Kids In Motion (KIM) is a pre-employment/ service learning training program for at risk youth between the ages of 12-15. The mission of our program is to teach teens and pre-teens to value work, to value their community, and to value their future.
OUR GOAL is to provide a positive experience for youth that will greatly impact their lives through service to others. Our program encourages strong work ethic, personal responsibility and self-reliance. Essentially preparing participants to successfully enter the workforce. Equally important, however, it teaches them they can make a difference in the lives of their community and others.
Here's how it works:. Youth perform various supervised community service projects such as: assisting with activities at local nursing homes, beautification projects such as planting trees and flowers, working to maintain the tourism district in historic downtown Hannibal, etc.... These projects allow them to learn the importance of teamwork, the necessity to develop good work habits, and the need to develop a respect for supervisory authority, and all the while, they are making an impact on their community. We hope that our early intervention might redirect values and influence positive behavior and lifestyle choices as well as empower youth to improve their lives and achieve their dreams.
WHAT MAKES OUR PROGRAM UNIQUE????
During our summer youth programs, participants are given the opportunity to earn money. This simulates the benefits of an actual employment setting. However, the amount they earn is not a based on a wage per hour, it is tied directly to a daily evaluation on their attitude and performance given to them by their supervisors. Initially the kids perform well to receive the most money possible, however, once they realize they can be successful and truly make a difference in the lives of others, it becomes about so much more than the money. Their level of self-worth and self-confidence dramatically improves.
In addition to the monetary incentive rewards, participants also receive free transportation, two free meals a day, and also are given the opportunity to take part in special educational and recreational field trip experiences.
Click hereto see what the kids are saying about "Kids in Motion"- These are essays contributed to the Hannibal KIM Essay Contest
In 2008, "Kids in Motion" was honored with an special entry in the
Congressional Record in Washington, DC.
Click here to read what former Congressmen Kenny Hulshof had to say about our program!