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Team Kids, Inc.

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Mission: As a nonprofit organization that nurtures and relies upon the passions and leadership of our youth, Team Kids never strays from its motto: “It’s all about the kids!” Our vision is not only about the future-we give young people the opportunity to improve the lives of others today and encourage them to become the next generation of compassionate leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists. Through Team Kids’ youth-led school- and community-based service programs, thousands of participants learn about leadership, teamwork, and making healthy choices for themselves and others in real-world situations. The parents, teachers, police officers, firefighters, business leaders, and other community members who volunteer alongside youth recognize their power to make a difference, boosting their confidence and belief in their importance to society. Focusing on building up the positive assets of youth, Team Kids also improves their protective factors against harmful behaviors, such as substance use, gang involvement, or delinquent activity. Team Kids is dedicated to growing our California-based programs into a national model relying on community collaboration to protect and inspire young people. Bringing together stakeholders from education, government, public safety, and business, we have the potential to secure successful outcomes for our youngest citizens across the nation. Together, our communities can support the healthy development of our kids, encouraging their positive efforts and empowering America’s future.

Target demographics: empower our youngest citizens as powerful leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15,000 children and people in need.

Geographic areas served: elementary schools

Programs: the Team Kids Challenge. The Challenge program mobilizes our children's heroes from local police and fire departments to "challenge" them to become community heroes. Students collectively help the homeless, feed the hungry, thank our deployed troops, protect the environment, and much more. Best of all, our programs are delivered at no cost to the schools, with all, yes 100% of proceeds from kids delivered to charities chosen by the children.

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Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 JoAnn14

Board Member

Rating: 5

TEAM Kids is a great community partner for Cox Communications. We have a common goal of inspiring children to lead and serve beyond the boundaries of the classroom and become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. The spirit of volunteerism and community and government partnerships achieved by TEAM Kids is refreshing and commendable. Their efforts have a positive impact on our community and the self-confidence of the children who learn they have the power to make a difference in the world!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TEAM Kids is an amazing program which is forming the next generation of leaders in society TODAY! When I work with schools and other child focused groups within the city of Irvine who have not had the pleasure of working with TEAM Kids yet, this is how I describe the TEAM Kids program;

By empowering children; it inspires their heart, stimulates their mind and motivates their hands to build a stronger community, a brighter future and enhances positivity within themselves and others.

I love the schools that partner with TK and I do everything I can to participate side by side of the children throughout the program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Team Kids recently came to Lafayette Elementary School, located in Long Beach, CA. TK's commitment and professionalism is second to none. As a law enforcement professional, I was impressed how TK empowered these young children and incorporated public safety into their program. At the same time, it was exciting for me to help facilitate bringing TK to Long Beach and to hopefully further expand it in other schools in the future. This is an amazing program and I would recommend it for any school district.

1 Carly D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Team Kids is exactly what this world needs! TK is able to bring the community together and allows everyone to realize their important role in it! It is mobilizing children and building important relationships between them and local police/fire men, school faculty, and areas in need. Volunteering for Team Kids for over 10 years, it has shaped me into the person I am today. I would not be pursuing the career I am now if it were not for Team Kids. I am eternally thankful for Julie Hudash and her selfless staff.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

TeamKids brings excitement and professionalism a community. I worked side by side with TeamKids during their 2014 roll-out in Arlington and found the staff to be excellent because as they progress toward an uplifting goal, they always engage and empower the youth they are working to support. Great job!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to any organization, I view my contributions in terms of an investment. What kind of return am I getting on that particular investment?
Without comparison, I can honestly say that Team Kids not only provides a return of my investment by engaging kids in healthy, positive activities with community leaders, but it provides for an exponential return on my investment by multiplying whatever I have given.
When kids are engaged to raise money or goods and supplies for other NPO's dear to their hearts, then they will carry the benefits of that contribution forward with them for the rest of their lives, feeding their communities and nurturing a society in tremendous need of empathetic and engaged leaders.
And because Team Kids works within our public school system, it offers EVERY child the opportunity to participate in contributing to their own future regardless of their gender, ethnicity or background.
I applaud Team Kids for their innovation, commitment and integrity.
They are essential for a better future that begins today.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Team Kids lives up to delivering the 32-34 of the 40 Developmental Assets the Search Institute prescribes all children to have to grow in a very empowered community. Team Kids has helped kids become little business people, philanthropists, empathetic, compassionate and understanding youth leaders that will become the Difference in their Community and in the World! My 4 kids love Team Kids. It truly brings Adults to remember how it was to be young and see their kids develop through the program and for the Kids to be the Leaders of their generation! Love, Love, Love Team Kids!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

glad Team Kids is expanding and coming back to Arlington! all involved are excellent and inspirational!

1 Carrie72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Team Kids is an absolutely exceptional program. In addition to empowering kids and teaching them that they are powerful, Team Kids connects youth to their community and shows them that no matter how small they are, they can make a difference.

