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WINGS for kids

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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Primary & Elementary Schools, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Kids growing up in poverty often miss out on life lessons--how to behave well, make good decisions, build healthy relationships. WINGS instills those missing life lessons by weaving a comprehensive social and emotional education into a fresh and fun after school program. Kids get the life lessons they need to succeed and be happy--and they get a safe place to call home after school.

Geographic areas served: Charleston and Lake City, SC, Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC

Programs: Wings for kids is an education program that teaches kids how to be behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships. The organization does this by advocating for the importance of social and emotional education, by helping adults teach these skills and by delivering a program model directly to elementary school kids living in poverty.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 4

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.


Rating: 5

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!



Rating: 5

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.