I had the opportunity to attend the inaugural WINGS for girls summer camp way back in 1998. I vividly remember the warm, supportive, joyful environment cultivated for us this summer. I remember the way my WINGSLeader spoke life into me when I struggled during an activity and began to doubt myself. 15 years later, I joined the organization as a Program Assistant, then Program Director. WINGS for kids has an amazing mission and vision for empowering students to develop the SEL skills they need not only to survive, but to thrive. They are able to do this because they have an amazing curriculum, awesome opportunities for staff development, and take an innovative approach to SEL. It was absolute honor to serve with WINGS for 3 years. They embed themselves into the communities they serve, and strengthen the schools they partner with from the inside out. Kids love coming to WINGS because it is loving, joyful, and culturally relevant. The kids that are not a part of it wish they were. As a teacher and school leader for the last 7 years since serving with WINGS, I reference their approaches and resources often. WINGS for kids has an amazing model for developing and recognizing staff and students along with the development of SEL competencies. I cannot say enough good things about WINGS for kids, I am excited for them to continue to grow to reach more kids, families, schools, and districts.
The work that Wings for Kids does for children is phenomenal and so critical. Teaching kids life lessons and mentoring to them at such as impressionable ages is absolutely necessary. The staff at Wings for Kids deserves all the credit in the world; especially during this pandemic. Thank you for all that you do for our communities!
I served as a Wings Leader for 2 years in North Charleston SC and I was very pleased with the program, the mission and the WINGS family. WINGS for Kids brings unity and understanding within the community. We all SOAR when we follow the creed. WINGS curriculum should be implemented in every school as It provides great positive reinforcement techniques that will benefit both students and teachers. I will forever remember my experience serving as a WINGS Leader!
As a donor to WINGS and the spouse of a public school teacher, I think the WINGS mission of fostering emotional intelligence is essential for student success and is delivered in such a fun, creative, and confidence-building way. Truly, every single human could benefit from the WINGS methodology!
I’ve been a donor and supporter of WINGS for a long time and continue to be amazed at the progress they make helping their students in need.
My name is Dan Boylan and I am a Mentor and Basketball Coach at SAY Detroit Play Center. During the Summer of 2021 I was given the opportunity to install the Social and Emotional Learning curriculum at our center which serves youth ages 8-18 on the east side of Detroit.
Wings for Kids had been a partner with SAY Detroit Play Center for over five years prior, and they were instrumental in developing the SEL program. Wings for Kids provided training for our staff and hands on day-to-day implementation of a Social and Emotional Learning program.
As a result, our SEL curriculum was taught to over 60 students this past summer. It was an absolute joy for me personally and I believe our youth was able to gain valuable tools for navigating the world.
Thank you to Wings for Kids and a special thank you to Katie Barton and Julia Rugg for their time and support! SAY Detroit Play Center is now prepared to teach and implement Social and Emotional Learning on a daily basis and it would not have been possible without Wings for Kids!
My daughter currently serves as an Americorps Vista for Wings For Kids, her experience is life changing, she is soaring with Wings right now.This is a dedicated group of professionals highly invested in the challenges that cripple our country. Wings is teaching our children social and emotional skills that will carry the kids through their own challenges in their own lives on a daily basis effective immediately. It is clearly done with the most important ingredients, love and respect of one another free of judgement, shame or pity. I for one would love to see the Wings for Children creed recited by every child in the nation as their own reminder for self preservation and moral base. I work as a public school bus driver in the Northeast and have been doing this for 16 years. I am familiar with kids of all ages and every child could benefit from the social/emotional process Wings is fostering in America's youth. Wings in addition strives to support the parents with kids in the program as well as involving the local community. Wings coordinates with other non profits to get nutrition and volunteer services in place to support the kids. I am so proud my daughter has landed with this group and she couldn't be happier.
I have had the opportunity to work with the staff at WINGS for kids for the last 3 years as a partner supporting service learning as a part of the WINGS curriculum. WINGS shines a light on what makes kids GREAT and Earth Force considers them an outstanding partner. Their program is a critical staple of support for schools and communities that are often overwhelmed with with challenges. One of the things that makes WINGS so effective is their focus; all aspects of their program are explicitly tied to Social and Emotional Learning Objectives. Through SEL participants and their families learn how to explore and manage their own responses to the world around them. Through our partnership with WINGS for kids we, at Earth Force, feel that we are better able to achieve our mission to "engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities."
WINGS does so much for each student involved in their programs-providing academic help, emotional support, dinner, and FUN! The WINGS leaders are fantastic and they meet the challenges of each day (of which there are many) with such enthusiasm and positivity.
