Dear Kids’ Chance Supporters, Colleagues and Friends,
What an exciting time for Kids’ Chance of America! We have achieved so much together over the past several years. Our ever-growing number of talented volunteers, partners, board members – and of course our “Kids”- join a community dedicated to helping students affected by a workplace injury pursue their educational goals.
This tremendous organizational growth has advanced founder Bob Clyatt’s original dream of a Kids’ Chance in every state. We have gained a real sense of momentum, increasing our funds through the generosity of our wonderful partners, providing our member states with additional scholarship funding to reach more students, convening our Council of State Organizations regularly to share best practices and provide valuable input to the national office, and most importantly, gaining real traction with our Planning for College initiative, which has assembled a large pipeline of current and future applicants.
Our focus now shifts from growing more states to sustaining the momentum we’ve created.
The single most important goal is to advance our member states. We have diverse organizations with a wide array of Kids’ Chance experiences, approaches and at various stages of their organizational life-cycle. Our job at Kids’ Chance of America is to help support our state organizations in any way possible in order for them to be more successful. We do that not by telling them what to do; but rather, by reaching out to assist them wherever they see the need.
Our second priority is, of course, increasing our scholarship impact. Our focus quite simply is more money for more kids. We want to thank our national partners who have helped to increase our visibility across the country, as well as those who have helped to propel our Planning for College initiative, which has grown to 350 potential scholarship applicants. In addition, we are working on identify best practices in the scholarship process so that all state organizations benefit from this shared knowledge.
We are thrilled to launch our second annual Kids’ Chance Awareness Week beginning on November 14, 2016. Please visit the website to see what’s happening across the country and to download your new 2016 Awareness Week button. With our focus on students and their stories, we continue to add stories to our Faces of Kids’ Chance gallery and look forward to sharing even more this year.
Bob Clyatt had a dream. He started with the help of just a few other people to provide much needed scholarships to students who may not be able to pursue college without them. The seeds that he planted have sprouted and flourished, with scholarships being awarded across the country. Our focus now turns to sustaining our momentum and building a foundation that will stand the test of time.
I look forward to sharing this journey with each of you,
Kids’ Chance of America