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Kids at Risk Action

Supporting people, programs & policies that improve the lives of at risk children

aka INVISIBLECHILDREN.ORG   |   Hopkins, MN   |  www.invisiblechildren.org

Mission

Supporting people, programs and policies that improve the lives of abused and neglected children

Notes from the nonprofit

For 20 years KARA has advocated for the rights and well being of abused and neglected children. KARA has two projects for 2021; 1) Launching a mental health resource for youth impacted by trauma; https://www.invisiblechildren.org/portages 2) Engage colleges in conversation & research around the issues of child abuse and trauma in the age of COVID (https://www.invisiblechildren.org/campus-programs/).

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

mike tikkanen

Secretary

Damon Kocina

Main address

PO BOX 4091

Hopkins, MN 55343 USA

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Formerly known as

INVISIBLECHILDREN.ORG

EIN

51-0570258

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1) Financial Literacy; Approximately 46 million people in the United States live in poverty; of those, twenty-five percent are in the labor force. There are an additional 54 million people that live just above the poverty line. Seventy percent of those folks will remain in poverty through their lifetime, according to a study by the Pew Research Center on Social Mobility. Employment alone is insufficient to achieve economic stability or prosperity. The ability to earn and accumulate assets determines whether people can leave poverty behind and achieve economic security. Assets include both tangible and intangible resources such as cash savings, a college education, stocks and bonds, or a home. Without assets, folks may be able to subsist day-to-day, but will not be able to cope with a financial emergency, save for their children or invest in a better future. We believe financial literacy can interrupt the cycle of generational poverty.

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?

Financial Literacy For At-Risk Youth

KARA's free financial literacy 12 to 18 month program is a place to learn, discuss and, find meaningful guidance for teenagers and young adults to start their financial journey off on the right path. KARA collaborates with organizations providing services to at-risk youth, banks and community partners (Rotaries, churches, etc..) to mentor and support fostered/adopted, homeless and other populations of struggling youth & young adults.

Monthly peer group discussions about personal financial issues & real-world financial tools, seed funding, and problem-solving for each participant.
Young people learn about money tools & put that knowledge to use with real money.
Grants will be given directly to young people to save, invest and begin to grow wealth
Ongoing encouragement from peer group & support from KARA.
Nationally, 80% of youth aging out of foster care lead dysfunctional lives. 20% of them become instantly homeless.
http://www.finlit.group/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSCsLbF7oI

Population(s) Served

KARA’s FREE Invisible Children Campus Conversation is a catalyst to starting conversations around child abuse and healing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that will improve the lives of at risk children where you live.

Universities invite the INVISIBLE CHILDREN Campus program with it's compelling 8 foot by 8 foot exhibits that engage participants in building awareness about these issues in your community.

By Educating Future Leaders and involving students and citizens in the conversation about ACEs/mental health, solutions for healing, awareness, and supporting local child friendly organizations, colleges are building safer and healthier communities. Full programs include discussion panels, community involvement, volunteer recruitment and fundraising for local nonprofit service providers.

https://www.invisiblechildren.org/campus-programs/

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
LGBTQ people
Foster and adoptive children
Out-of-home youth
At-risk youth
LGBTQ people
Foster and adoptive children
Out-of-home youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ending generational poverty in the communities we work in;
We seek not only to teach fundamental financial skills and wealth
building blocks, but also to address the roadblocks of poverty and the
shame associated with childhood trauma. Finit curriculum includes:
 Overcoming Roadblocks and Shame: child support, bankruptcy,
and criminal records.
 Issues relating to trust, friends, and money.
 Identifying big money mistakes, poor investments and scams.
 Using the services and products of financial institutions
confidently.
 Creating and implementing a spending plan/budget.
 Distinguishing between financial wants and needs.
 Understanding employment: payroll taxes, self-employment,
insurance.
 Building credit and borrowing money responsibly.
 Investing money and asset management.

The Financial Literacy program is a scalable, proven and easy to give at risk youth and young adults the ability to earn, save and spend wisely that they may lead a productive life.

KARA's INVISIBLE CHILDREN campus program creates awareness of the issues and the people, programs and policies that make life healthier and safer for at risk children in their community.

Overall, because of our volunteers (averaging three times the in kind dollar value of our annual cash income) and cash dollars we have, we bring awareness, skill building and other value to thousands of at risk youth each year.

The needs are great.

About 100 student interns and other volunteers annually provide most of KARA'S research, writing, and physical presence for our programs. Emily Saed is a poverty trained educator in the schools, creating dynamic FINANCIAL LITERACY programs, Damon Kocina is a high energy and extraordinary talent for building our INVISIBLE CHILDREN campus program & I have dedicated almost thirty years as a CASA volunteer guardian ad litem and founding CASAMN board member and founding board member of Friends of Children/CASACares.

Mike Tikkanen has been a volunteer CASA guardian ad litem and Founding board member of 3 nonprofits serving abused and neglected children raising thousands of dollars and providing programs to help to at risk youth.

We know the needs and are working hard to meet them with the resources available to us today.

*Engagements include the United Nations in New York in 2008 and hundreds of presentations elsewhere.
*A comprehensive second book is nearing completion (hopefully in 2023)
* Launch of our 3rd Financial Literacy peer group in 2022 - giving a chance to have a better financial life to troubled and at risk youth
* Launch of our 3rd INVISIBLE CHILDREN campus program - engaging students and communities in the critical issues of child abuse/trauma and programs that heal and save damaged children and youth
* Millions of engagements on our social media since inception have brought awareness and growth about issues not transparent or well-reported in the media

Financials

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Kids at Risk Action

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

mike tikkanen

Kids At Risk Action

Term: 2007 - 2027


Board co-chair

Damon Kocina

Strategic Grapics

Term: 2016 - 2027

Carol Koepp

Damon Kocina

Strategic Graphics

Mike Tikkanen

Packard Group

Jim Early

Trail Blazer Coaching

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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