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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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Team Kids is an amazing organization that not only empowers thousands of kids a year, but also changed the lives of both of my teenage children who have had the good fortune to serve on the Teen Council. My son, now a sophomore in college, attributes his ability to speak in public to the opportunities afforded him by Team Kids. He is now leading outback wilderness trips for new students to UCSD, a job I now he would not have pursued had it not been for the confidence he built with Team Kids. My daughter has just finished writing essays for college acceptance and one of them is about a Serve-A-Thon she attended with Team Kids. She was given the chance to reach beyond her comfort zone while helping others less fortunate than she. I am forever indebted to Team Kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was on the Team Kids Youth Council for all of high school and I can definitely say that it was one of the most meaningful experiences of my high school career. Not only did I meet and work with incredible people but I also got the opportunity to do service that truly changed lives. We planned all of our own hands-on service projects and got the chance to help a lot of people. I have also been to a few Team Kids carnivals and it is so awesome to see how excited the kids get about making a difference. Team Kids gives them the opportunity to be leaders in their community and they truly thrive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was part of the Team Kids Youth Council, a service-based group of highschoolers who work together to find causes and organizations around Orange County to serve. We usually meet every other week and talk about local issues in our community and what we can do to change them. Being part of the TKYC has improved my leadership skills, team building and self confidence.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization truly recognizes that our youth are not only our future, but that they have the power to make an impact on our communities today. Team Kids works to empower youth to give back and provides students with the skills needed to lead our nation. The kids that participate in this program are learning what it means to be an engage responsible citizen, which is what our world needs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has a mission to help young people of all ages recognize how powerful they can be in serving and leading in their communities and to build their developmental assets by involving them in designing, implementing and leading school and community based service projects. Team Kids is truly growing the philanthropists and community service leaders of the future while serving the needs of the present.