2 Clay C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to partner with Team Kids for the last three years. As a law enforcement officer who takes child safety seriously, I am blown away at what Team Kids is able to do in five weeks at an elementary school. During those five weeks, students are introduced to the idea that THEY can make a difference in the world, and they do that by helping others. This is not some abstract idea, but realized though weekly challenges where the students write letters to troops overseas, collect food and clothing for homeless children, or hold a carnival where all the proceeds go to a charity THEY choose. I am honored and blessed to stand shoulder to shoulder with the amazing Team Kids' coaches in this endeavor. Years later, I still have former students coming up to me and telling me how meaningful the Team Kids experience was for them.

1 Scott97

Advisor

Rating: 5

Team Kids excels at attracting positive, energetic kids who wish to make a difference in their community. The kids themselves plan and lead the service projects. In that sense, Team Kids is a hands-on leadership development program - great for the community and great for the kids. There's an infectious "can do!" spirit at TK and, seeing what the kids and the organization have accomplished, it's a great example of the power of young people to improve the world.

Smsaki

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Team Kids is an amazing, empowering program. It is wonderful to see an organization that focuses on kids in a positive light. It is amazing to see how much of of difference kids make in their communities when given the chance. And Team Kids does this for children without taking a single dime for themselves. Bravo!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Team Kids is the best nonprofit organization out there that drives kids to become better people. The partnership Team Kids have developed with the police and fire department and school districts is amazing. A great model for kids to learn about community service and giving back.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We were fortunate enough to be the first TeamKids site outside of California. I can't speak highly enough of their dedication to their mission and professionalism. But what was most impressive - and most important - is their commitment to giving the kids a voice and the opportunity to feel empowered. We look forward to TK returning to our schools once again and impacting another round of children.

1 Mary314

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I never knew there was a glass ceiling for kids until I witnessed Team Kids helping them crash through it, giving them opportunities to change their world and make a difference. Wow. When you learn this so young, there really are no limits. The kids involved in these projects are way too busy doing all the right things to spend their time doing the wrongs things. Talk about harnessing the power of the local police, fire department, the public education system and kids in one swoop, allowing them to connect with kids as mentors, all while making it fun and giving the kids the power. Brilliant, from the heart, just what our kids need. Julie Hudash, thanks for making it happen!

1 Blythe P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Team Kids is absolutely the most incredible model of innovative service learning. The partnership between young people and community leaders that inspires collaboration to change the world is highly effective and truly inspiring. The participating children truly make a difference as they learn how to become leaders and problem solvers with 100% of proceeds raised being donated. Julie Hudash, one of my true heroes, fuels this outstanding organization with her passion, creativity, resourcefulness, and belief in the good that happens when we all come together for our kids.

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

While I now serve on the Advisory Council for Team Kids, my husband and I have prioritized Team Kids to be a recipient of our donor dollars for over a decade because it's the best investment we can make towards empowering our next generation of leaders! Both the school based programs and the community based "calls to action" help young people understand that they are America's most treasured resource. And, the kids while serving alongside a culturally diverse set of likeminded individuals, have truly had fun in participating and working together!

My husband and I commend all of the young people who have chosen to participate, and stay involved with Team Kids, in order to help other kids in need. Keep up the great work!! It matters.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Team Kids is an amazing group of volunteers under the leadership of Julie Hudash who is a true inspiration to all. The passion & dedication these young volunteers exhibit stems from a desire to do for others less fortunate. They want to make a difference in the world and are given opportunities to do just that, from serving in homeless shelters, working with the sick & elderly , taking care of the environment and so much more. They undertake projects that instill leadership qualities they never knew they had along with learning valuable life lessons. My son who has now graduated looks back at his years with Team Kids as one of the best memories of his middle & high school years. He hopes to continue serving and making a difference. Thanks to his experience on the Team Kids board he has learned that it takes just a little to give back so much. Thank you Team Kids & Julie..you are the BEST!!!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about how great Team Kids is as an organization. They do outstanding work with kids enabling them to make a difference in the world. I was first associated with Team Kids when I was the Deputy Chief of Police at Irvine Police Department in Irvine CA. I was assigned as the department representative but I soon learned that Team Kids was a valuable partner and great organization. I became a member of the Board of Directors and after several years became the President. I carried this title into my police retirement and continued to serve because I knew the value of this great organization. Team Kids is run by Julie Hudash who is one of the most amazing people I have ever been associated with in my professional and personal life. She has created a great public safety partner which has proven to be very valued and respected in the law enforcement and school communities. Julie has also created an organization which is so valuable to kids it cannot be undervalued. Team Kids is an outstanding organization and needed community partner.

1 KAthy197

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every time I see the words "Team Kids" I feel so much pride. I'm proud that it is part of my community.
Team Kids empowers kids to be the best kids that they can be, it gives them the chance to be the best kids that they can be...that makes for good citizens. That is good for us all. A real win/win.