“ME AND CREW” – Miss Sherina with members of initial group of Kids after funeral of one of ours who passed from Cancer
A comprehensive youth development program designed to help youth between the ages of 15 – 19 to develop their awareness and abilities to successfully become productive citizens of their homes, communities and the world.
Kids in Discovery of Self, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit agency with goals to providing mentoring and after-school programs for high school youth in the Greater Atlanta area. The program has formed partnerships with local school districts and the juvenile court system. K.I.D.O.S’ goals are to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and assert a sense of hope in the future. Only through developed personal relationships that establish trust, can a sense of individual responsibility be determined that will give youth the inspiration & commitment to follow through on path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
K.I.D.S. have programs that are in direct response to the growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks at home, school or are already entangled with the juvenile court system. The goals of these programs are to identify youths who are appearing to have turbulent transitioning into adulthood and offer positive support systems to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. The focus is slightly different at each level but the goal remains the same; empower the young person to realize the decision to make positive changes in his/her life is up to their receptivity.
K.I.D.S. will focus primarily on middle & high school youth. It is projected that within three years, 50% of the system’s students will be in middle school. This age group is particularly problematic and a perfect time for mentoring along with guidance to be effective.
Over time, K.I.D.S. will create a learning environment that will be an invaluable resource to young people, aspiring mentors and the community at large.
Upon initiation the participants are introduced to the present knowledge that “Life has given them a lot of lemons; but promised that our through our direction and their patience, they will be shown how to gather water and sugar to make great lemonade!”