As an ex-teacher for a Title One school, I know first hand the challenges the students and teachers face. The WINGS program provides an immeasurable amount of structure, support, encouragement, resources, and love to the children who participate. WINGS without a doubt is providing an environment where the students can bridge the gap between becoming successful academics as well as successful well rounded citizens. A WINGS graduate is presented with a bright future and carries the tools necessary to make their dreams a reality.
The passion and dedication of the leaders of WINGS is certainly evident in the effectiveness of the program. The children I've met that have experienced WINGS at their school have grown leaps and bounds. Thank you to WINGS for your contribution and relentless commitment and enthusiasm to changing lives.
Volunteering at WINGS each week lifts my spirits. Watching the social and academic progression of our WINGS kids proves that positive reinforcement about making good choices in a nurturing setting works!. At WINGS, we all soar!
Working with children is exhausting! Working with children who are unfamiliar with 'the rules for success' in a school setting, can raise the stress levels and literal noise levels in an educational environment very quickly; I know this from the past ten years. I have seen many teachers in action in our local schools, many of which serve "at-risk" children. I have unfortunately seen few teachers who seem to truly enjoy the process and appreciate their students, until now. The shouting, fighting and sulking behaviour, so typical of many children/students, is being addressed in a kind, caring and affirming manner.The children are learning both how to receive and give respect to others. They are learning about referred gratification and the perseverance and patience required to achieve their goals, something that I believe is too readily absent in our society. The young leaders are the best I've seen in an after school program and hopefully , they too will be even better leaders in our society, given a close understanding of the many issues our schools and students are facing. WINGS for kids gets the highest grade in my book. I'm very thankful they are here and I pray they will quickly expand the schools/sites they are able to work in
Being the Director of Education for the Charleston Animal Society, I see a lot of children. I actually go into some of the same schools that Wings for Kids have their after-school program. Since I teach about being humane to animals sometimes the lessons easily can be about being humane to people. I always know when a child in a classroom is part of the Wings family. They talk to me by looking me in the eyes, they have a thought and can articulate it. They see the impact people have on the animals around them. After the first time I did a demonstration for the Wings about children being safe around dogs, I knew this organization was something special. I love their curriculum, I think the staff are so committed to the mission and the students are truly a pleasure to teach. We decided to offer a "reward" to the students who met their goals by having them come to the shelter for a behind the scenes tour, to play with a few animals, & just to learn about the role of the shelter in the community. The staff overcame the hurdle of transportation and each month brought the students. I have to say the Wings kids are a treat to be around. They are generally interested in learning, they are respectful and really get the feelings of the animals waiting to find their forever home. Their questions are intelligent & thoughtful and they truly care about the animals well being. I admire the staff, the curriculum and the organization so much I personally donate because I believe in their cause. Keep up the great work and guide those children to soar as high as they possibly can:)
No greater a passion than those with Wings for Kids. This essential program offers a stable environment where the children feel safe, nurtured, valued and respected. I have seen first hand the profound difference made in these children lives and emphatically applaud the hard work and dedication. Hats off my friends!
I work for Cupcake, a local cupcake bakery, and we have partnered with WINGS to help support their work in the community. We chose WINGS as a nonprofit partner because we really wanted to get behind an organization that focuses on changing lives and empowering students in our community. WINGS is teaching students the tools they need to become successful in all areas of their life. All of the WINGS staff and volunteers are on board for the mission of the organization and are enthusiastic. They are making a positive impact in the lives of the students they work with, as well as the community. WINGS is making a sustainable, positive, life changing difference in lives and we are honored to be a part of this great organization!
My family gave to WINGS because we had been hearing about their great work for a while and when we visited, we were blown away with their programs. It was truly refreshing to visit a school and see a large group of students being led in such a powerful and useful way. The kids were happy, well-behaved and excited.
WINGS is an innovative program that actually addresses some of the enormous barriers to learning that are often overlooked: behaviors. I stumbled across the program years ago while visiting a school and saw children engaging in activities that actually required them to regulate their emotions! If only every child received such powerful reinforcement at school. From the second one walks in the door at a WINGS program, and they are greeted by a charming child with a warm handshake, it is clear that the program is transformative. This is one of few nonprofits that is working as hard as it possibly can to change lives.
There is so much positive energy at WINGS. The first thing that grabbed my attention was the sense of community that everyone shares. I honestly have not seen an after school program like this before. Everyone is having fun - even the staff. Definitely left an impression.