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Kickstart Kids

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Youth Development

Mission: Within every child is the power to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. Following in the vision of our founder Chuck Norris, we believe that power can be unlocked through the martial arts. Kickstart Kids teaches character through karate to empower youth with core values, such as discipline and respect, to achieve their greatest potential. Black belt instructors deliver daily in-school lessons that create a positive impact on students, their families, schools, and communities. Since its inception in 1992, more than 100,000 youth have benefited from this one-of-a-kind, life-changing program.

Results: Martial arts world champion, actor, and philanthropist Chuck Norris founded Kickstart Kids in 1990 with the help of President George H. W. Bush. The program was launched in four schools in 1992. This year, more than 10,000 students are enrolled in 62 schools across the state of Texas. Since its inception, more than 100,000 students have benefited from this one-of-a-kind, life-changing program.

Target demographics: The goals of the Kickstart Kids program are to enhance character development, and positively impact school and family connections, to empower students to achieve their greatest potential.

Geographic areas served: Texas

Programs: Kickstart Kids is a Texas Education Agency recognized, in-school physical education program that teaches character through karate to middle and high school students. Daily lessons include martial arts instruction and lessons from our unique values curriculum. The eight core values of honesty, loyalty, courage, discipline, respect, dedication, kindness and responsibility are deliberately layered within the physical training to equip students to make positive choices under pressure so they can be successful in all aspects of life.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been with kickstart for 3 years now and loves it. It gives her more confidence in doing anything she wants. The instructors are awesome and very helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not thank enough for this program because my daughter Abríl is so happy, she loves her instructor and she loves practicing. She’s always been to herself but with character so this is something she really enjoys. Please help out so our school always has KARATE!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kickstart Kids is a life changer!! My daughter has been in the program going on 4 yrs. The program has given her that extra boost to be more confident. She has grown so much and now know what she wants when she grows up. Kickstart Kids is one of a kind in all areas!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I began my Kickstart Kids journey in the 6th grade as a white belt student and 14 years later I am a Kickstart Kids instructor. I joined because of the karate but I stayed because of the lessons I learned and the people I connected with. Today I am the instructor at a school with 100+ students. I am a leader and role mode in this community and I am blessed to serve these kids. Children remind me why I love my job, teaching character through martial arts is on of my passions. I hope I continue to give back to the organization that brought me up.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So when I decided to write this review I thought about the things I wanted to say about my daughters and my experiences with kickstart. I truthfully
dont know where to start.
My daughter is mentally disabled and Kickstart have her confidence she didn't have. It gave her a chance to interact with kids her own age with and without disabilities. It gave her a chance to be normal. But the greatest thing about this organization is that it treats all kids equally. It doesn't matter if your disabled or not. If your on the homecoming court or your the person who sits at lunch alone. It doesn't matter if your rich or poor. It doesn't matter what your skin color is or what language you speak. Every child is treated equally. They are treated with respect and they are greatly cared for by kickstart kid instructors. The students are not only taught karate but they are also taught to care for each other. They are taught values that will help them through there entire life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Kickstart Kids. This organization has been beyond a blessing to my daughter and our family. She has found confidence in herself again! Her coach is amazing and he is forever a part of our family. If you have a child that has the unique opportunity to join Kickstart .... don't hesitate. Its the best thing you can do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KickStart Kids has made a great impact in our lives. The instructors are extremely caring and motivating while promoting positive energy, core values and respect for yourself and others. Our Karate instructor, Chelsea Clark, has been a wonderful role model for our child. Kickstart Kids isn’t just about Karate it makes an impact that will stay with you for a lifetime.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a former student of the kickstart kids organization from age 12-14. As someone who wasn’t too into sports such as football or basketball. Being a part of a martial arts team gave me a sense of belonging. My instructor was like a father figure to me and my classmates were like my brothers and sisters. This organization did so much for me as a preteen and still to this day I am grateful.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son just loves the Kickstart program and his instructor Ms. Clark. This program has helped him grow and be so much more confident in himself. For him being Autistic he wasn’t able to join in many programs but for the fact that this program has welcomed him with such open arms has been amazing. He is such a better student for it also. His instructor goes way above and beyond. We have been truly blessed with such a wonderful person who has the patience and the love for our kiddos!!! He is always so happy to be going to school and doing work with such confidence!!! We are incredibly thankful for this program!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program goes beyond what is mean't to do. The instructors at this program go above and beyond for their students and I was very fortunate enough to be blessed with a mentor that not only was an awesome instructor but who I've come to see as a best friend and a 2nd father figure. And til this day is still active in my life as a young adult. Not only has this program taught me how to defend myself but has also taught me the values that I use in my life and making friends along the way who I met in middle school and til this day still have contact with and consider family.

If you're looking for a program that will teach your children to become great citizens, this is the program! Also having the legendary, Chuck Norris as your grand master is also a plus!