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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Dance, Education, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The Arts have a unique ability to engage and motivate children. The mission of Kids Excel El Paso is to use its distinctive dance programs to help children develop discipline, a standard or excellence, and self-confidence that will positively impact their education and all aspects of their lives - one dance step at a time!

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2200 children are participating in the 10-11 school year in 30 weekly classes for the entire 4th grade.

Geographic areas served: El Paso County

Programs: In-School classes for the entire 4th grade. Kids Excel is not a pull out program.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids Excel works with my Special Needs students. I like the positivity of the program they offer. Watching the students smile and knowing they are feeling good about themselves.

3 Olga2

Client Served

Rating: 5

For 4 years I was fortunate enough to have worked with Kids EXCEL at a school in El Paso. I remember bugging the new principal to bring them back because we were rated non acceptable at one point and she thought that it was just something taking from instructional time. School has never been rated like that again and they were even exemplary. I moved to Houston and I can tell I really miss having something like that despite my kids having art and music on a regular schedule. I wish they had Kids EXCEL here and really think is one of the best things that can happen to any school. Keep it up!!

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Kids Excel El Paso 10/10/2012

We miss you too, Olga!!! I wish we could work with your students! xxoo

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Kids Excel captures the focus and engagement of kids at just the right time in their life. The children in this program make noticeable advances in self confidence, discipline, and relating to others. These are all traits that will benefit their final stages of development into adulthood, while making measurable gains in keeping them in school. It's really a great organization that has taken an out of the box approach to making a difference for these children.

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Kids Excel El Paso 10/10/2012

Greg, thank you so much for your support and your deep understanding of our work in the community. Gemtria

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Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication shown by the staff of Kids Excel towards the mission and clients served is stellar. When I support Kids Excel, I can actually SEE the impact that my contribution makes, not only on individual children served, but also on the entire school population and even the community. In the years that I have supported Kids Excel, their programs have directly served over 12,000 children, and indirectly served 60,000 more. Their Sponsor a Child program is affordable philanthropy at its best. For only $300 per year, I am able to provide weekly programming and performance opportunities for one underserved child in El Paso. Keep up the great work!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

Kids Excel El Paso works with our 4th grade students on a weekly basis. I feel that the KEEP instructors and reps do a fine job motivating the students, however I am unsure if the program actually improves student discipline and self-motivation, outside the KEEP class.

Cheryl27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In a day and age when teaching is done to pass the TAKS test( Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) and 1 of 7 low-income, preschool-aged children is obese, Kids Excel is our answer. Children who participate in the program learn positive self image, physical cognitive skills, never give up attitude and a real love for learning. By attending the classes, performing at the assemblies, and show performances the children gain a powerful approach to learning determination, discipline, excellence and teamwork. Positive attention from peers, parents, and community members reinforces all that the children learn along the way.

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Kids Excel El Paso 03/02/2012

You really GET the program and the intentions behind it. :D

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Client Served

Rating: 5

All students served by Kid Excel thrive. This is one program where you see an immediate result in the students' self esteem. When it comes time for Kids Excel the students' faces light up because they have the opportunity to "shine". This program teaches students to listen and respond to commands with great respect for the instructors and each other. They are completely captivated by the energy of their music and dance. Through the creative talents of the instructors they plan an instructional objective which is taught through dance and music. Students are taught the discipline of following directions, respect for each other and working together as a team.

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Kids Excel El Paso 03/02/2012

prm1, I am happy to hear that you can see the results in the form of improved self esteem and respect.

Client Served

Rating: 5

KIDS EXCEL is in a category of their own. They work with every 4th grade student striving for each student's personal's best. We have had the privilege of having the program for the past few years and it is evident that our students self- esteem, and self-confidence have increased tremendously. Through the integration of music and movement which is encompassed with in our Educational environment has clearly increased student academic performance as well as their health. EQM

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Kids Excel El Paso 03/02/2012

Elvia, we are so happy to be working with your students!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has changed my life as well as the students, I see it happen physically, mentally, and emotionally. It's amazing to see the transformation happen!

Nancy37

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids Excel provides weekly instruction for every 4th grader at my school. Not only do our students learn to love dance and creative movement, they learn to work hard, give their personal best in everything they do, and never give up. The instructors truly care about each student. The program musicians play live for every class so no one can resist dancing their hearts out!

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Kids Excel El Paso 03/02/2012

Nancy, We love working with your students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids Excel is enriching the lives of our students at Tippin Elementary on a weekly basis. The performance I have witnessed was filled with fun, movement and enthusiasm. The lessons I saw were very meanful - true life lessons for our kids. My daughter loves participating in KidsExcel.

