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Harper for Kids

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: Our mission is to teach children the important life skills that will empower K-12 students to achieve their personal best in life.

Results: Harper for Kids works with over 70 K-12 schools throughout the US.

Target demographics: Youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000 youths

Geographic areas served: Primarily in California

Programs: Character Education – teaching youth important life skills that can help them achieve their personal best in life. HFK's program is based upon legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success and we help schools incorporate it into their Character Education program.

Community Stories

89 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a board director of Harper for Kids and am pleased at the growth of the organization over the last several years. Harper for Kids now serves over 100,000 students in over 100 schools both in and out of California. I think this growth is attributable to the broad outreach of the organization through the implementation of the mission of the program by the individual teachers and educators in schools as well as through events that Harper for Kids conducts throughout the year. The close coordination between Harper for Kids staff and the educators who have incorporated and adopted the mission of the organization (including school visits and presentations by Harper for Kids) has been instrumental in maintaining the continuity of the Harper for Kids' message as the students progress through their education.

Chris H.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Harpers for kids transformed our school districts character education program from anemic and emptying to one that's practical and inspiring. The Harpers are energetic, positive, ever so helpful. Every time you speak with them you feel better about the work you were doing. The Harpers inspire you to do more to help kids.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since 2012, Tim and Peanut Harper, founders of Harper for Kids foundation (HFK) have been supporting and cheering on the students, staff, and community of Reilly Elementary School. During these past 5 ½ years, HFK have been a major factor in teaching our students the importance of good character from the traits on Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. Through their yearly visits, valuable guest speakers, interactive assemblies, classroom lessons, uplifting and informative Parent Nights, and continued encouraging words and ways, the Harpers strengthen our Character Education program and motivate our students to learn and live by the Pyramid of Success.

We started our partnership with the development of a new tennis program at our school. The Harper for Kids foundation supported us with teacher workshops, a tennis day clinic for the students, teaching materials and resources for equipment. The HFK even made sure we were able to have tennis courts painted on our playground. We continue to teach the blocks of the Pyramid of Success during play while learning the fundamentals of many sports and game activities.

Tim and Peanut are wonderful about keeping in touch and providing whatever is needed to keep the students excited about learning and practicing good character. They are both very reachable and spend the time needed to plan the perfect lessons or assembly that work for our school. The kids look forward to their visits and so do I, knowing that I will always get some good ideas to think about over the next few months.

Since we have started teaching and practicing the Pyramid of Success within our Character Education program, which has included HFK, we have seen a decline in discipline problems and rise in compassion, friendships, loyalty and our students have a true understanding of what it means for them to give their best effort in all that they do. It has proven to be an excellent fit for our school and so has Harper for Kids.

Tim and Peanut have become part of our Reilly School family and our students embrace them as much as they have embraced the message they bring with them about always giving 100% of your best effort. Their dedication to the lives of children and their future success is amazing. The energy, enthusiasm, determination and overall team spirit felt from their visits send such positive vibes throughout the Reilly campus that it lingers on for weeks! Reilly has made a friend in the Harpers and our students are learning to be more successful and more compassionate people because of them, their visits, and program. In turn our students are learning to pass on their knowledge of success and hopefully help encourage more people to be a little kinder, helpful, mindful, and compassionate in the world we live in today. The Harper for Kids Foundation has been a powerful and valuable resource for our school.
Cheryl Kamphefner
Retired Teacher/Volunteer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Harper for Kids was a great presentation for elementary aged students. Having a pro tennis athlete discuss her difficulties getting to the level she achieved was inspirational for the students. The John Wooden Pyramid of Success sends a positive message for our society today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids is an amazing partner with our school! Teachers, parents and the community strive for our students to become individuals with character. Harper for Kids provides amazing assemblies and supports our mission! Amazing!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has gone out of their way each year to give free assemblies to our students and parents. Peanut and Tim come down to Southern California at least one a year to help our children strive to be their personal best. The assemblies are always high energy and engaging, and their always partner with a local sports figure. Our school works on character throughout the year thanks to the Harper Foundation. We are so thankful for their continued effort to build children of character for today... and tomorrow!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So many of us were raised with an understanding that our success is dependent upon attainment of a "good grade" or winning some type of "award". This all works until we face failure ... an inevitable step for everyone at some point in our lives. Harper for Kids has helped our students, parents, families, staff, and community reframe our understanding of success based on Coach John Wooden's definition ... that success is "happiness in your heart because you made the effort, 100%, to do your best.”

This has been a "game-changer" in the work I do as the principal of a school for newcomer Chinese-speaking immigrant students. Helping our students and families understand and accept this definition for success has helped our students to become healthier, happier, and much more fulfilled individuals who can start to take on challenging assignments because they WANT to try. Their sense of fear and of failure no longer prohibits our students from taking risks and trying their best. It is a necessary and important shift in our work to educate students ... ESPECIALLY students who are in transition, starting over in a new country where they don't even speak the dominant language.

Harper for Kids has provided our staff and students with a kid-friendly poster of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. The materials that Harper for Kids provides has helped to guide our students through the Pyramid's building blocks and lead them into a sense of success that is well-designed and easy to follow.

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success has been a valuable tool for our students to better understand themselves and to learn ways they can grow and develop their sense of acceptance for themselves and others. It is a rich and rewarding way to nurture and focus on the Social Emotional Learning at any school.

