Our Kidz Express family has gone through a lot of changes and adjustments in 2020, but we have so many friends, mentors and moments together to be thankful for.
We asked some of our Kidz Express kidz what they are thankful for this year, and this is what they had to say:
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because they help me with my school work. Another reason I'm thankful is that can make a lot of friends there and I have fun.” – Danielle, 11
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because they help me with my homework and we play fun games.” – Darnell, 11
“I'm thankful for Kidz express because they help we with my homework and we go on fun trips.” – Devale, 12
“I love Kidz Express, I get to come here and play basketball and see my friends.” – Larone. 8
“I am thankful for Kidz Express because this is where I get away from stress. Without Kidz Express I would be so bored. I get to play with my friends and meet new people.” – Jaden, 12
“The reason I'm thankful for Kidz Express is that it helps kidz and teens like me get off the streets and do something productive with their life. They also help me with school and we do a lot of team building and trust exercises to help everyone adjust “ – JJ, 15
“I am thankful for Kidz Express because I have a lot of opportunity to get my needs met. They help me with what I need in school and outside of school.” – Sheila, 13
“I like coming to Kidz Express to play sports and have fun. I am thankful for my mentors.” – Ladarius, 9
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because I get to dance and paint and see my friends and my mentors.” – Nikayla, 7
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because we have computer class where I can play Roblox. Also, I have a lot of fun with my friends on the playground and when we go on field trips.” – Kamena, 9
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because it helps kids stay out of the streets. It's also a really good program because you can talk to people whenever you need help.” – Karl, 14
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because they teach us things, help us with our homework, and go on field trips. My favorite field trip we went on was to the beach.” – Monae, 10
“I'm thankful for Mylisha she's my best friend and my mentor. We play games and do art projects.” – Amorah, 12
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because I get to see my friends and color and eat yummy snacks.” – Morgan, 5
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because they bring everybody together.” – Kennedy, 13
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because it's a safe place where I can do my work and get support from my mentors.” – Heaven, 13
“I'm thankful for Kidz Express because I get to hangout with my friends and do fun stuff that I don't do at school.” – Wayne, 9
“I like to come to Kidz Express because it's boring at home and when I'm here I get to see my friends and play sports and eat food.” – Ayden, 9
Kidz Express was founded with a dream to provide programs and services that met the specific needs of children and youth in South Austin. Over the course of more than twenty years, we have developed an extended family of mentors that has helped build the self-esteem of our kidz and exposed them to opportunities in the greater Chicago area.
This mission has been the driving force of Kidz Express over the past few years, and we would not have been able to make such an impact on our community without it. The strength of Kidz Express starts with the way we help each other. As we look ahead to 2021, we know that strength and teamwork will allow us to do what we do best—support and empower our kidz.
We always have so much to be thankful for, and we hope that you take a few minutes to reflect on what you’re thankful for this year, too.