Our Mission SKJAJA's mission is to level the playing field so that all youth have access to extracurricular and service opportunities that ignite their spark, strengthen their leadership skills, and expand their connections with their community. Extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to: team sports or camps, art or dance classes, educational camps; school band/orchestra, tutoring, and field trips. Students who receive funding "pay it forward"in our community.
How We Began Eric and Charlotte White formed the SKJAJA Fund as a result of a “pay it forward” project. Eric’s sister, Kim, gave each of her family members money on her own birthday to “pay it forward.” They were asked to share with her what they did with the gifted money. To her, the best gift was hearing about how others were helped.
The Whites, who had participated in many arts and sports activities growing up, decided to help less advantaged families enjoy the same activities. They wanted their efforts to continue and to become self-sustainable, so they pooled their gift money and created the SKJAJA Fund as a nonprofit organization and named it in honor of Eric's sister, Kim. She uses the name "SKJAJA" when giving gifts to family and friends and it represents the people in her family: Scott, Kim, Josh, Ashley, Jessica, Adam. In keeping with the concept of paying forward good deeds, and in order for the young recipients to learn that concept, they are asked to pay their gift forward, expecting nothing in return. They can also ask that the next person continue to pay it forward.
How We’ve Grown In 2017 SKJAJA moved into the YouthWorx on Main in downtown Carrboro. YouthWorx's vision is to harness best practices, build capacity, and improve collaboration within an affordable shared space. The goal: To more efficiently and profoundly impact the lives of the community’s youth. By bringing youth-focused nonprofits together — not just sharing a physical space, but more importantly in a shared spirit – we will more effectively impact the lives of our community’s youth. Together, we can do more. Much more. But we can’t do it alone.
YouthWorx on Main 117 W. Main St. Carrboro. NC 27510
The SKJAJA Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.