student at a time – the most important number
Kids Hope USA builds life-changing relationships one at a time: One Child. One Hour. One Church. One School.
Over two decades ago, Dr. Virgil Gulker researched a question that led to Kids Hope USA’s launch: How can churches have the greatest impact on America’s at-risk children?
After gathering input from sociologists, law enforcement, health professionals, educators, and child development experts, one response appeared on the top of everyone’s lists: Fill the relational voids in kids’ lives. In other words, send people to personally meet with students who need reliable, caring adult relationships. And start with children in the earliest grades. That was the clear answer in 1995. It’s still the answer today.
The most abundant resource in every church is the capacity for its members to share love. Person to person. With no agenda. And no expectations. Just show up.
Giving individual attention to students at school grows harder every year. Larger class sizes and smaller budgets means fewer adults to connect with more kids. The obvious solution: Send the adults where they’re needed and can make an immediate difference—into schools.
Welcome to Kids Hope USA!
Making an Impact
90% of Kids Hope USA churches serve their schools, families, and students beyond a mentoring program
After a single year of mentoring
improved in socio/emotional competency
improved in educational success
improved in attitude toward risky behaviors
91% of mentoring relationships that could have continued after one academic year continued meeting the next year.
Of those relationships that ended, 7% were due to student transiency and 2% for other reasons.
of our students, all of whom are at-risk, promote to their next school grade.
of volunteers report their faith strengthens or they feel more committed to their churches.
of teachers report that Kids Hope USA students improve in academics, attendance, behavior, and attitude.