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“Irvine’s commitment to youth is epitomized by the collaboration of the many partners that Team Kids brings together to engage and advocate our young people.”
–Sean Joyce, City of Irvine,
City Manager

 

“Adults become cynical about change, and it’s so inspiring to work with children who believe anything is possible.”
–Orange County Fire Captain Stephen McHale (ret.),
Founding Team Kids Board President

 

“Team Kids’ programs provide our young people with opportunities to learn about community, leadership, teamwork, compassion, and making healthy choices. This is prevention, as kids who feel connected to their community and are involved in positive social action are less likely to engage in destructive behavior. Team Kids’ programs build self-respect—and respect for others in need.”
–Irvine Police Chief David Maggard
“A growing body of research shows that kids who feel safe, valued, and connected to caring adults are more likely to be positive about life, engaged in school, and emotionally healthy; they are also less likely to participate in destructive or delinquent behavior.”
–According to the National Conference of State Legislatures’
Strengthening Youth Policy Report (Dated 10/05)

 

“The Team Kids Challenge creates a feeling of both individual and collective service to others among students, staff, and parents by providing activities that promote collaboration with city leaders, local police and fire authorities, and community charities.”
–Dr. Jean Mylen (ret), Founding Principal,
Irvine Unified School District, Vista Verde Elementary School

 

“Our goal is to inspire young people to become responsible citizens with a passion for community service and while our programs give children a chance to do something for their community, they also teach values and skills that will help kids make good choices in their own lives.”
–Julie Hudash,
Founder & CEO, Team Kids

 

“Team Kids has created a new, innovative model of service learning that strengthens the young person, teaches shared values such as leadership and tolerance, and improves the community in which these young people live and serve.”
–Michael Beeler,
Senior Vice President, America’s Promise

 

“Students participating in the Team Kids Challenge program made consistent, positive gains across all domains of interest; item means at post-test were consistently larger than item means in pre-tests…Overall, students reported enhanced levels of bonding to school and community, as well as greater feelings of self-efficacy and empathy.”
–WestEd,
A premier educational evaluation agency

 

“Its nice to see young people adopt a strong social conscience. Team Kids empowers children to help others, as well as donates 100% of what children raise to other charities.”
–Colin Baden,
CEO, Oakley Worldwide

 

“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

 

“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 Advisory Council, Private Investor

 

“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, Esq.,
Team Kids Board Member

 

“I love Team Kids because they truly make a difference. I believe in the elementary school program and in the teens on the Team Kids Youth Council. I don’t know how to explain the feeling of watching a child choose to give his time and energy to helping others. It’s pure. I believe our actions speak for themselves. Anyone who wants to be part of something great – whether you are a volunteer or an investor, a first grader or a CEO – should check out Team Kids and make their own decision about how to get involved.”
–Nestor Herrera,
Managing Partner, REMAX

 

“The outcomes of the Challenge are impressive. The kids really took the responsibility on themselves, and did a great job helping others!” – Elementary School Principal “The service learning opportunities offered through the grant and Team Kids have been the best thing I have ever done with my kids in over 20 years of teaching.”
–Elementary school teacher
“Parents love that the program runs during school because they don’t think they could fit another activity into their schedule. The kids are talking about [the program] with great excitement…it is so great to see the kids feel like they are a part of something good.”
–Parent Volunteer Coordinator
“My child has always been very thoughtful about world hunger, but ever since Team Kids came… she’s been NUTZO goodie-two-shoes!!!”
–Parent of Challenge Participant

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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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