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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Bands & Ensembles, Children & Youth, Music, Youth Development

Mission: The Kids from Wisconsin professionally trains selected, passionate youth ages 15-20, from across the state to provide family-friendly musical performances to over 100,000 people annually. A KFW experience enhances our members’ professional performing skills, along with developing leadership potential through local outreach programs that teach, mentor and inspire children through the performing arts. KFW also partners with many community service groups to deliver affordable, high-quality entertainment, while helping them raise needed funds for local projects in the communities where they perform.

Target demographics: to provide family-friendly musical performances to over 100,000 people annually. A KFW experience enhances our members’ professional performing skills, along with developing leadership potential through local outreach programs that teach, mentor and inspire children through the performing arts. KFW also partners with many community service groups to deliver affordable, high-quality entertainment, while helping them raise needed funds for local projects in the communities where they perform.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Members not only live and work together all summer, through leadership training they learn to provide outreach to underserved youth and other groups before performances. A KFW experience enhances our members professional performing skills and leadership potential.

Geographic areas served: The Kids from Wisconsin professionally trains selected, passionate youth ages 15-20, from across the state

Programs: The organization provides a music & dance group for the wisconsin state fair and other county fairs & events both in & outside of wi

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 gbrewer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, and life-changing experience for our daughter.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a former Kid from way back in 1971 and 1972. My experience was during the 3rd and 4th years of the Kids.This was a fairly new idea of a group of talented young people coming together to do something musically positive for the State of Wisconsin. I think we all felt a huge responsibility to represent a positive image of youth in Wisconsin at that time. I realized many things about myself during these years, and what abilities I could continue to develop beyond my Kids From Wisconsin experience. Thank You!

2 Denise165

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KFW has been a wonderful experience for us! My son was a KID for two years (47-48).

The training provided to these kids as performers, encouraging them to be their best, well…....it’s immeasurable! The KFW entire staff instills values, respect, responsibility and support on a daily basis to our kids, whether it is at camp, on tour, or at the Tommy.

As a parent of a KID, I always felt at ease when my son traveled with this group. They have always taken very good care of our kids 24/7. He often spoke about the great experiences he had during his travels with the troupe and you could tell it must have been a fun time by the smile on his face.

As a parent of a performer, the KIDS experience was always a proud moment and an honor for me to say that I am a parent of a Kid From Wisconsin!

The friendships made have been with the most amazing people you could imagine and will last a life time. Once a KID parent, always a KID parent!

1

Donor

Rating: 4

As the parent of a college music performance major, and a #48 KID, there are many positive things to say about the Kids From Wisconsin experience.

1) I appreciated what I saw as the organization's core values:
- respect; personal & group accountability; responsibility; integrity; honesty; and team support.

2) In a safe environment, it encourages performers to push themselves in a productive manner, resulting in more self-confidence.

3) Again in a safe environment, it gives serious performers the opportunity to hear constructive, honest feedback enabling them to hone in on areas of needed improvement.

4) As a parent, it's offered the chance to bond with parents of other serious performers, which is a wonderful benefit.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The KIDS From Wisconsin is by far one of the most positive influences in our son's life. He has performed for the past three years as a principal trumpet player. He has made forever friends and has been able to perform over 180 shows including three years of State Fair performances. He has played at the Governor's Inauguration, performed at multiple morning shows, video taped a TV commercial and taped a piece for the Channel 12 holiday show!! All of those opportunities have given him a chance to learn the love of a performer's life. That being said, the most important thing about KIDS is the integrity, professionalism, and sense of family that embraces our entire family. The leadership is amazing and have helped to keep the tradition of KIDS alive. Thumbs up to the KIDS From Wisconsin:-)

1 LaurenJaye

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While I was never a KID with Kids from Wisconsin, I always feel like I am one and part of the family! Everyone is so warm and welcoming; constantly smiling. It is a true gift to watch these amazing performers do what they love day after day. The troupe members are admirable and inspirational for their drive and passion within the performing arts. There is not another non-profit quite like Kids from Wisconsin!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The KIDS From WI has been, without a doubt,one of the BEST experiences of my two daughters lives and our family's as well! Not only has it been an incredibly positive "on stage" experience but it has been an amazing life experience! We have all made life long friends and have experienced soooo much joy along the way!!! A BIG thank you goes to the incredible staff! Without them this one of a kind organization would not exist!!!

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kidsfromwis 11/11/2016

What a great tribute. Thank you for expressing your experience through the positive review of the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to be the parent of two Kids from Wisconsin, as both of my daughters have performed as principal and alternate singer/dancers (principals 2013 & 2016).
The KIDS from Wisconsin organization promotes and reinforces the value of the arts to not only those who are lucky enough to be a KID, but to the communities and patrons who host or attend a performance. The value of the KIDS organization is enormous, as it builds on something greater than any one individual or location. The history of the organization, the feeling of family the troupe and alumni experience, the celebration of musical artists and genres, and the enthusiasm patrons show about the KIDS performances- this is what KIDS from Wisconsin is about.

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kidsfromwis 11/11/2016

Your time it took to write this positive review is invaluable. Thank you for expressing your experience through the review of the organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The KIDS FROM WISCONSIN is a group of extremely talented young Wisconsin adults. KIDS consist of a eleven piece band and twenty-two singers/dancers. A wide diversity of music is played for all ages during their two hour show. If KIDS does not move you from the opening curtain, then you need to check yourself for a pulse. ;-) Check out their web site at www.kidsfromwisconsin.org

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kidsfromwis 11/11/2016

I love the pulse of this review!! Thank you for your words.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great group of very talented young people. 45 years strong and growing stronger. A crowd pleaser to say the least.

Representing Wisconsin's talented youth across our beautiful state gives a sense of pride and hope for our communities.

Thank you!