October Charity of the Month – Athletes for Kids
The Athletes for Kids Mission is to enhance the lives of children who have disabilities and special needs, and the high school athletes who mentor them. They believe that modeling acceptance, inclusion, and respect of all individuals transforms and strengthens our communities.
Athletes For Kids serves children in 1st-12th grades who have disabilities and special needs of all kinds.
They carefully match each child with a qualified high school athlete, who commits to mentoring a child for one to three years. Once a mentorship is formed, the pair meets two to four their times a month.
Mentor candidates are referred to their program by other AFK Mentors, coaches, teachers, Athletic Directors, and community members. Every applicant must pass a thorough screening and background check before being accepted into their program. Once selected, they are required to attend an intensive training, followed by monthly group meetings where they receive ongoing training and support from their Mentorship Coordinator. The training topics are all based on evidenced based best practices for mentoring.
Learn more about Athletes for Kids here.