Our school community LOVES Harper for Kids and we are confident you will, too! It should be part of all school's CORE teaching programs!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The founders of Harper for Kids, Tim and Peanut Harper, has developed an outstanding Character Education program that it is simple to implement in any schools. And it works! Vanalden Elementary community is grateful to Tim and Peanut for allowing us to be part of their organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a principal of a SFUSD school, our students benefited greatly from the partnership. Students learned that it's not just one thing that helps us to reach our goals but a combination of characteristics! HFK brought athletes, role models, contributing members of society, to come speak with our students. Strong role models shared their journey to success through activities, stories, and Q & A. There was much to be celebrated by all. It was evident that students learned about the Pyramid of Success as they used terms such as team work, friendship, determination, and hard work in their daily work.
Parents shared that they used these characteristics in parenting their children at home. That the building blocks to success are all encompassing for a holistic approach.
Hooray for Harper for Kids! Hooray for Peanut, Tim, and Coach Wooden!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has helped our school begin a new program of character building. Not only have they provided us a multitude of materials, but they have come to our faculty and staff to introduce the program and give direction. In another month, they will be here for two assemblies, which we are truly looking forward to and it will help us launch the entire program with the children. Tim and Peanut Harper are very accommodating.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids is an amazing organization! Tim and Peanut provide amazing resources for our school as we strive to be our "personal best" each and every day for our Scholars and community. HFK's commitment to carrying the torch for John Wooden and the Pyramid of Success is inspiring and should be experienced by anyone hoping to educate students and teachers about character education.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids has been instrumental in helping our club to incorporate Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success in our tennis program. We began using the Pyramid of Success in both of our jr tennis classes and our summer tennis camps several years ago. When we first approached Harper for kids about setting up our program, they were more than helpful in providing us with insights as to how to get the message across that "Success is happiness in your heart that you made the 100% effort to do your best).
The response from parents was overwhelmingly positive. With all of the stress that the kids confront with school and sports, they were very pleased that we were passing along the message of joy in the journey to achieve success. We feel that with Harper for Kids help and support, if we can just help one child to be the best that they can be, then its a job well done!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tim and Peanut fro Harper for Kids has been helping spread the message of coach John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success" at Rio Vista Elementary School in Cathedral City. They provide the message coach Wooden used to build a winning team and outstanding character in his players. Tim and Peanut bring examples of current sports figures who exemplify the characteristics of the Pyramid of Success and engage students by having them share examples of how they use the Pyramid of Success. Thank you Tim and Peanut!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is our second year using Harper for Kids as part of our PBIS. Not only have they supplied each one of our students with a fabulous colored Wooden's pyramid poster, but each teacher has a larger one posted in their rooms. They also did an assembly in the Spring that the students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed. I might add everything was FREE!!! Tim and Peanut are a joy to work with and we look forward to continuing to implement their program in our school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been awesome working with Harper For Kids. HFK has been so supportive and helpful in providing us with ideas and materials in implementing the Pyramid of Success into our tennis programs throughout the years. We have used the Pyramid of Success as our life skills component in our summer camps (tots through high school) as well in our year round tennis classes&lessons, and as a character building program for our high school&college teams. Harper For Kids has no boundaries when it comes to their boundless enthusiasm and support of our programs! We appreciate all their HARD WORK and ENTHUSIASM! Their message is universal and Harper For Kids is the BESTEST!!!

Karae L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

HFK is a one-of-a -kind organization delivering youth character development programs based upon legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success”. Their founders still deliver meany of the sessions and continue to embody the mission: To teach youth essential character traits that can help them achieve their personal best in life.

Harper for Kids helps K-12 schools incorporate the “Pyramid of Success” into their character education to cultivate, inspire and nurture healthy character development that will help their students be successful in all areas of their lives. Hundreds of schools serving thousands of students have received this curriculum, and the ratings continue to be "BEST IN CLASS"!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have enjoyed using the materials and curriculum from Harper fro Kids! Tim and Peanut Harper were so helpful and generous. They visited our school many times to kickoff the year, and even did an outreach night to our parents! We are in our 3rd year of using Harper for Kids and each year, we build on the practical and effective resources for our students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids immediately presented solutions to some of my initial implementation questions. As an organization, they made resources available, and worked quickly to schedule a presentation and guest reading of the book “Inch and Miles” by Coach Juniper from University of California, Irvine. My questions about how to make the book and posters of the Pyramid of Success available in all classrooms on our campus were immediately answered by Harper for Kids’ generous offer to provide one of each for our classrooms. This substantial contribution to our program quickly transformed our initial implementation from a pilot program with a few interested teachers, to a coordinated resource for every student at Adams Elementary School. Furthermore, Harper for Kids shared lesson outlines, character recognition awards, and presentation suggestions with us.

Harper for Kids has made the Pyramid of Success at Adams Elementary something we can all promote and share with our community. Parents, school staff, and students are all thrilled about the ability to help students develop the personal attributes to persevere through difficult academic tasks and, most importantly, to interact with other people in a respectful and professional manner. By focusing on "Hard Work", "Determination", "Cooperation", "Team Spirit", and "Confidence", students will develop the skills to succeed and achieve their personal best.

Working with Harper for Kids has been a positive and rewarding experience every step of the way. I strongly recommend their program and would be excited to see their energy, skill, and enthusiasm continue to expand in other schools state-wide.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I founded a middle school in Los Angeles four years ago. I reached out to Peanut and Tim for support in developing a character education program for our school and I was overwhelmingly impressed with the support I received. The Harper for Kids pyramid of success curriculum became the cornerstone of our character education program and we continue to receive personalized support from the team. They are the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Harper for Kids comes to our school to talk to our children about Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. We are a K-2 school and Peanut and Tim's presentation is fine tuned for our young children, keeping them engaged and focused. They also will be presenting an education night, free of charge, for the parents in October, explaining the Pyramid of Success and how they can integrate it into their home life to complement what the teachers are doing at school. We so appreciate their enthusiasm and love for the children.