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Julie Hudash is the founder and CEO of Team Kids. Julie’s interest lies in securing systemic community change for youth, through harnessing innovative partnerships to inspire our youngest citizens.

Julie is a Graduate of University of Southern California, where she majored in Communications. She also attended graduate school at University of Missouri St. Louis as a Masters student in Educational Counseling. As captain of her USC Track team, it was through the power of teamwork and community service that Julie first discovered the joy in helping others.

Julie is also a writer who tackles difficult issues on behalf of children. She’s had several pieces published in The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register. Her focus is on youth advocacy issues, such as youth development, child safety, and the importance of youth-led activities to help kids thrive.

Julie and her husband Ray live in Irvine, CA, and are the proud parents of five great kids. Her children served as the inspiration for the founding of Team Kids. All five kids continue to play a key role in the success and expansion of the organization!
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KIDS BROKE THE RECORD!

KIDS BROKE THE RECORD!

Kids… You did it! You broke the Guinness World Record! The official count by end of day Monday, May 12th was 12,391 letters! Only 30 days ago, Team Kids and Festival of Children Foundation challenged kids to write 10,001 letters and they more than followed through! Once again, kids prove that they’re NOT TO LITTLE TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

More to follow celebrating the kids and their amazing success!

Just a sampling of one of the many beautiful shipments of heartfelt letters that helped break the record!

Just a sampling of one of the many shipments of beautiful and heartfelt letters that helped break the record!

Letters from Across the Nation!

Letters from Across the Nation!

We’re almost there and it has been so fun to receive letters from all corners of the country! Quick shoutout to the hundreds of kids from Maine, New Jersey, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Connecticut, AND MORE who have sent letters to our headquarters! Our deserving troops oversees will be more than blessed to receive these beautiful letters! Just a little over a week to go!

Letter received to our HQ from Jacksonville, FL. One of our first from out of state!

Letter received to our HQ from Jacksonville, FL. One of our first from out of state!

We’re (almost) 1/2 way there!

We’re (almost) 1/2 way there!

We are close to 4,000 letters!! We need 10,000 by May 12 which means we need YOU! Please gather your family, friends, school, church or scout troop and send your thanks to those who deserve them most. Download Letter template on the “Break a Guinness World Record” page here on our website and spend a few minutes sending a most deserved thank you to our country’s heroes serving overseas! Last year Team Kids kiddos wrote 10K letters in one school year, this year’s love fest needs to be delivered in 30 days! Let’s collectively send the men and women in our service a big THANK YOU! We can do it!

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Break the Guinness World Record!

Break the Guinness World Record!

YOU ARE INVITED! Join us at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA this Saturday and help kickoff a month-long effort to break the Guinness World Record for writing thank you lettres to our troops!  Thank you Festival of Children Foundation and Youth Service America for your partnership to mobilize children on Global Youth Service Day! For those that are unable to attend the kickoff event, you are more than encouraged to write letters throughout the month to help us BREAK THE RECORD! Letters can be sent in from across the country to our headquarters! LET”S DO THIS!

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The Heideman Carnival has Come!

The Heideman Carnival has Come!

The Heideman Road Runners became Team Kids pioneers today as they hosted the first Team Kids Carnival in the City of Tustin, CA! Students were inspired by their heroes from Tustin Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority and they brought 500 pairs of shoes for the homeless, wrote 250 letters for our troops, collected blankets for the animals and raised $440 at their carnival for the Pet Rescue Center. TPD Officer brought his K-9 partner Bravo to congratulate the kids for helping the animals! Congratulations kids, you have inspired us all! And KCAL 9-CBS2 came out to catch a story for news tonight!

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Tustin Police Chief Charlie Celano plays the popular duck hunt game with the kids!

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Team Kids Pilot in Tustin, CA!

Team Kids Pilot in Tustin, CA!

Thank you Tustin Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority for your incredible partnership on our FIRST Team Kids Challenge Launch in Tustin, CA at Robert P Heideman Elementary School. Our public safety partners are once again on the front line inspiring all the students as enthusiastic community leaders eager to work to play a positive role in the community. Thank you for being such positive role models for the children in Tustin, California and for a phenomenal kickoff assembly!

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Bonita Canyon Kickoff!

Team Kids BACK on WJLA ABC News!

Team Kids BACK on WJLA ABC News!

Excited to share the news coverage from the Team Kids Carnival at JAmestown Elementary. Thank you ABC 7 News – WJLA for the wonderful coverage of Arlington Public Schools compassionate leaders, and the great role models from The Arlington County Police Department and Arlington County Fire Department who inspired them to serve their community. The privilege was ours to be part of such a dynamic and collaborative team.

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Arlington Carnivals – SUCCESS!

Arlington Carnivals – SUCCESS!

All four carnivals in Arlington, VA were incredible in their own right! There were so many amazing partners that helped make these 4 pilot programs a success across the country from our headquarters, however, the KIDS were the true rock stars. They not only learned how to be entrepreneurs while hosting their carnival games, they learned how to be philanthropists as 100% of the funds they raised this week will go to their chosen charities! So proud of these kids proving to their communities that they’re “NOT TOO LITTLE TO CHANGE THE WORLD!” See below for photos from each carnival!

Claremont Immersion Carnival where KIDS raised $429.34 for Make-A-Wish Foundation:

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Patrick Henry Elementary where KIDS raised $714.82 for the National Brain Tumor Society:

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Hoffman Boston where KIDS raised $150.55 for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington:

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Jamestown Elementary raises $1,216.75 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

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Today in Orange County, most of the work being done in health and human services focuses, appropriately, on the immediate needs of the disadvantaged. Team Kids takes a different approach, directing their energies toward our youth, teaching them the value and power of working together to solve community issues. In so doing, they are developing the philanthropists of the future and creating systematic change in our community.”

OC United Way, CEO Max Gardner

Team Kids is addressing critical child and community needs today, while also building our next generation of problem solvers.”

Dan Lubeck, Team Kids Board Member

I became a Founding Team Kids Board Member in 2004, after witnessing the leadership and compassion being developed in the students participating in the Team Kids Challenge Program. Team Kids engenders a culture where it is everyone’s right, regardless of age, to be a powerful agent for change.”

Bethany LaFlam, Team Kids Board Member

Team Kids, to me, is an antidote to entitlement and one great way to create the responsible citizens we all want as future leaders.”

Mike Cupps, Team Kids Board Member; Private Investor

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