Keep Youth Doing Something Inc.
Keep Youth Doing Something Inc., formally established in 1993 as 501(c)3 public benefit nonprofit organization, began in 1989 with a community-based grassroots effort to reclaim a city park that had fallen victim to drug and gang-related issues.
Keep Youth Doing Something Inc.("KYDS") has a mission to empower underserved, low-income and at-risk youth to fulfill their individual potentials and participate constructively in the community by integrating the efforts of community service providers, government officials and agencies, schools, law enforcement, private businesses and caring individuals.
We believe that entire communities benefit when economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth and their families are provided with easily accessible services along with educational, vocational and enrichment opportunities. "KYDS" provides such opportunities within safe "havens" where children and teens can be inspired toward a positive future.
"KYDS" provides a wide range of FREE services for low income, at risk, youth and their families living throughout Los Angeles and a few surrounding communities. While services are dependent on availability of grant and private funding, they currently include, but are not limited to:
Summer Learning day programs that keep children engaged and well supervised while parents are at work, and focus on decreasing summer learning loss while improving literacy and math skills so children are better prepared for academic success when they begin the new school year.
After School programs based on school campuses for students in grades K – 12 which offer a variety of academic and educational enrichment opportunities such as homework assistance and tutoring, programs to improve literacy skills, English learner programs and clubs to explore science and technology(STEM) as well as, a variety of visual and performing arts, fitness programs, and youth development programs with a goal to reduce high risk behaviors and increase the high school graduation rate such as Student Stress and Anger Management (SSAM); programs to better communities such as financial literacy ("Money, Money, Money!"), workforce skill development (KYDS at Work), violence prevention; as well as prevention, intervention, and referrals for assistance for youth and their families dealing with issues such as substance abuse, gang involvement, child abuse, extreme poverty, hunger and homelessness.