To Our Supporters,
When we started Kids Who Care over 10 years ago our goal was to increase the academic success of students throughout Arizona in grades K-12. The greatest education challenges we addressed were decreasing the dropout rate (7.2%, second highest in the nation) and increasing student’s retention of academic skills, especially reading, writing and math. With your help we taught our students how to give back to their communities through Service-Learning projects; manage stress by learning coping skills; and practice daily habits such as getting as enough sleep, study skills, staying hydrated and eating healthy foods. We also empowered our students with exceptional mentoring skills. These programs and activities created students who thrived and progressed through school and on to graduation.
As time went on, we realized we could not continue this work without the help of other organizations in our community. Through hours of research, conversations and many meetings, Kids Who Care has decided to dissolve as an organization but continue working towards our mission with another local organization that has an aligned mission – Swift Youth Foundation.
Swift Youth Foundation provides year-round programs that uniquely pair school-aged youth with college-bound high school mentors. In addition to these ongoing programs during the school year, Swift offers a sleep-away camp for 5 days and 4 nights in beautiful Prescott, Arizona for all the youth who participate in the year-round programming. College-bound, high school mentors become the encouraging counselors at Camp Swift to continue the positive mentor relationship that has been established during the school year. From school and through camp, the kids create a powerful alliance that turns both the campers’ and counselors’ worlds “RIGHT SIDE UP!” I am very excited about how the mission of Kids Who Care will continue on through the unique mentor mission of Swift Youth Foundation.
I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the Swift Youth Foundation Board of Directors and I hope you will join me and all of us at Kids Who Care as we continue our work through Swift. In the meantime, I would like to introduce you to Kaylie Marsh Medansky, our Executive Director at Swift. She will be your main contact there if you cannot reach me. I’ve known Kaylie for many years and believe she will carry on the work of Kids Who Care with great enthusiasm and excellence. To continue your financial support, simply go to the Swift Youth Foundation website www.swiftyouth.org/donate.html or send a check to Swift Youth Foundation at 7950 E Acoma Drive, Suite 106 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Best regards and thank you in advance for your support,
Swift Youth Foundation Board of Directors