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Meet the Founder


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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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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