Katrina’s Kids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is the brainchild of State Senator Katrina Shealy, who has spent the last two years fighting for the children of South Carolina. Sen. Shealy has seen for herself that many kids “in the system” don’t have the same advantages as other kids, particularly when it comes to the “extra stuff” that kids love to do—and benefit from.
Arts, athletics, camps and clubs are often called extra-curricular or after-school activities. As kids, we think we’re just learning to tie a knot in scouts, play a musical instrument, or how to pitch a baseball.
But here’s what’s really happening: kids that participate in these activities become better students, stay in school, graduate and are more likely to go on to college. They make friends with people they like … and even learn to deal with those they don’t. They gain confidence in themselves and their abilities and develop into well-rounded young adults with bright futures ahead of them.
And here’s the best part: they usually have fun doing this!
Many children in South Carolina don’t get that chance … particularly if they are in foster care or group homes. Budgets are usually tight for these families or organizations. The costs for registration fees or dues, uniforms, athletic equipment or musical instruments quickly add up. Access to reliable transportation may be limited because these activities take place outside of the normal school day or during the summer.
Kids in foster care or groups homes can get left out of the very activities they desperately need. No matter how strong a foster family or children's home may be, being in foster care puts a child at a disadvantage. Foster kids are more likely to have lower grades in school and more behavioral issues. They are less likely to graduate or go on to college. They struggle to develop interpersonal skills and their own self-worth.
The Mission of Katrina's Kids is to provide resources for foster children and children living in group homes to have the opportunity to take part in activities that build confidence, strengthen character and teach valuable social and communication skills.
We ask for your support in our mission. We ask you to help us provide every chance for every child.
South Carolina State Senator Katrina Shealy