Mission & History
2020-2023 Strategic Plan
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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 youth, but our priority is to connect with the family and 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. In 2018, we provided over 1,600 hours of programming to hundreds of youth afterschool and in the summer. Developing K.I.D.S. was proud to present at the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Conference. We were requested to pilot two national programs in Detroit, Reading Is Fundamental and NBA Math Hoops program (where our youth placed 2nd in the regional tournament). We have been highlighted in the 2014 Annual Report of The Skillman Foundation as well as a subject of their Community Leadership study of their 10 year Good Neighborhood Initiative. We served over 618 youth in 2019 through more than 1,600 hours of programming. 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.
Summer 2019 – 265 youth served
We provided 194 hours of academic, recreational and life skills to 191 youth in grades K-8 in four locations. We served youth in partnership with the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation and Detroit Public Schools Community District. Of those hours, a minimum of 40 were focused on literacy. We increased opportunities for reading in the homes of youth by distributing over 1,000 books to participants. Youth and their families will had access to counseling, behavioral testing, academic testing and tutoring through our partnership with Wayne State University, College of Education. Participants were in a safe and caring environment that supports an impactful learning environment and working parents that couldn’t be home with their children throughout the summer days. Parents experienced increased engagement and bonding through fun family activities that supported academic achievement and built confidence in their children.
Additionally, we hired 62 youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24 and provided them with workshops on life skills, leadership, conflict resolution, soft skills development and career awareness and many other topics in addition to 6 weeks of part time in employment through the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program. During their employment preparation, we also trained 12 Michigan State University Fellows majoring in Education who worked in the literacy programs.
The program has a duration of 6-weeks and moved to hybrid virtual format to continue serving youth in the midst of the pandemic. The summer camp has a focus on literacy for their K-4th graders and it was sponsored by The Skillman Foundation.
The summer program kicked-off on July 6th. They are serving 145 youth through a virtual summer camp. For participating youth, programming happens through live Zoom sessions, Google Classroom, videos, social-emotional phone check-ins, and weekly activity kit distribution containing ALL of the supplies they need for the following week. The virtual workshop activities include reading, writing, math, art, life skills, recreation and virtual field trips. Additionally, Developing K.I.D.S. is providing a virtual summer employment and skill-building experience for 94 youth and young adults between the ages of 14-24 through the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent Program. These youth have completed virtual interviews and engaged in activities to develop soft skills.