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SFK--Success For Kids

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Mission: Success for Kids (SFK) is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk children with the skills and tools they need to reach their full potential. These are the tools that have been proven components of personal and academic success: *self-awareness *social and emotional intelligence *problem solving skills *interpersonal strength *the confidence and wisdom to make smart choices *the techniques to be self-reliant and well-adjusted *the desire to be connected and giving to the people around us *the resiliency to meet all of life’s challenges and obstacles *the ability to foresee the consequence of our behavior SFK empowers children to make the best choices that they can, to make smart, purposeful decisions that result in their desired outcomes, and ultimately to understand that they are the writers of their own life stories. Our vision is for every child to understand these universal values and reach their full potential, and our mission is to deliver them through fun, interactive, educational programs to as many children as possible. SFK has served over 60,000 children in 13 locations worldwide. Our programs include free year-long courses in low-income public elementary schools, after school classes, programs designed specifically for teenagers, ongoing training with prison inmates, and the Kids Creating Peace program in Israel, which uses the SFK curriculum to create dialogue, understanding, and unity between previously alienated Arab and Israeli students.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Boston, London, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Israel, Malawi,

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I got to know SFK's teacher's training program in 2010. I spent four days with the most amazing people I've ever met. Those four days, I must say, totally changed my life! I hope I will have the opportunity to volunteer next year:)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Special Education teacher, I have always felt that the public school system, in order to save money, has concentrated only on academic curricula, not addressing the whole child and their preparation to be fully-functioning citizens. SFK addresses the missing component, exposing students to the social, emotional and life skills necessary to be successful in the real world. I have worked as a teacher's aide in some of their classrooms and found the program to be fun, easy to understand and the information to be extremely valuable. Their teachers are well-trained and their relationship with the classroom teacher leads to the inclusion of the material into the regular school curriculum. Several classroom teachers have told me that they love the program and have seen vast differences in their students' peer relationships, self-esteem and classroom demeanor greatly improve after their exposure to the program. My hope is that before long, all schools will offer the SFK program.