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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: 5

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:)


Rating: 5

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!


Rating: 5

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.