Mission & History
The mission of Developing K.I.D.S. is to provide best in class programming to strengthen urban communities through developing inter-generational youth leaders, driving academic enrichment, instilling civic engagement, and providing opportunity for youth to become strong contributors to their community.
Developing Kingdoms In Different Stages (Developing K.I.D.S.) is a non-profit organization that services its community through three areas: Prevention, Family Management, and Community Support. The word Kingdoms is used as a synonym for communities. The word Stages represents the process in how we will service communities. The underlying philosophy is that leaders will be developed and nurtured in every community that we serve. Therefore, that Kingdom (community) will be initially serviced in a stage that reflects the voice and needs of that community. The mission is fulfilled through efforts of reaching out to families instead of individuals. There is tremendous support for families but our priority is the youth and we host activities for them to work together; hence building and increasing strong communities.
Initial services began in the St. Suzanne Faith & Friendship Center (later named the Don Bosco Hall Community Resource Center) in 2007 with elementary and middle school youth. In 2008, we implemented our first high school program and it was unsuccessful. In 2010, the high school program was revived by youth request and continues. We have had as many as seven locations within a year, all operating at once. In 2010, our peer organizations within the DBH Community Center selected us to lead a collaborative project to boost participation of adults and youth in the community center that was extremely successful and became the model used for all other neighborhoods. In 2014, we expanded to provide services in two community locations and five schools. Since our first group of high school graduates, we have had a 99-100% high school graduation rate. Developing K.I.D.S. was proud to present at the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Conference. In 2021, we served over 600 youth from 59 zip-codes, who attended 112 schools. All community programs and services are provided at NO COST to participants.
The Youth Development/Prevention program provides afterschool and summer camp activities serving youth 5-18 years of age through workshops that focus on leadership, social skill development, health, education, goal setting, entrepreneurship, art, culture, relationships, college access, career exposure, and community service.
The Family Management program provides resources and referrals to families as well as the facilitation of monthly family night activities. Past activities have included: ballroom/hustle night, movie night, game night, talent shows, and more.
The Community Support program is a vehicle to support the community by education, informing, providing resources and referrals. This program is carried out through the facilitation of special projects and events such as Grief, Loss & Trauma Support held monthly.