KIDS ON THE GO

Where Fun is Therapeutic!

aka KOTG   |   St Clair Shores, MI   |  www.kidsonthegocamp.com

Mission

The mission of Kids on the Go is to recognize and facilitate the goals of children with special needs and to further develop their current skills through therapeutic and wellness programs for the children and their families.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Mrs. Kristy Piana Schena MS, CCC-SLP

Main address

23500 Pare St. Suite 10

St Clair Shores, MI 48080 USA

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EIN

45-5450033

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kids On The Go

Kids on the Go is a pediatric nonprofit that relies on sponsors to provide special needs children with therapy during the summer break from school. The Kids on the Go summer camp pairs campers with professional therapists as they work with the latest, most reliable therapeutic tools. The therapy comes at no cost to often already overburdened families, and it comes at a crucial time, after school-provided therapy has ended.

Kids on the Go has been filling that summertime gap for special needs children at no cost since 1999 and is a way to help families of special needs children with medical costs not covered by insurers. More than 3,000 children aged 3-17 have received physical, occupational, recreational, and speech therapy from our dedicated therapists over the years, helping kids stay successful in school.

The need is great. In the 2016-2017 school year, the number of students that were eligible for special education in Michigan was more than 226,000. There are many children requiring summertime therapy but unfortunately there are many parents who unable to pay for private services.

The summer camp, which runs for six weeks, is held at The Nonprofit Center at Pare in St. Clair Shores. Classes are also offered in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, and Rochester. We are currently working to open a multidisciplinary program in the summer of 2020 in Traverse City, Michigan.
While the multidisciplinary camp is targeted to 3 to 9-year-olds, we offer separate enrichment classes that include Little Sluggers, Art and Music therapy, Literacy, Bike Riding, Tennis, Friendship Cheer, Story Tellers, All Star Hoops Basketball, Flag Football, Social Groups, golf, storytelling, summer sounds, movie making, picky eater class, and Better Letters for children from ages 3 to 17.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Excellence in Nonprofit Activity 2018

Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2015

Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association 1999

The Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods 2010

Healthy Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods 2020

Connecting the Pointes 2018

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve children (3-17 years of age) with special needs and their families.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are able to add programming each year based on feedback from our parents/caregivers. Our parents provided feedback that our teenage population has a hard time finding opportunities to participate in group sports and fitness programs. We added a fitness class in collaboration with Special Olympics of Michigan and we added a fall fitness class to accommodate the needs of the community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We empower our families by asking them for feedback and ask them to express their ideas for program development.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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KIDS ON THE GO

Board of directors
as of 5/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Tony Shereda

Quality Metal Images

Term: 2017 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mrs. Sarah George

graphic design, independent

Term: 2017 - 2021

Carly Hickey

Occupational Therapist

Christy Petroff

St. John Health

Rene Hansemann

CPA,Pepper Hamilton LLC

Tony Shereda

Quality Metal Images

Sarah George

Regan Wright

Kristy Schena

Patricia Ilitch

Eye for the Buy

Kendra Dodson

CPA, Grant Thornton

Chantel Shipe

FIS

Paul Zimmer

Allied Printing

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/29/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.