Funding from the KidGuard grant will help ADAA enhance our current educational content and mental health resources for children and teens. Over the last several years, rates of childhood depression have continued to rise. Yet, information and awareness about childhood depression has not kept pace with this alarming trend. With increased exposure to social media, children are at greater risk of experiencing cyberbullying and negative situations that can increase their anxiety, put them at risk for depression and in more severe cases, suicide. With funding from the KidGuard grant, ADAA will enhance our free evidence-based resources to educate and raise awareness for children and parents about anxiety and depression risks. These resources include consumer webinars, child-friendly infographics, blog posts and educational videos covering topics such as childhood depression and anxiety, how to identify symptoms and where to find effective and suitable treatment options.
KidGuard For Nonprofits’ generous contribution will fund bicycles for students that live at least 3km from schools and meet other community-selected selection criteria (e.g. vulnerability, poverty/socioeconomic status) in targeted secondary schools and primary schools in Kenya. Through KidGuard-funded bicycles and World Bicycle Relief’s program activities, students will increase their attendance rates, remain in school, perform better academically, and, in some cases, receive access and training in digital technology. World Bicycle Relief will then use its own program funds to provide holistic programming to sustainably support these bicycle recipients, including by establishing school-based Bicycle Supervisory Committees (BSCs) — comprised of community leaders and members — to help oversee the program and ensure bicycles are used for their intended purposes. BSCs will also establish study-to-own contracts for all bicycle recipients, whereby a student takes ownership over the bicycle once he/she completes his/her studies. The study-to-own contract offers a compelling incentive for students to remain in school and use the bicycle for its intended educational purpose.
Harvest Hope’s Child Nutrition Programs feeds approximately 3,500 children each week through BackPack Weekend Feeding, as well as Kids Café evening nutrition programs. All of these programs are in partnership with local school districts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and other civic programs that provide the opportunity for children to not only receive resources, but also to volunteer in their local communities and give back. KidGuard grant will help support these efforts, allowing afterschool programs to emphasize the importance of developing a philanthropic spirit early in a young child’s life.
KidGuard grant will allow us to educate on providing information on technology geared specifically to our primary demographic, preschoolers and their parents, and know that providing this education adds value to the experience families have at our museum. Specifically, we plan to discuss apps and games on mobile devices during our Early Explorers play groups, develop a daily program that can be facilitated by our staff on internet safety for young children to be used regularly, and provide information and links on our website for caregivers and educators to supplement these activities, all drawing on the expertise of local educators and tech professionals. This information will dovetail with our programs and resources on the importance of play, how to keep kids active, ways to prepare children for school, and other topics that the museum is uniquely positioned to bring to families with young children, particularly those that are otherwise underserved.
KidGuard grant will support training initiatives to introduce the use of standardized evidence-based mental health assessment (EBA) into all Child Advocacy Centers (CACs). NCA has also been working with the Yale Child Study Center and CACs to implement a cutting edge counseling therapy, Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). CFTSI is a highly-effective, early intervention that can help abused children on their path to healing before long-term effects of post-traumatic stress and other disorders take hold. Unfortunately, only about 13% of CACs nationwide are qualified to deliver CFTSI to their clients currently. With these funds granted through KidGuard, more children will be able to reclaim their childhood as they have access to evidence-based care.
Kidguard grant, in alignment with their focus on family, will help Learning to Give extend youth discussions about giving and volunteerism beyond classroom activity to stimulate meaningful engagement in families. All of the audiences we impact seek to support families through discussion and activities that open conversations and stimulate togetherness. The grant will allow Learning to Give to raise awareness of our Family Activity and Discussion Cards with educational, faith-based, club, nonprofit, and corporate organizations. We can envision pediatricians, community foundations, and school associations purchasing sets of cards as giveaways and displays so the families in their sphere of influence can raise giving and caring kids. The grant will cover marketing and shipping costs so they cards can open conversations around the country and build a more civil society of caring and involved kids.
Kidguard grant funds will be used to support the continued operation and expansion of our 100% volunteer staffed after-school programs. GOTRBA will specifically target low-income communities of color. Funding from KidGuard will enable us to proactively enroll and serve girls at schools with a concentration of financial need. We will continue to expand our programs to serve an increasing number of low-income Bay Area communities, with the go. At least 90 girls, grades 3 to 8 will participate at the $20 to $75 level thanks to the proposed support. (Our full program fee for the 10-week program is $300). By offering a fun, healthy living training curriculum leading up to the non-competitive Girls on the Run 5K, our organization will improve health among girls in the San Francisco Bay Area.