Kevin Turner, president of Kids’ Chance of America, promoted the Kids’ Chance mission to more than 350 people attending Paradigm Outcomes Network Managers’ Summit in Colorado Springs in October.
“I encourage you to give your time and leadership ability to support Kids’ Chance in the states where you’re active,” Turner told the group largely comprised of catastrophic case managers from all over the U.S.
Turner outlined goals for KCOA in 2019, including securing continued and new financial commitments from industry partners that would allow KCOA and the state organizations to reach more kids in need.
“State organizations need leadership support, sponsors, and kids of any age for scholarships,” said Turner, who is chief sales officer for Paradigm Outcomes.
Seth Frohman, vice president of scholarships for Kids’ Chance of California, shared his inspiration for volunteering: The students. One example is Jaden Raye, a scholarship recipient and recent University of California Berkeley graduate.
“Jaden was one of our first scholars,” Frohman told the group. “And Jaden really is an inspiration. Her mother was injured when she was 13 and she worked as a waitress to support herself and her brother, also a Kids’ Chance of California scholarship recipient.”
Frohman said the California organization has had great success increasing the number scholarship applications. The group had a great response from a direct letter-writing campaign from State Compensation Insurance Fund of California to their claimants, as well as outreach to high school guidance counselors publicizing the Kids’ Chance scholarship program.
“We went from 9 to 39 scholarship applications. That’s a good problem to have,” Frohman said. “So as you identify students of injured workers, send them our way.”