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, whose children participate in many arts and sports activities, decided to help less advantaged children 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 non-profit organization. SKJAJA is an acronym of her family’s first names that Kim uses when giving gifts to family and friends (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.
Our Mission SKJAJA Fund’s mission is to provide underprivileged children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC the opportunity to participate in social and educational enrichment activities such as, but not limited to: team sports or camps, art or dance classes, educational camps; school band/orchestra, etc. In return for the funding received, recipients are required to "pay it forward" by completing a community service project.
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.