Kids Helping Kids
|Makena Hubbard (CEO)|
|Mission||"Empowered students making a difference from the classroom to the community"|
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Kids Helping Kids is an entirely student run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of the San Marcos High School AP Economics classes in Santa Barbara, California. Headed by Economics teachers Jamie DeVries and Jillian Wilber, Kids Helping Kids originally began with a student-run penny drive in 2002 and has evolved into an annual signature gala event at the Santa Barbara multimillion-dollar Granada Theater. Over the course of fifteen years, students have volunteered over 10,000 hours of work, resulting in a gross of $2,200,000 raised for children in need throughout the community and abroad. The Kids Helping Kids mission statement reads: “Empowered students making a difference from the classroom to the community.”
Kids Helping Kids was founded in 2002 by one of the San Marcos High School AP Economics classes. Its vision came from teacher Jamie Devries, who wanted to change the stagnant atmosphere of the AP Economics curriculum and give the students a real world application to the principles they learn in class. The organization’s first project was a penny drive, enlisting the help of local grade schools and high schools. From there, Kids Helping Kids students hosted a benefit night and silent auction at Santa Barbara’s Ruby’s Diner, where a portion of each dinner was donated to Kids Helping Kids. Through money raised from food sales, the silent auction, and donations, Kids Helping Kids was able to raise $8,000 for the 2003 year. This money was donated directly to the Santa Barbara Unity Shoppe, a public benefit corporation encouraging self-sufficiency and independence through education and basic necessities. Since then, Kids Helping Kids has grown exponentially; each year, the students have been building off of the accomplishments, both financial and organizational, of the prior class.
Signature Concert Gala
Kids Helping Kids hit its big break in 2008 when Tyrone Wells, folk-pop singer and songwriter, agreed to perform for a benefit concert. Largely because of the concert, the Kids Helping Kids class of 2008 ended up raising $105,000. 2008 also marked the year that Mark Chipello, Tyrone Wells’ personal manager, became Kids Helping Kids' talent buyer. Chipello continues to serve as a liaison between Kids Helping Kids and record industries, securing each year's artist. The following year, the Kids Helping Kids class of 2009 landed alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket to headline, and Tyrone Wells to open, at the now annual benefit concert. 2009 was also the first year the concert was held at the beautiful, historic Granada Theater in Santa, Barbara, CA, where it continues to be held every year. Since then, Kids Helping Kids concert artists have been: Five for Fighting (2010), Matt Kearney with Tyrone Wells (2011), Sara Bareilles with Tyrone Wells (2012), Switchfoot with Brad Corrigan (2013), and Andy Grammer with Tim Lopez (2014), Ingrid Michaelson with Jon McLaughlin (2015), NEEDTOBREATHE with JohnnySwim (2016). Many are Grammy nominated and platinum recording.
Deckers Outdoor Corporation, a function-orientated footwear manufacturer based in Goleta, California, has been the title sponsor of Kids Helping Kids since 2009. They have generously contributed over $75,000 to Kids Helping Kids. In 2013, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board rewarded Kids Helping Kids a $78,400 grant to facilitate Kids Helping Kids Santa Barbara's mission to expand on a national level.
A total of 2,200,000 has been raised by Kids Helping Kids. Locally, Kids Helping Kids has donated directly to the Unity Shoppe as well as annually covering the cost of AP tests and lab fees for lower income families. In 2011, Kids Helping Kids helped subsidize the medical and funeral costs for a local student who was killed in car accident. Additionally, the organization replaced a visual aid machine for a local student and gave a grant to a grade school band to purchase brand new instruments. Globally, Kids Helped Kids has funded the building of a preschool and orphanage in Rwanda, which benefits vulnerable orphans and children. Kids Helping Kids also paid for a safe house to be built in Nicaragua.
In November 2013, a group of Kids Helping Kids members traveled to the safe house they fund in Managua, Nicaragua. Kids Helping Kids is currently working to expand on a national level. There are currently four branches of Kids Helping Kids, with the Santa Barbara, California chapter acting as the mother organization for high schools in Sacramento, Ojai, and Denver. Kids Helping Kids Sacramento held their first benefit concert in May 2013, raising over $20,000 for charitable purposes. In September 2013, Kids Helping Kids received a $78,400 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The grant is intended to provide the students of Kids Helping Kids Santa Barbara with the necessary funds to fly representatives across the country mentoring other high schools in the fundamentals of creating a non-profit organization in Kids Helping Kids name. “Kids Helping Kids is incredibly grateful to receive such a substantial grant from State Farm,” said Kids Helping Kids CEO Carter Hudson. “To know that the model we have put together at San Marcos has been recognized on a national landscape is extremely encouraging. It is a testament to the diligence and commitment of the past and present Kids Helping Kids students and the support of the Santa Barbara community.”
Since 2002, Kids Helping Kids has raised over $2,200,000. In 2011, Kids Helping Kids was recognized with the Subway National High School Heroes Award. We have spread our Kids Helping Kids model to 4 other high schools: Sacramento, CA; Ojai, CA; A. In 2013, Kids Helping Kids was awarded a $78,000 grant from the Youth Advisory Board of State Farm Insurance to support our dream of spreading the Kids Helping Kids program to other high schools across the nation.
|Year||CEO||Gross Amount Raised||Artist||Location|
|Class of 2003||N/A||$8,000||San Marcos High School Madrigals||Santa Barbara Ruby's Diner|
|Class of 2004||N/A||$10,000||San Marcos High School Madrigals and Jazz Band||Santa Barbara Ruby's Diner|
|Class of 2005||N/A||$12,000||San Marcos High School Madrigals and Jazz Band||Santa Barbara Pizza Mizza Restaurant|
|Class of 2006||N/A||$24,000||San Marcos High School Madrigals and Jazz Band||Santa Barbara Pascuccis Restaurant|
|Class of 2007||Michele Trichler||$53,000||San Marcos High School Madrigals and Jazz Band||Santa Barbara Fess Parker Double Tree Resort|
|Class of 2008||Bryn Kass||$108,000||Tyrone Wells||Santa Barbara Fess Parker Double Tree Resort|
|Class of 2009||Erik Holliday||$110,000||Toad the Wet Sprocket||Santa Barbara Granada Theater|
|Class of 2010||Shelby Zylstra||$140,000||Tyrone Wells and Five for Fighting||Santa Barbara Granada Theater|
|Class of 2011||Ellen Gleason||$165,000||Tyrone Wells and Matt Kearney||Santa Barbara Granada Theater|
|Class of 2012||Kelly Shara||Tyrone Wells and Sara Bareilles||Santa Barbara Granada Theater|
|Class of 2013||Jordan Lund||$185,000||Brad Corrigan and Switchfoot||Santa Barbara Granada Theater|
|Class of 2014||Carter Hudson||$293,000||Tim Lopez and Andy Grammer||Santa Barbara Granada Theater|
|Class of 2015||Peter Greig||$312,000||Jon McLaughlin and Ingrid Michaelson||Santa Barbara Granada Theater|
|Class of 2016||Jack Palmer||$461,000||Johnnyswim and NEEDTOBREATHE||Santa Barbara Granada Theater|
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