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Kids N Culture

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21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids N Culture allows students to immerse themselves in a culturally rich experience in a different part of the world. Wherever they take their ambassadors (students), they base their curriculum around that selected country. The ambassadors are encouraged to be open to the new cultures and food that await them. Personally, being a part of this nonprofit has really opened my eyes to the outside world, and is what birthed my love for travel. The love I have for the nonprofit and their mission statement is what pushed me to want and help them out in anyway I can. I want others to get the opportunity I had because it’s something that one needs to experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an alumni of Kids N Culture, I have been able to experience the rich foundation of global education and social awareness this organization gives its students. I am fortunate to have traveled with Kids N Culture and develop my sense of leadership and educated empathy. I will never forget the people I met and the lessons I learned while in Tanzania. Thank you Kids N Culture! Love you

Rakey D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit that gives scholars the opportunity to see the world through well planned itineraries and cultural immersive experiences.

Lindsey R.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Kids N Culture held a workshop in my classroom. My students participated in interesting discussions and reflection on their identity and being a global citizen. The messages of Kids N Culture aligns well with our social-emotional curriculum and was a great addition to their learning. Mr. Doyle is a dynamic teacher and I'm glad my students and I had the opportunity to work with him!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Their commitment to impact and connection is so incredibly powerful!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Walt has come into my classroom several times over the years, and he always brings so much positivity and enthusiasm with him. My students love the workshops; I just wish they could expand the travel programs to other cities. Here's to hoping for additional funding and growth, so they can share their program with even more students!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last summer My daughter volunteered in a school in Guayaguil, Ecuador. This year she is studying abroad in Spain for 1 year and doing an internship with a Refugee center. Next year she will apply for a Fulbright scholarship to work with refugees or teach abroad.
I attribute these accomplishments to Kids n Culture. Her trip to atanzania with them at 16 , planted a seed of love for travel , diplomacy and global care. I am so grateful for the experience they gave her and all the support & motivation since. It is a tryely unique and wonderful program that reaches far beyond the regular parameters of enrichment !! They deserve all the stars & great support !

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing program that helps inner city children get exposure to different cultures.

-Proud alum

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids N Culture provides an incredible experience for young students. It is immersive, and equally international as it is local. Students leave the program feeling more worldly and equally more connected to their community at home. I've been fortunate enough to engage with some of the students along the way and what Kids N Culture does is truly unlike anything else. Hats of to the owners who are incredibly involved and invested in the well being of these students.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This is a great program that enables underprivileged students to travel to exotic countries and make change by sharing their own culture and participating in various volunteering projects. This program will prepare students to become more well-rounded individuals by letting them experience a new culture.

Kelly DeVore G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids N Culture is an amazing organization that has touched so many lives! I had the opportunity to witness Mr. James Walter Doyle start up the international program when I taught with him during the 2008-2009 school year at Thurgood Marshall Academy of Learning and Social Change in New York City. I was amazed how tirelessly he worked to ensure that ALL students who were signed up were able to go, regardless of any perceived roadblocks. Soon, through his tenacious fundraising efforts, Kids N Culture was born, and he was able to fully subsidize all dedicated students who signed up and agreed on specialized training to help better prepare them for their trip. All students who have since been involved with the international program have graduated high school, and countless opportunities for empowerment through education and travel have been created!

Nine years after the first trip he put together, Mr. Doyle contacted me about the organization’s new traveling classroom residency program that focuses on character education and invaluable cross-cultural communication skills. His passion for inclusion and desire to make a real difference were immediately clear to me and are also very evident in the workshop’s mission and material. In fact, after seeing the Kids N Culture curriculum, many local teachers and principals in Wichita, KS were interested and excited to learn more, and together we were successful in bringing them to several classrooms at Cottonwood Elementary in Andover, Kansas. The project achieved a high level of local support and was fully funded through DonorsChoose.org.

