Kids Korps USA
Developing Leaders for Life Through Youth Volunteerism
Kids Korps USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth volunteer organization that engages young people, ages 5 through 25, in community service. Our mission is to instill in America’s youth the spirit of giving while providing valuable education in leadership and responsibility. Kids Korps partners with more than 250 national and local non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Head Start Preschools, children’s hospitals, homeless shelters, senior centers, animal shelters and environmental agencies.
Kids Korps offers more than 1,000 hands-on service opportunities each year, bringing lasting benefits to the community and developing leaders for life through youth volunteerism.
Children have more to give than many realize – their talents, their time, and most of all, their hearts. Our kids make a difference in the lives of others, and their own, through volunteerism, check out Teaching Kids to Care for more information.
Mission & Vision Kids Korps USA engages young people, ages 5 through 25, in community service. Our mission is to instill in America’s youth the spirit of giving while providing valuable education in leadership and responsibility. Our vision is to develop leaders for life through youth volunteerism.
The mission of Kids Korps has an indelible and unique impact beyond the many benefits of volunteerism: we shape young lives through exposure to, and direct involvement in community service. The daily benefit of improving ones community is tangible. The lifelong benefit to young volunteers is an increase in their level of maturity, empathy, and positive perspective on how THEY can make the world a better place.
Service Projects – Participants can choose from more than 25 weekly service projects in the following core areas: seniors, environment, food & shelter, heath, disabilities, animals, community development, leadership. learn about community needs, then address those needs through hands-on service projects with 350+ nonprofit agencies.
Green Korps — Thanks to our partners at SDG&E, Kids Korps and Teen Korps now offer hundreds of service learning activities focused on habitat restoration, protection, and energy efficiency. Participants develop an awareness and understanding of the importance of energy conservation and environmental stewardship.
Urban Outreach — Kids Korps is committed to engaging youth of all socio-economic backgrounds, and to that end, has established seven school and community chapters in City Heights. Through their involvement, youth from this diverse and under-resourced neighborhood in San Diego gain a sense of commitment to community development while developing life-long leadership skills.
Civic Leadership– The Teen Korps Leadership Council (TKLC) engages Teen Korps members countywide in needs assessment and the planning and development of service learning programs with our sponsors and community partners.
Hugs 4 Kids – Hugs for Kids mission is to ignite healthy inner growth and support the positive identity of young people by engaging youth, families and communities in educational programs, hands-on activities and awareness campaigns. Focus areas include self leadership, character development and health & wellness.
Volunteer Camps — Each summer, Kids Korps offers young people an opportunity to serve through a week-long summer volunteer camp. Each day, participants learn about a community need, then participate in a service project with a local nonprofit organization that addresses these needs. Teen volunteers serve as camp counselors, learning the value of mentoring to younger children.
Corporate Korps — Companies such as Barona, Ernst & Young, and LPL Financial have contracted with Kids Korps to add service learning and teambuilding programming to their annual meetings, corporate trainings, employee and family events, seminars and conventions. From Build-A-Bike to Blanket Making, Kids Korps works with companies to customize a service project to the theme, time of year or recipient of choice.