KidsFEST Summer Camp
KidsFest 2019: Mission Possible
Hope MKE is preparing for its 4th annual KidsFest. We have grown in attendance each year thanks to community support. KidsFest will take place June 19 - August 9th, 2019. Hope MKE has youth programming year-round. This past year, we have served over 200 youth and their families. At the community center, we offer arts and crafts, music, academic tutoring, mentor-ship and fun. Our vision is to be a safe haven within the community. The mission is to help transform communities one person at a time with Godlike compassion by strengthening individuals and restoring families.
In fact, Hope MKE believes in partnerships and we are part of a neighborhood collaborative within the City of West Allis. This Summer, we saw a decline in crime rates by 20%. The West Allis community lives 17% under the federal poverty level and most of our students receive a free or reduced lunch at school. We are located in the six points neighborhood on the eastbound side of West Allis and we are in the most at-risk neighborhood in a community that lives 51% under the federal median income levels.
To this end, it is very important for us to offer year-round programming for youth. Youth are often unsupervised at Liberty Heights Park, one block from our community center. Our staff often canvases the park to recruit and bring youth into our center. Last Summer, we had 225 kids participate in our 8-week Summer Camp program and we need to have this available again. I humbly ask for your consideration to help us continue our KidsFest Summer Camp program by sponsoring a child and/or volunteering your time.