Youth Development

Kars4Kids Inc

aka Kars4Kids



Kars4kids funds educational, developmental, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families. Our goal is to foster a generation of well-balanced, productive adults. Our means to accomplish this goal is to provide children and their families with a strong network of personal guidance and educational resources, individualized to their needs. Our wide array of services is designed to maximize each facet of a child's development - academic, social and cultural.
Kars4kids overall areas of activity consist of educational programming, school placement, tuition assistance, mentorship programs, cultural activities, weekend retreats, religious instruction, summer camps, recreation and guidance counseling.

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Principal Officer

Eliyohu Mintz

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mentorship, kids, education





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Jewish (X30)

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Youth Mentorship

Extracurricular Programs

Summer Camp

Family Support

Community outreach

School Placement and Tuition Assistance

Small Grant Program

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Kars4Kids supports a network of mentoring, educational, and recreational programs for Jewish youth and their families across North America. We take a big-picture, holistic approach, bringing school, family and community together to develop a next generation of well-rounded and productive adults, with individualized mentorship and family support giving our children a solid foundation to become active contributors to society. Volunteerism is the beating heart of all Kars4Kids programs, with over 1,500 dedicated volunteers fueling the organization's year round mission.
In addition to its primary youth development and mentoring programs, Kars4Kids organizes community initiatives such as coat and backpack distributions, public service/child safety awareness campaigns, and a small grant program for educational and youth-oriented nonprofits.

Kars4Kids, together with its sister charity Oorah, runs a full suite of programs and services carefully designed to impact every aspect of a child's development from the academic to the social and cultural. These programs, including school placement and tuition assistance, mentoring and extracurricular programs, family retreats and summer camps, accomplish the mission of fostering the overall growth of our children. Whether it's a weekly study group, summer camp or holiday retreat, we strive to develop each child's latent talents in a safe and nurturing environment. A core group of paid staff leverages the hundreds of volunteers who power these programs, offering their services as mentors, educators and camp staff each year.

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Kars4Kids has several donation programs in place to support its child-centered programs and activities, most notably its car donation program, offering free pickup to donors nationwide.

Kars4Kids programs are run primarily by volunteers with direction, leadership and constant guidance from experienced and qualified staff members.

Kars4Kids has systems in place to monitor both its progress and that of the children it services. Some examples of these include:
Regular feedback and evaluations from volunteer staff who interact directly with the children are crucial to compiling a comprehensive picture of each child and his/her progress.
Before renewing a tuition recipient's scholarship, a committee evaluates the student's report card and reviews feedback from educators and mentors to oversee progress and ensure each student is on track for success.
Event attendance, including at local weekly youth groups and at larger holiday/family retreats, is carefully monitored.

Some stats from 2016 demonstrate the scope of Kars4Kids' accomplishments:
- Over 600 students enrolled in the tuition program, working in partnership with close to 200 schools
- Approximately 700 children and teens in summer camp throughout the summer, staffed by about 500 volunteers
- Just short of 1,000 children attending weekly youth groups at dozens of locations
- 2,659 families attended a holiday event in 2016
- 9,000 holiday packages were sent out over the course of the year
For every child that receives help, there are several additional families that are in need of assistance. Kars4Kids carefully weighs each application and request to ensure that its funds are being maximized most effectively.

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Kars4Kids Inc

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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