We envision a future where children thrive; where they have the tools they need to succeed in school, as well as in life. According to federal data, more than half of public school students come from low-income backgrounds, living in or near poverty. These students often struggle with basic needs–food, shelter, and clothing–leaving little time or energy for academic endeavors. The British Journal of Sociology of Education notes children living in poverty have a higher rate of absenteeism or leave school altogether because they are more likely to have to work or care for family members. The National Center for Education Statistics states dropout rates of 16 to 24-years-old students who come from low-income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes.
CAAGKC Youth Services is open to all children whose parent(s) or caregiver(s) are within 125% of the federal poverty guideline. We have programs to nurture children of all ages, helping them to rise above their challenges and reach their full potential. Our children are more than statistics.
For families who have trouble meeting their basic needs, we offer emergency food, clothing, and transportation.
School Year Programs
P.A.V.E. the Way
Project, Assets, Values, in Educations (P.A.V.E.) is an after-school and summer program that helps high schoolers pave the way to higher education. Not only do they work to develop leadership skills and explore career options, but they also receive a stipend to help make ends meet throughout the school year. Plus, some students may qualify for a CAAGKC college scholarship upon graduation.
We can help upperclassmen explore colleges and universities in various states over Spring Break, helping them find the best fit.
Lots of kids go hungry when they’re not in school. We can provide a backpack full of kid-friendly, nutritious food to help cover their weekend meals.
For kids who are in K-5th grade, this summer program keeps young kids motivated to continue learning and reading over the long summer. This program is free and all meals are included.
We help teens develop the skills they already have inside; encouraging them to make a positive difference in their own lives and in their community.