Why We Do What We Do!
Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are 4x more likely to be chronically absent. Reasons for this include unstable housing, unreliable transportation, and a lack of access to health care. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. High school dropouts are more than 8x as likely to commit crimes and serve prison time. (www.socialsolutions.com)
People under 18 live in the US
Of those youth live in poverty
Of those youth in poverty, are overweight or obese
In 10 youth from low-income families go on to graduate from a four-year college.
Help A Young Person Attend Our Camp!
It’s a challenge for some parents to pay for their child to attend an overnight camp, so we raise the funds for them. Support them by donating to our fund today!
Join our pool of donors who are helping our inner city youth have opportunities to learn outside of their local education system experience.
Be a part of the solution; help shape our future!
Your support by enrolling a middle school aged youth, becoming a partner, or committing to a monthly donation will be the impact needed in the life of a young person, who will help shape our future.
Statement of Impact
For decades the office of Health and Human Services has provide research on the percentage of youth that struggle with their connectedness to school and employment between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. More than 40% of youth coming from low-income homes struggle with being connected to school and/or employment. The ability to not feel connected starts off as early as sixth grade in our education system.
The KB Foundation is focused on empowering youth through positive learning experiences and helping them to complete middle school with confidence. Having a a generation of youth confident they can learn and keep up in their grade level will help to reduce the connectedness percentage previously mentioned. When our youth feel connected to learning and successfully complete the school education system, it increases their ability to stay connected to employment.
What the youth and their parents are saying about their experience
My son went for the first time last year and left impatiently waiting for this summer so he could go again!! It helped him come out of his shell around new people and he's more opened to try new things as well.
My sons attended this mentoring camp 2 years in a row. Cooking, self-defense, car maintenance, fishing, investments, electric circuits, and more...
Even with all of the mess going on, my boy got to be a part of KB P.O.W.E.R. Mentoring Camp again! So much can be said, but the experiences that my son has learned over a long weekend for the last 2 years, made an impression on me.
My son has been at this camp for the last 2 years. If you want your son to learn life skills, lessons, team building skills, and much more, than this is where he should be. Kirklyn Berry is dedicated to teaching and showing young men how to grow and thrive in this world.
I was able to send my son to this program. Kirklyn Berry and his staff got my son to try and do things I don't even know how to do. Great program Namir will be going back summer of 2021! Great program, thanks.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you and your mentoring establishment. My son had a great time at camp last year, but you came highly recommended. My son came home excited over all the things he learned, such as changing a tire on a car, changing the oil on a car, and tying a necktie to name a few. I can't express my gratitude.