting with the families! 
Faculty Advisor: Ms. Katharine Cunningham
Club Leaders: Sarah Bargamian, Stephanie Dailey 

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Sponsors

Nation Media, LLC

The Kids Empowering Kids portal couldn't have been done without the help of Nation Media. Click the following link to learn more about how Nation Media can design and develop a NationBuilder-powered digital infrastructure for your cause or campaign. 

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Charles Rivers Medical Associates in Millis, MA: Kathryn Ellis, M.D.

Located on 730 Main St., Millis, MA, O2053, Dr. Ellis is one of the eighty providers associated with Charles Rivers Medical Associates, chosen for their "skill, compassion and commitment to improving their patients lives through the most advanced medical techniques and technology available." Dr. Ellis' generous donation to Kids Empowering Kids has, in part, made our database and services possible. Click the link for exceptional health providers like Dr. Ellis!!!

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Deborah Riester, M.D. Internal Medicine and Endocrinology

Dr. Riester is affiliated with MetroWest Medical Center and Newton Wellesley Hospital and is accepting new patients for both internal medicine and endocrinology as well as continuing to care for her patients from Medical Associates of Greater Boston. Call 508.875.3926 or click the link below for exceptional medical care!!! Dr. Riester's generous contribution to Kids Empowering Kids has helped allow us to keep our database running and provide services to families in shelter. We could not do what we do without donors and sponsors like her. 

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