The rate of students dropping out of high school who are foster care and at-risk youth is 41% compared to 17% for all students. There has been a slight growth in the number of foster care and at-risk youth entering college, but very few end up graduating. Additionally, a CalYouth study found that more than half of at-risk students drop out of college before finishing their first two semesters. This study found that organizations and programs like ours help the students who make it through. Our College Bound Program gives these students the means to enter their first year of college feeling confident. We aim to level the academic playing field by assisting students with a laptop computer and a $300 Target gift card for dormitory supplies to start their first year of college right. Kids Helping Kids is making an $800 investment in the lives of college-bound students who have faced adversity because we believe in the success of students who want a higher education.
In May of 2023, we will be holding the College Bound Send-Off. This event will be located at Target, where we encourage the recipients to bring an inspirational person in their lives to accompany them in their shopping.