Welcome to K.I.D.S. Community!
Founded in 2019, K.I.D.S. Community, Inc. provides leadership, teamwork and life skills development for children in elementary through high school via engagement in community service and community activities. Through hands-on learning opportunities and contribution to the community, K.I.D.S. Community, Inc. will better today's community while building and shaping the community and service leaders of the future. K.I.D.S. Community is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the State of North Carolina.
KIDS Community, Inc. is excited to announce that we have received funding to support research programs aimed to assess the status of community-based youth sports in the evolving landscape of expanding club sports and the professionalization of youth sports, impacts of loss of access to youth sports on health and wellness of youth, particularly from low socioenomic backgrounds, and potential solutions to address funding for and access to community-based youth sports.
It is well established that youth sports have changed significantly over the past 20 years, with recent acceleration of declining access to community based-youth sports. Numerous factors have contributed to these changes, including but not limited to the rising cost of participation, lack of access to ..(READ MORE)
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Why should youth and teens participate in community service and activities?
There are many benefits to youth participation in community activities and community service. Here are just a few:
1. Youth who participate in community service and other community activities are more likely to develop a strong sense of social responsibility and commitment to their community (Schneider, et al., 2010). This can lead to an increased sense of belonging and connection to their community, which can have a positive impact on mental health and overall well-being (Berzonsky, et al., 2015).
2. Youth participation in community activities can also help to develop important life skills such as leadership, communication, problem-solving, and teamwork (Gallagher, et al., 2014). These skills can be transferable to other areas of life and can help young people to be more successful in their academic and professional pursuits.
3. Youth participation in community service can also help to foster a sense of empathy and understanding of the needs of others. By working with disadvantaged or marginalized groups, young people can develop a deeper appreciation for diversity and a greater understanding of the issues faced by others (Gallagher, et al., 2014).
4. Participating in community activities and service can also have a positive impact on academic performance. Studies have shown that youth who engage in community service and other community activities are more likely to perform better in school and have higher grades (Gallagher, et al., 2014).
-Berzonsky, M. D., Gara, M. A., & Gregan-Paxton, J. (2015). Identity Development in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood. In J. J. Arnett & J. L. Tanner (Eds.), Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties (pp. 135-150). Oxford University Press.
-Gallagher, A., Smith, B., & MacGregor, J. (2014). The Impact of Youth Participation on Community Development. Community Development, 45(2), 256-269.
-Schneider, B., Waite, E., & Luitel, N. (2010). The Relationship Between Volunteering and Political Participation. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 39(3), 447-466.
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