Champions for Kids was founded in 2004. In our formative years, we worked with a broad range of nonprofit organizations. We learned early to recognize that at their core, many of the organizations were focused on health issues. We recognized that child health is not only important for physical well-being. Healthy children are more likely to become healthy adults and productive members of society.
We are particularly informed by recent research that provides compelling evidence linking health and academic achievement. Research by Charles E. Basch brings attention the powerful and generally overlooked influence on the achievement gap: health factors have direct and indirect effects on educational outcomes. Basch states, “To date, school reform efforts to close the achievement gap have not targeted reduction of educationally relevant health disparities.”
In our early years, the nonprofit leaders we selected were committed to improving the health and well-being of children and youth. With the help of our signature partners, Consultancy Verite Limited, SME-IQ and Business BluePrint, successful international strategy firms in London, we continue to work closely with a portfolio of partner organizations to help them develop the leadership skills, strategies and measurements to take their organization to the next level of impact.
Our focus on children’s health now expands to provide people in communities across America with SIMPLE ways they can improve the lives of children where they live and work. Champions for Kids works to mobilize MILLIONS of people to improve the lives of children in their communities. The solution is in the leverage of people. There are about 74 million children in the United States and approximately 2.2 billion children in the world.
People care about our children and they will help. People want to be a part of a solution. They want to create a better world for and with our youth. We also learned that the only way we knew to accelerate impact is to massively increase the number of people to be a force for good in their communities. In 2010 we strengthened and expanded our mission. Our four cornerstone programs reflect our reach to encourage and support citizen engagement.
Basch, Charles E, (2010) Healthier Students Are Better Learners: A Missing Link in School Reforms to Close the Achievement Gap, Equity Matters: Research Review No. 6, pgs 1-2.
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