ATHLETES FOR KIDS

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Disabilities, Human Services, Economic Development

Location: 3020 Issaquah Pine-Lake Road #254 Sammamish WA 98075 USA

Mission: OUR MISSION: To change the lives of children with disabilities and special needs and to improve our communities by educating youth and modeling inclusion and acceptance. OUR VISION: A Community Where All Kids Are Celebrated.
Programs: Athletes For Kids is a youth mentoring program serving children with special needs and disabilities of all kinds. The “Kids” in our name are children grades 1-8 being mentored by our program. The “Athletes” are high school athletes who make a commitment to mentor one child for the duration of their high school career. Our mission is to create communities where all children of all abilities are celebrated. We do this by providing dedicated, young mentors to children who are in need of a friend.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been extremely impressed with this organization since my son, who is a junior in HS, joined it a few months ago. This organization is very serious about their program and very well organized. They spend quite a bit of time finding well-rounded HS athletes and do an excellent job of matching them with a buddy. My son truly enjoys spending time w/ his buddy who has practically become another member of our family. Being a mentor brings a very different perspective to these young athletes and an unforgettable life experience for everyone involved.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son is a volunteer/mentor with AFK. I am impressed with the organization and ideals. It is a great way for HS athletes to help kids and do what they enjoy. My son has attended his buddy's soccer games and helped to build confidence. It is rewarding to see my son find time in his busy week to go play with his "buddy". There are newsletters and trainings along with planned service projects for the mentors in the community. It is a fantastic organization for HS students to be involved in.

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

An amazing organization that makes a difference in so many lives. My two daughters have benefited in so many ways from their time as mentors with Athletes for Kids. I know the kids and families they've mentored have found the experience to be valuable as well. We're very lucky to have this organization in our community providing an opportunity for kids of every ability to make friends and learn from each other.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son is a volunteer/mentor in the program. He has been paired with a child who has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. He visits with this child for a couple hours every week to help him with schoolwork or just hang out and have fun. My son is a senior in high school and as part of an essay on a college application he wrote this about his experience: "After five months of being his mentor, I now consider (the child) my good friend. He really looks up to me, and I never thought I would have such a big impact on him. His mother told me he really enjoys my visits and is very glad we got matched together. (The child) and I have really connected and this has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life." I thank Athletes for Kids for establishing this wonderful charity, and for enabling my son to make a difference in someone else's life.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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