Celebrating 25 Years

Walking together in 1 on 1 mentoring relationships for 25 years.

For 25 years, Kids Hope USA mentors have walked alongside thousands of children in 1 on 1 relationships during some of the most significant years of their young lives. Each week, since 1995, mentors and students develop life-changing friendships one hour at a time. We invite you to join us as we celebrate a quarter century of walking together, side-by-side on this journey that instills hope and confidence in a child’s life.

Into a Brighter Future

Jan and Evelyn have walked together on an unexpected journey of friendship for more than 7 years! They met when Evelyn was a 4th grader at Jane Addams Elementary in Palatine, Illinois.  At that time, Evelyn was having a tough year in school and really needed some encouragement.  She was a very quiet girl but each week, Jan […]

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Jacob & Skylar-Jay became friends three years ago; Skylar-Jay was starting kindergarten and Jacob was leaning into a pull from God to serve as a Kids Hope USA mentor through his church, College Wesleyan. Little did they know that three years later, they would still be great friends! Skylar-Jay was referred to Kids Hope USA […]

Wednesdays Are My Favorite

“I can’t read! You know that, Kara.” my 1st grade friend shared with me. “I know you can do it – I believe in you. Let’s do it together,” I replied. That was pretty typical for our conversations those first few weeks.  Continually encouraging my new friend that I believed in her, and if we worked […]

Making Time to Make a Difference

“A person can always make time to make a difference.” That’s what Roger DeFeyter said 25 years ago when he met his first Kids Hope USA student at Pine Creek Elementary School. Dean was 7 years old, and after just 20 minutes of getting to know each other, he and Roger began to form a bond that would last for several […]

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