Caring for Kids Idea Challenge!

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Ends on:Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 5:00pm

How can we make Alexandria a better place for kids?

Share your idea! 

And the winners of the 2014 Caring for Kids Grant challenge are...

Girls on the Run, NoVA: Funding scholarships for 50 Alexandria girls in 3rd-5th grade

Friends of Huntley Meadows: Providing art kits for a children's nature journaling class

ALIVE!, Inc.: Expanding their children's health and fitness program through playground improvements and a weekly healthy eating and nutrition curriculum called CDC Healthy Kids and Color Me Healthy

Healthy Families Alexandria: Supporting staff time for child development and early literacy activities during home visits with vulnerable first time parents in the Healthy Families program. 

Wright to Read: Training and supporting 40 volunteer tutor/mentors for 40 newly referred elementary school students who are reading significantly below grade level. 

Child and Family Network Centers: Providing a preschool teacher in a new preschool classroom in the Chirilagua neighborhood. 

The RunningBrooke Fund and ACTion Alexandria want to know your ideas for helping at-risk children in Alexandria! Share your ideas below, and if you are a nonprofit organization serving children in Alexandria, don't forget to apply for The RunningBrooke Fund's 2014 Caring for Kids Grants Challenge. Only nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive funding through the grant challenge, but we want to hear from community members as well! 


Share your idea for how to help kids in Alexandria! 

How to: 

1. Login or create a new account here
2. Click on ADD YOUR IDEA
3. Tell your friends to support your idea! (Note: Only nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive grant funding and the number supports an idea receives will not be considered as a factor in the Caring for Kids Grant Challenge awarding process)

(Nonprofit organizations: View eligibility requirements and submit your application for the Caring for Kids Grant Challenge by clicking here) 

Ideas

Fitness Trail @ The APYC
Marcus Downey
1/5/2014

Getting children outside, moving and in better health!

*Voted best non-profit in Alexandria for 2013 by Alexandria Times Readers*...

189 Supports
2 Comments
ALIVE! Child Development Center: Healthy Kids
Laura Caldwell-Aden
1/8/2014

The Caring for Kids grant will support the expansion of the ALIVE! Child Development Center’s (CDC) current health and fitness programing to incorporate twice-daily outdoor recess, Pre-K daily calisthenics, the weekly implementation of Color Me Healthy lessons and activities, and the...

11 Supports
2 Comments
Moving Right Along
Jane Franklin
12/30/2013

We wish to partner with Alexandria Housing Development Corporation to place an after school dance program for youth at The Station at Potomac Yard.  Residents seek more health and fitness activities, social events, and more activities for resident children. This project would take place in...

4 Supports
1 Comment
Margaret Wohler
12/4/2013

 I believe in the effectiveness of art as a tool to teach science. Science is often taught as a lab-based subject, filled with bunsen burners and animal dissection, which can alienate many artistic, humanities-oriented, students.  Most people feel a connection to the natural world...

2 Supports
Help The Reading Connection Introduce the Magic of Books to At-risk Kids!
Tammy De Martino
12/18/2013

Numerous studies show that listening to books being read aloud and the presence of books in the home are the two greatest multipliers of academic success for children living in poverty.  The Reading Connection’s Book Club, increases children’s access to books, a pivotal...

2 Supports
0 Comments
Kids who can read can succeed!
Leigh Hoyer
1/7/2014

Wright to Read helps children attain the skills to read and the love of reading.  Screened and trained volunteers read with an assigned student for at least one hour each week, usually in the public library. Students are referred by Alexandria City Public School teachers as reading below...

2 Supports
0 Comments
Help support low-income, immigrant youth through after-school programs of civic engagement at T.C. Williams!
Nikki Dompke
1/7/2014

Liberty’s Promise is participating in the Caring for Kids Grant Challenge in order to support at least 60 low-income, immigrant youth in our two after-school programs of civic engagement this year at T.C. Williams High School.Our programs target immigrant youth and address their struggles to...

1 Support
0 Comments
michelle mitchell
1/8/2014

While children living in today’s complex urban environments face ever-increasing challenges, there are greater levels of obesity and stress among at-risk kids and teens.  YoKid was created to help school-aged children confront these challenges by increasing their level of physical activity...

1 Support
STEM on the Potomac
Tressie Knowlton
1/7/2014

Last fall, Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF) launched a new on-the-water boating program called STEM on the Potomac that teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts and conservation of the natural environment while providing outdoor recreation for at-...

0 Supports
0 Comments
Margaret Wohler
12/4/2013

 I believe in the effectiveness of art as a tool to teach science. Science is often taught as a lab-based subject, filled with bunsen burners and animal dissection, which can alienate many artistic, humanities-oriented, students.  Most people feel a connection to the natural world...

2 Supports
Help The Reading Connection Introduce the Magic of Books to At-risk Kids!
Tammy De Martino
12/18/2013

Numerous studies show that listening to books being read aloud and the presence of books in the home are the two greatest multipliers of academic success for children living in poverty.  The Reading Connection’s Book Club, increases children’s access to books, a pivotal...

2 Supports
0 Comments
Moving Right Along
Jane Franklin
12/30/2013

We wish to partner with Alexandria Housing Development Corporation to place an after school dance program for youth at The Station at Potomac Yard.  Residents seek more health and fitness activities, social events, and more activities for resident children. This project would take place in...

4 Supports
1 Comment
Fitness Trail @ The APYC
Marcus Downey
1/5/2014

Getting children outside, moving and in better health!

*Voted best non-profit in Alexandria for 2013 by Alexandria Times Readers*...

189 Supports
2 Comments
Kids who can read can succeed!
Leigh Hoyer
1/7/2014

Wright to Read helps children attain the skills to read and the love of reading.  Screened and trained volunteers read with an assigned student for at least one hour each week, usually in the public library. Students are referred by Alexandria City Public School teachers as reading below...

2 Supports
0 Comments
Help support low-income, immigrant youth through after-school programs of civic engagement at T.C. Williams!
Nikki Dompke
1/7/2014

Liberty’s Promise is participating in the Caring for Kids Grant Challenge in order to support at least 60 low-income, immigrant youth in our two after-school programs of civic engagement this year at T.C. Williams High School.Our programs target immigrant youth and address their struggles to...

1 Support
0 Comments
STEM on the Potomac
Tressie Knowlton
1/7/2014

Last fall, Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF) launched a new on-the-water boating program called STEM on the Potomac that teaches STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts and conservation of the natural environment while providing outdoor recreation for at-...

0 Supports
0 Comments
ALIVE! Child Development Center: Healthy Kids
Laura Caldwell-Aden
1/8/2014

The Caring for Kids grant will support the expansion of the ALIVE! Child Development Center’s (CDC) current health and fitness programing to incorporate twice-daily outdoor recess, Pre-K daily calisthenics, the weekly implementation of Color Me Healthy lessons and activities, and the...

11 Supports
2 Comments
michelle mitchell
1/8/2014

While children living in today’s complex urban environments face ever-increasing challenges, there are greater levels of obesity and stress among at-risk kids and teens.  YoKid was created to help school-aged children confront these challenges by increasing their level of physical activity...

1 Support