We are developing a model of integrated cost-effective programs to strengthen neighborhoods for the benefit of our children and their families. We target the children and families in a 6 - 8 block area surrounding our youth community center. Over 95% of our participants come from this area. Our goal is to develop innovative, affordable neighborhood programs to address many of the challenges facing low income at- risk youth and their families in difficult urban environments that can be replicated in other neighborhoods.
One of our objectives is to "capture" children as early as possible starting at the age of five and place them in a "pipeline" of progress and self-sufficiency as they grow into adulthood. The holistic nature of our approach involves addressing the needs of the family unit as a whole. Kidz Express' programs and services include: after school programs; summer programs; GED classes; health and nutrition; athletic fitness; healthy meals; youth leadership development; homework and tutoring; mentoring; jobs training; juvenile justice; academic and career planning; a parents group and affordable housing.