The mission of Developing K.I.D.S. is to strengthen urban communities by guiding youth in their mental, physical and educational growth; helping to strengthen and empower young adults; and providing opportunities for all to become strong contributors to their community.
Kimberly Johnson (formerly Kim Newberry) is the founder of Developing K.I.D.S. With advice and guidance from family in planning the programs and vision; Developing KIDS was incorporated in June of 2006. The need to create an organization was discussed among family members, close friends, and community members. St. Suzanne/Our Lady Gate of Heaven Catholic Church opened their doors at no charge to Developing K.I.D.S. to facilitate programming. Through frequent contact with youth living in Detroit, reflection on growing up in and raising children in Detroit, Mrs. Johnson started drafting the plans for an organization that would bring forth educated, healthy, and capable leaders of tomorrow by strengthening every aspect of a child’s life. Developing K.I.D.S. was a Founding Partner of the Don Bosco Hall Community Resource Center.
Developing Kingdoms In Different Stages (Developing K.I.D.S.) is a non-profit organization that services its community through three servicing areas: Prevention/Youth Development, 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 philosophy behind this is as follows: leaders will be developed and nurtured in every community. Therefore, that Kingdom (community) will be developed in a different stage or pace than a prior community serviced by this organization based on the needs and risk factors of that community. The mission is fulfilled through efforts to reach out to families instead of individuals. There is support for individuals, however the focus is to get the community to see that they are a part of a group/family and they must work together to bring about change: therefore building strong communities.
Services began in Northwest Detroit near Cody High School. Upon the community-building dynamics of the Skillman Good Neighborhood Initiative, our programming space evolved into the Don Bosco Hall Community Resource Center with Developing K.I.D.S. being one of its founding partners. Over the next few years, key relationships and partnerships were developed to provide services throughout metro Detroit. The that started with $750 in profits from its first fundraiser, officially facilitated its first program in the summer of 2007 for 27 youth. In 2018, 447 youth were served in our programs, which included 292 during that summer.