Kids...Having Fun...Paying it Forward...Making a Difference
SKJAJA is focused on connecting kids in families with limited resources to the community through participation in extra curricular activities. SKJAJA helps students uncover their passions and bridges the gaps by paying for activities which aren’t covered by scholarships. But, it’s not just about the sports, or arts, or academics. In return for the funding received, grant recipients must “pay it forward” through a community service project. Often, that connection with the community continues long after the requirement is fulfilled.
“Our area is rich with exciting programs and extracurricular activities however many of these programs are not able to offer scholarships for those with financial need. Prior to the founding of the SKJAJA Fund, participation in many of these activities was not possible for children with limited financial resources.” – Angela Snider, on behalf of the CHCCS School Social Workers
What do we fund? SKJAJA bridges the gap, by paying for activities that aren’t covered by scholarships or other sources:
Sports equipment and uniforms
School field trips
Academic enrichment and tutoring
After school programs
Enrichment classes such as: dance, art, gymnastics, tae kwon do, and cooking
Many children can’t afford to participate in extra-curricular activities, however these activities are crucial to a child’s development and long-term success. Studies show that students involved in after school programs have:
Improved school attendance and engagement in learning
Improved test scores and grades
A more positive impact on their self-concept and decision making
Reduced truancy and improved behavior in school
Opportunities to create additional peer and adult relationships
Researchers agree: Dropping out of school is a gradual process that typically begins years before a student even enters high school. After school participation in both academic and non-academic pursuits – at every grade level – gives students the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed.