KICKO is an organization created and run by a Godly family that seeks to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of inner city youth. They truly act as Christ's hands to a generation of children who need to know His love for them!
I am continually impressed with the way KICKO reaches the children of our local community. They do things no one else is able and/or willing to do. I applaud their efforts both personally and corporately, as a local church pastor. We have partnered together on multiple occasions and will do so again in the future.
KICKO transcends traditional notions of outreach. KICKO is committed to living among the marginalized. KICKO embraces the idea of community and they have truly become members of these communities. Living life together and bringing transformation via a contextualized and tangible gospel.
What a great way to share the gospel and impact local children! KICKO loves the kids and serves them well. Sidewalk Sunday School is a fun time for the kids to sing, play games, listen to a Bible story, learn a verse, and apply truth to their lives.
There are great volunteer opportunities.
Bill, Janice, and Michael do a great job stretching the dollars donated to have an incredible impact.
As I have observed the work of KICKO over the last few years I have been so impressed with the personal relationships they develop beyond the Sonday school ministry. The regular "boots on the ground" in these neighborhoods is bringing transformation one child and family at a time.
There is an incredible amount of love shared with the children by this ministry; from the founders through the volunteers, the children learn by example about unconditional love and acceptance.
KICKO makes daily individual, powerful and permanent impacts on children and families who need to experience and know Christs' love and His ability to do far beyond all that we could possibly ask or dream. They are gifted at running a nonprofit and easy and accessible to work with in mobilizing a (large) church body to serve.
Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach (KICKO) is special because of their intentionality about being in relationship with the children and their families in the public housing developments in the Knoxville area. Through their Sidewalk Sonday Schools, visiting the children and their families each week, summer camp experiences, and developing leaders from among the Sonday School participants, KICKO is committed to transforming relationships built upon the good news of Jesus.
Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach (KICKO) cares deeply about at-risk children in the Knoxville area. They conduct sidewalk Sonday Schools in the public housing developments that teach the children life-changing truths in many creative and positive ways. Their work, however, does not end there. They visit the children and their famiies every week and walk with them through the ups and downs of often difficult circumstances. They also have summer camp for kids who might not otherwise ever get a chance to go to camp. As the children mature they provide leadership development for them, too. Bill, Janice, and Michael Clark don't just preach it, they live it.
I've only been volunteering with KICKO for a semester, but they have proven to be one of the best organizations working with inner city kids in Knoxville. The sidewalk Sunday school is one of the most well planned and executed ways to get the message of Christ to children. Not only do they share te message of Christ with them, but KICKO teaches good character. I love all the little hugs and high gives I get from the kids and I know that they enjoy the time that is invested Into their lives. Even though I may not see the fruit of this time, but I have faith that these kids are having fun and encountering Jesus, which will impact their life.
I have worked with KICKO for the past year and a half, and I have fallen in love with the kids that participate in KICKO's Junior Staff program. God has done great things with the Clark family, amazing work in Knoxville: building relationships that last among kids, volunteers, and Christ! I sincerely hope that the area will continue to support KICKO and its vision.