The Kids Care Corps at Cradles to Crayons is designed to engage children, ages 8-12, in a program combining a series of volunteer experiences at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse with an educational curriculum about poverty and the significance of giving back.
To be a “member” of the Kids Care Corps, children and their parents are expected to attend three different subject sessions over the course of one year. Children ages 12-14 who have been through the program can also be involved as Kids Care Corps mentors and activity leaders.
The goal of our Kids Care Corps is to excite and engage children at a critical age when learning about community service can truly shape their understanding of the importance of being involved and making a difference in their community.
Kids Care Corps Curriculum
The curriculum for Kids Care Corps has been developed by a group of strategic partners from area elementary schools, university education experts, and engaged Family Leadership Circle parents currently volunteering with Cradles to Crayons. Topics include:
- Math – What are the numbers involved in poverty in the Greater Philadelphia area? How much money does a family of four need? How much do things in your closet cost? Activities may involve creating a family budget or participating in a mock “shopping” trip.
- Social Studies – Review the six-county area that Cradles to Crayons serves. Why do some communities have higher poverty figures? What type of service provider partners do we work with? Activities may include identifying and mapping resources and exploring the history of the region.
- Writing – Who are the children we serve? How & why are they different and similar to you? What would it be like to walk a day in their shoes? Activities may involve writing a pen-pal style letter to a recipient child or journaling personal thoughts to inspire connectedness.
To keep these sessions interactive and impactful, group size is very limited. Children must be at least 8 years old to participate. Each topic will be offered twice. Additional dates may be added if waitlists are full.
2016 Kids Care Corps Schedule
Session #1 – Math
Thursday, Mar 3: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Thursday, Apr 14: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Session #2 – Social Studies
Thursday, May 5: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Thursday, Jun 2: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Session #3 – Writing
Thursday, Oct 6: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Thursday, Nov 3: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
To register for the series, contact Suzanne Allen-Weise, Manager of Family Philanthropy.