AGORA, a Kicks 4 the City event, serves as a fundraiser to support the ongoing operations of our program. Your ticket purchase to this non-traditional gala guarantees an elegant, unforgettable experience while also showing your support for a worthwhile cause.
VARIOUS HOMELESS SHELTERS & ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE
Since 2012, Every November 1st Kicks 4 the City launches its annual shoe drive in numerous cities with the purpose of collecting any new or lightly used shoes for homeless shelters & organizations in their city. K4TC provides an opportunity for everyone to be involved with this drive in ways such as donating one pair of shoes or becoming a full-time Ambassador!
Our shoe drive has helped distribute shoes to shelters such as:
The Gateway Center (Atlanta) . Mount Carmel Baptist Church . Pacific Garden Mission (Chicago) . Our Lady of Perpetual Health Catholic Church (DC) . Martha's Table (DC) . The Midnight Mission (Los Angeles) . New Orleans Mission (New Orleans) . Boulevard Family Center (New York) . Gateway 180 (St. Louis) . New Life Evangelistic Center (St. Louis) .
The Night Ministry
The Night Ministry has been changing lives of youth in Chicago between the ages of 12 and 24 since 1976. Their Health and Transitional Living Programs are responsible for providing shelter for hundreds of homeless young adults, routine health evaluations, counseling for teen mothers, those facing abuse and despair, food for the community, and last but not least, pouring love into the lives of youth 365 days a year. This organization is near to my heart and I know first-hand that none of this would not be possible without the help of those who share an affection for our youth.
ABOUT THE STLS PROGRAM
Last school year, there were 20,205 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students identified as homeless or temporarily housed. Of those students, 2,622 were unaccompanied homeless youth, or homeless students who were not residing with a parent or legal guardian. Some of the challenges these students commonly experience include exposure to trauma, frequent moves, health problems, and attendance. As of January 2016, the school attendance rate for homeless and temporarily housed students was approximately 6% lower than for the general student population.
CPS provides homeless and temporarily housed students with immediate enrollment into school, fee waivers, school supplies, and uniforms, among other services. Transportation is provided to help students remain at their school of origin -- the school they attended before they lost their housing or the last school where they were enrolled. Students who remain at their school of origin have higher chances of academic success because they benefit from social and educational stability.
2017 Research Trip to Ghana
Kicks 4 the City plans to expand its impact by partnering with Homeland Africa in a research trip to Ghana in the summer of 2017. More information will be released as K4TC is excited to expand its reach beyond the U.S.