The staff and the principal loved the lesson and the active, experiential learning that took place! Students were engaged in powerful dialogue that centered around the importance of self-acceptance, understanding the value of their unique identities, and also different ways to show others acceptance and respect. I truly believe that the work Kids N Culture is doing is transformative and life-changing for students, and the curriculum is extremely adaptable to different ages, grades, learning styles, and cultures! They are more than deserving of any award they are up for! They are truly making the world a better place!

1 Mili S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great wish to travel and understand while help a community. I was able to do that through Kids N Culture. I learned from a culture that was far different from my own, yet could still draw similarities to and relate with my own. Learning about and learning from are very different, and this program helped me to understand the importance of learning FROM more than about. Learning about involves reading and research on other cultures but learning from is more direct, more personal, and that is what we did during my visit to Thailand. Not only did we learn from the people about their culture, but through the trip, we also learned about ourselves and our strengths and weaknesses in how open we were to learn and experience something outside our comfort zones, while forming a about with each other. Kids N Culture gave me an opportunity to explore and learn, an experience I hope every student gets to experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To be honest, nothing will ever beat my experience with Kids N Culture at Greece. I revisited Greece again, but I can tell you it was nothing compared to my Kids N Culture experience and I’m soo glad I was able to go. I hope to travel with Kids N Culture once more . I just really want to thank you once again for having such an opportunity for young people like me. That trip was really the start of my journey and without it I wouldn’t be who I am today, I’ve grown so much from it. Every single body deserves Kids N Culture. There’s no other program like it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the best time with KidsNCulture. They gave me the experience I could never get in my life. They help underprivileged kids get an experience that literally changes their lives. For me, it was the journey to Alaska and back!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a fantastic program! We have sent students to Alaska, Greece, and India, and will send students and staff to Japan this year. Our kids come back not just having had a once-in-a-lifetime experience but with a broader understanding or the world around them and a refined sense of purpose and leadershp. Kids N Culture alumni are among our most successful graduates!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being apart of Kids and Culture offered me an experience in life that I will never forget. I learned a lot in my five days traveling with this nonprofit. We went to Alaska, where I was exposed to a different type of lifestyle. Anytime one is able to witness the different conditions and environments other people live through, it serves as an eye opener to a more broad lens of the human experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids N Culture has pushed into my classroom for a day of student centered workshops, and I could not have been happier. The curriculum and activities were rooted in social emotional learning standards, and gave students the space and scaffolding to have meaningful conversations about who they are, and how to look beyond our own lives to connect with others. But this was not a fluffy anti-bullying course - the organization took the time to understand who I was as an educator, who my students are and the experiences they bring to the table, AND what we were currently learning in the classroom when they were expected to visit. They connected the curriculum to our classroom learning, and provided materials and additional lessons that we can use later on throughout the year to build on the foundation they created. I hope they continue to grow and work with teachers and students alike, and that we one day have their travel programs here in Ohio as well!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Such a great nonprofit to be apart of. Months before the trip, students are engaged in meaningful activities and conversations through a curriculum . We start to grow close to one another and learn a ton. On the trip, we have such a great time facing our fears and learning more about the deeper world around us while growing into mature young adults. One trip with Kids N culture will make you feel like you’ve traveled the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a part of Kids N Culture’s 2018 India Cohort. They did an amazing job of enveloping you in a culture completely different than yours, being respectful of others, and give a beautiful travel experience to NYC youth. The community service done is meaningful, and leaves a lasting impact. Truly an amazing organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an inner city student, I was exposed to global citizenship, compassion and research skills at the young age of 16. Currently I have a major in Government and Politics and minors in Social Justice and International Studies, all guided by my experiences while traveling with Kids N Culture.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Have seen the organization grow from a small grassroots cause to a city-wide initiative, and now to an organization with a national presence. Their curriculum is strong and necessary, and their approach is essential. Allowing students the chance to explore and be curious about the world outside of their own is the only way we can prepare students to be actively involved with a world outside of their own.