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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: Our mission is to teach children the important life skills that will empower them to achieve their personal best in life.

Results: Harper for Kids works with 60 public K-12 schools throughout California.

Target demographics: Youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000 youths

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: Youth Character Development – teaching youth important life skills that can help them achieve their personal best in life. HFK's program is based upon legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success and we help schools incorporate it into their character education program.

Community Stories

60 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids is wonderful! This tool helps our students and teachers reinforce positive behaviors and KINDNESS! Recently, our students were able to video conference with Dr. Flagler (an architect/engineer). They were very excited to learn about his building process. It's great that our student's are able to see student's from other states. They are able to see how other students are also following the Pyramid of Success and showing kindness towards other.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having The Harper for Kids Pyramid of Success at our school has been beneficial to our entire school and student body. It's a wonderful approach to tie academic focus and excellence in character building using the blocks of success. We use the blocks of the pyramid to reinforce positive behavior, physical education, and learning focus. The Zoom presentations help teachers deliver content and rich conversations to include character building. We love the Pyramid for Success at Rancho Mirage Elementary!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Harper for Kids and their dedication to helping our students find success! They provide amazing support. We are grateful for their time and effort in creating meaningful experiences for our students through Zoom with successful guests who demonstrate the words from the pyramid.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids is wonderful! Our daughter, Emma, was introduced to the program through a tennis clinic and has really taken to it. She had the sportsmanship pledge memorized at age 4, loves reading her Inch & Miles book, and now at age 6, already understands what success looks like. I really believe that learning about the building blocks of the pyramid has been part of what makes her work hard on her spelling list each week, keep focus in karate class, and get through a more difficult than normal swimming class, even when she's a little nervous at the start. This program is a great way to instill wonderful disciplines in children in a very fun and engaging way. Anyone who has the opportunity would be lucky to be involved with such a wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been a privilege for Valencia Park Elementary School to be able to use John Wooden's Pyramid of Success to incorporate character traits into positive behavior reinforcement. As a UCLA graduate, I am proud to share Wooden's legacy with my kids in order to help them grow into emotionally-intelligent, well-rounded adults.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two Bunch Palms has been very fortunate to work with Harper for Kids and Tim and Peanut Harper. Tim and Peanut are so easy and fun to work with. They go above and beyond to make sure that our school has the resources and materials necessary to teach our students Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. As we begin our second year, our students and staff are excited about working harder to achieve each of the character traits and participate in Zoom presentations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has made a monumental impact on entire school community. Our students look to the Pyramid of Success for active guidance in their decisions and goals.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,
The staff, students, and parents at Northwood Elementary are so fortunate to be working with Harper for Kids! Tim and Peanut Harper are so passionate about helping children be their personal best and pour their heart and soul into every school they work with. We started this character education program this year, and our students have already embraced Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success and are truly engaged in it and are working hard to build every block towards their journeys to success!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has been an impactful partner for Northwood Elementary. The students and staff have benefited from the inspiring stories of leaders who have worked at becoming their personal best and live their dream.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has gone above and beyond to help my students reach their potential. I taught 8th grade last year at Scholarship Prep Public School in Oceanside. This year I am teaching 5th and 6th grade and I look forward to working HFK again.

Kim Mahrley D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids does a great job of teaching kids character traits and laying the foundation with the traits kids need to become kind, hardworking, successful adults.

Lisa K.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many of our teachers have been teaching Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success to students because they believe that character education is the cornerstone of strong moral development. This year we have launched the Pyramid of Success Framework schoolwide at Gordon J. Lau Elementary. We want to thank Tim and Peanut for their continued support. Students see our mural and want to learn more. We look forward to reporting our progress this year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Coach Wooden Pyramid poems have been written on poster paper with each student's signature. Every morning after the pledge, the whole class recites each poem (two so far!) and we discuss opportunities to demonstrate the qualities throughout our day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has been wonderful in helping my school implement Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. The Harpers have been so generous in their donation of time and resources to make this program successful. Thank you for helping us teach our students how to be their personal best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has been a valuable resource for our school! We have been able to introduce John Wooden's Pyramid of Success while incorporating the book Inch and Miles. I have noticed a difference in my students' attitude, drive, and empathy toward their work and classmates. I am so thankful for this organization and excited to use it this year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fremont Elementary School is partnering with Harper for Kids for the first time this school year and our experience has been exceptional. They take John Wooden’s Pyramid for Personal Success and organize it in such a way that allows our teachers an easy way to teach specific character traits every month of the school year. They provided us with the lessons, charts, picture book, staff development and lots of communication. The best part, they helped us to re-design our current behavior reinforcement system to integrate the new with what already existed. They will even be providing us a school assembly in mid-September. It is amazing that they are able to support our school for free!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for kids is the best! We have partnered for two years to bring Character Education to my school. John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is easily taught to elementary aged students in my school because of the wonderful support and resources. They have provided multiple opportunities to my stidents so they could hear directly from professional athletes about the importance of Personal Best! The ability to have a common language around behavioral expectations has been hands down one of the biggest benefits of this program. Also, I cannot say enough positive comments about Tim and Peanut themselves, as they are so supportive and helpful! I am such a strong supporter of the Pyramid of Success and Harper for Kids that I brought it to my school district and made a presentation ablit this wonderful program and how it can help enhance their school(s) as well. Thank you Harper For Kids for all you do for children! You are truly making a lasting impact in the lives of children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a first year principal and I have changed the schools whole Positive Behavior Plan to follow Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. The kids love getting the Blue Devil Bucks and in return they have to tell me why they received the buck and which part of the Pyramid of Success did they do to earn the Blue Devil Buck. I recently had a pizza party for the kids that have followed the Pyramid of Success. Every one of them told me which part of the Pyramid that they have been working on so far this school year. It has been a huge success. I read Coach Wooden's quotes every day on the announcements to remind the students to give their personal best 100% of the time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Woodland Elementary School in Costa Mesa, CA has been partnering with Tim and Peanut Harper of Harper for Kids for over 10 years! They have taken Coach John Wooden's book, Inch and Miles, the Journey to Success, and have brought it to life through sports, teamwork, art, laughter, encouragement and of course, friendship!
In first grade, we read aloud to our students all the time! Many teachers have put together Inch and Miles Libraries, based on on the Building Blocks of the Pyramid. For example, "Friendship" might include books such as Amos & Boris, Hooway for Wodney Wat or The Giving Tree, while "Determination" could include books like Wilma Unlimited, Winners Never Loose and Long Shot.
On the online Epic website or app, teachers can also create Libraries or Collections based on the Pyramid of Success. The possibilities are endless!
Harper for Kids has really helped to make these building blocks of character REAL to our students and families. It has become part of who they ARE and will hopefully remain as part of their foundation always!
Carol Gaylord
First Grade Teacher


Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has been a tremendously positive influence on our students, staff, and overall school culture. We are especially grateful for the time they have spent with our students, explaining the foundation and importance of the Pyramid of Success and how it can help guide them towards their "personal best". Tim and Peanut have been a joy to work with and we hope to continue our partnership with HFK for years to come!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HFK has been a life saver in my classroom & school wide! It has enabled me to reach deep within each one of my students to bring out their best character from the beginning on the very first day of school! My third graders walk around representing each block of the POS & constantly spreading the positive vibes throughout our community reaching families everywhere they go! It has been a blessing partnering up with Harper For Kids & bringing Coach Wooden’s vision to life year after year! Thank You to both Coach Tim & Peanut for their friendship & guidance for the past 6 years!