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Kids Excel El Paso 02/10/2011

Dear Parent of Tippin student. I am so happy to hear that you and your child are enjoying the program. We strive to teach the children to reach for excellence in all things they do, not just dancing, but every aspect of their lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow, what a fun and exciting program! The Kids EXCEL is everything you could hope for an interactive learning program for kids! I love to see them learn and move! It takes advantage of so many bodies of research about the importance of movement, music and learning. I wish it was a program every 4th grader in our district could do! It is a WONDERFUL resource!

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Kids Excel El Paso 02/10/2011

Thanks for the wonderful review. I am glad you and your students enjoy Kids Excel.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Kids Excel El Paso was amazing!!! As an educator it is very difficult to get kids interested and involved with anything, but my students loved this program. They looked forward to it every week. I have seen my students truly blossom because of this program. Even my shyest and quietest students came out of their shells. The best part is that not only are the kids active, they are also learning valuable skills such as respect, dedication, and hard work. What really blew me away was the way Kids Excel integrates state curriculum into their program, so students get to strengthen and practice the skills they have already learned in the classroom. Overall, Kids Excel was a very memorable and rewarding experience for everyone. I am looking forward to doing it again next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have seen a change in my students since we started the program in September. One student stands out the most, a resource student. It began slowly, but his memory, coordination, confidence, maturity and attention span in the classroom is showing such giant leaps. Even his handwriting is improving. All the students love the program and they are all showing inprove skills int the classroom. It should be in all schools. Our students do not have the opportunity to participate in many outside school activities because of costs, this program gives them the chance. It is definately a confidence builder and they love the presenters! It is such a pleasure to watch the kids and how they respond to live music. We need the grant to keep this program alive in our schools!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful program! I can't say enough about it. I am a teacher at Putnam Elementary. Kids EXCEL started last year (2009-2010), and our school was fortunate enough to get to go to The Plaza Theater to perform. The majority of these students had never even seen the theater before, but to get to actually be on the stage with an audience was an experience they will never forget.
My students look forward to Kids EXCEL every week. It teaches them discipline, listening skills, the ability to follow directions, and gives them much needed exercise in a very fun way. Our weeks consist of testing, testing, and more testing. This is a program that gives them a break from that monotonous routine. These students are missing out on the arts because of TAKS, benchmarks, and weekly assessments. This is their one reprieve.


Kim Jimerson
4th Grade Teacher
Putnam

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's wonderful to see the growth and break throughs in each child involved in this program. These children create maturity within themselves by being challenged and having a sense of accomplishment. Kids excel provides these rewards that are needed at this age level.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are few organizations that are of the same caliber as KIDS EXCEL. Going above and beyond does not portray an accurate picture of the hard work and dedication that the staff at Kids Excel provides for the children they serve.. The reputation of Kids Excel precedes them, parents, custodians and teachers are quick to point out that the staff is not only compassionate but dependable and reliable as well. The Kids Excel team posses a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, that is shared with all never expecting anything in return. They exhibit’s nothing other than a total commitment to any endeavor they are a part of. The team works hard to ensure students always perform in a commendable fashion and their work is nothing but high quality. The Kids Excel mantra is never give up and always do your personal best. They have made a lasting impact on all of our students and now even students who face many tough challenges never give up and always ensure to do their personal best! Kids Excels enthusiasm and passion for children has left a lasting impact on not only the staff, students, teachers but the parents as well. Kids Excel is a top notch organization! .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful program for the elementary students. To see their self esteem boost and the theatrical skills really help these students
come closer to their full educational potential. It just makes us smile!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a teacher and a parent, I can attest to the positive benefits of the KEEP program. I was VERY skeptical at first. I'm a male teacher and my son was going to be doing the program. I didn't quite like the idea of my learning "dance" for 45 minutes a week.
However, after sitting in on every practice and watching the rehearsals and the final performances, I can't properly express how much I appreciate the program. I love the people involved and the smiles on all of the students' faces after each practice. The students always came from practice refreshed and ready to work. I had the best TAKS scores I've ever had last year (the first year of the program at our school). I feel that having this program was a factor in that.
All fourth graders need to experience this wonderful program.

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Kids Excel El Paso 01/07/2011

Hi Mr. Gibson, Thanks for the wonderful review! I must say, however, that it is teachers like you who make our work successful. Your support and enthusiasm create value for the children who participate by letting them know that you think Kids Excel is important. Thanks! Gemtria

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids Excel of El Paso has positively impacted more than two hundred of our students in just two years. Our fourth graders have benefited physically, emotionally, and academically from dance. The learn that progress and acquiring a new skill takes discipline, effort, and a good attitude. The staff is highly professional and reliable. We are blessed to have them in El Paso!

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Kids Excel El Paso 01/07/2011

Principal Mendoza, It is a pleasure to work with your team of 4th grade teachers and students. Our experience of your school is always one of joy!