Every Kid Counts main focus is to provide assistance to our community’s youth. This is made possible through three main programs: Educational, Athletic and Philanthropic. The youths who participate in the programs will be given a great opportunity to learn, be involved and find solutions to the challenges they are facing in today’s society. When these programs work together, they help to create a well-balanced sociological life.
Educational Programs are where the largest part of the charity’s budget is designated.
Books to Bikes Literacy and Obesity Prevention Program: This Program was established for the sole purpose of helping our community’s youth overcome the many challenges that they are faced with on a daily basis and to enhance their reading and writing skills through the encouragement and opportunity to win a brand new bike. The role out of this program began in October of 2012 and through November 2017. With over 89,000 books having been read, and reports written and 900 bikes presented to the winners of each monthly program in 9 schools effecting over 6000 students.
Stuff the Pack Back to School Drive, Designed to help fill hundreds of backpacks with school supplies for needy families prior to the new school year. This past drive for 2017 EKC raised and distributed over 2500 Stuffed back Packs to several schools and military families.
Character Counts Scholarship Program: Annually 9 students from the Creighton Elementary School District, whom are graduating from the 8th grade, are chosen by the teachers and staff on the basis of Character improvement and awarded a $250.00 Back to school gift card to assist in school supplies for high school. These Scholarships are funded by donations and contributions by individuals and families.
Athletic Programs are definitely a compliment to the educational system, for it instills discipline, desire, dedication and determination. These elements, if properly taught, will assist the educational instructors with disciplinary factors. The objective is to provide athletic assistance to every young boy/girl, by helping with equipment, scholarships, and field refurbishing as well as helping kids to participate in the following organizations:
Leadership Through Sports Program:
Philanthropic Programs help to complete the goal of EKC. Where education programs enhance the mind and athletic programs enhance the physical structure, philanthropic programs enhance character of the kids.
Kids Helping Kids Mentoring Program: Kids working as peer leaders to support the efforts of their peers in an out of the school setting. This program will provide the opportunity for the participating youth to also work in the community.
Holiday Events: Many times throughout the year our ever growing volunteer core assists in providing special events to under privileged children around the state. These events include Easter events at various parks, Halloween Events, Annual Christmas Parties held for children from single parent households, (held in conjunction with the Single Parents Association) and an annual Food and Toy drive for children of homeless, military, adopted or poor families. In 2017, thanks to the support of Chase Bank Employees, Level 3 Communications, Right Toyota, Several family parties and a host of donations from all over the state EKC raised and distributed over 7000 toys.