CityKidz inspires Hope
Using a survey created by The University of Kansas Lawrence that has been validated for children aged 7 to 15, we have consistently found that:
of our children have a positive attitude and hope
CityKidz instills Resilience
From survive to thrive, CityKidz kids rise above their circumstances.
One of the many ways we instill resilience is through weekly home visits to every child who attends our Saturday program. Home visits provide us with the opportunity to build relationships with the kids and their families and to truly show them that we care. This consistent week-in and week-out commitment contributes to building the strong relationships that enable our CityKidz children to thrive in spite of very challenging circumstances.
Over the past two years, we have implemented program wide assessments that help to measure the effectiveness of our programs, including the resilience of CityKidz kids. These findings – which our partner, World Vision Canada, considers to be “breakthrough” – reveal that:
believe our program is helping children ‘do the right thing’
believe our program helps children to ‘be honest’
believe our program helps children to ‘be more respectful’
CityKidz impacts Futures
CityKidz kids have what it takes to break the cycle of poverty.
One of the many ways we impact futures is through our Jr. Leadership Program. Designed to both mentor and train adolescents to serve as leaders within CityKidz, the Jr. Leadership Program provides graduates of the CityKidz Saturday program opportunities to model what they’ve learned. Under caring and supportive supervision, our Jr. Leaders develop skills that will be of benefit to the community as they mature to become responsible young adults.
Additionally, our CityYouth Program helps CityKidz youth to become “servant leaders,” not only within CityKidz, but also throughout the community.
As this program grows, we will be able to witness increased evidence of the impact of CityKidz.
• Over 30% of our volunteers were once CityKidz children themselves
• Some former CityKidz kids have matured enough to become valued employees of our team
• Over 100 of our former CityKidz participants and current youth have taken leadership roles in other great organizations
Research shows our approach works
Recently, the Centre for Community Based Research conducted an extensive study of CityKidz and their findings were nothing short of miraculous! Here are three of their findings.
‘Internal outcome’ scores went through the roof after children attended our program for three or more years.
These ‘internal outcomes’ deal with perceptions and attitudes that children have that dictate how they think and act in any given circumstance. Researchers saw significant increases on each and every one of the following criteria:
• increased awareness of their God-given potential
• increased sense of ‘self’ and positive self-worth
• increased self-control and empowerment
• increased cultural sensitivity and acceptance
• increased social sensitivity and empathy
‘Action outcomes’ (what children DO based on how and what they think) also went way, way up.
Having attended CityKidz, children believe that: “God has a plan for my life” and they are much more likely to:
• imagine accomplishing great things
• be aware of and participate in community activities
• make positive choices
• assume leadership responsibilities
• set healthier lifestyle boundaries for themselves
• demonstrate positive behaviours
The longer the kids attend CityKidz, the greater their faith in God will be regardless of their religion (or lack thereof).
Children attending CityKidz for three or more years had a significantly greater level of faith than those who had only just begun.