school age children spend 70% of their waking hours out of school

let's keep kids safe after school.

So much goes into developing a child into a productive and engaged member of society, and much of it happens outside of school. Our mentorship and youth programs are designed to support our children throughout the year, through their adolescence, teen years and young adulthood, giving them the tools and guidance they need to succeed.
Mentoring is the heart and soul of all our programs, and the underlying mission of all our staff and volunteers. From the cook in camp to the director of school placement, everyone at Kars4Kids has a mission to take a personal interest in the success of our children.

Our mentors keep in close contact with their mentees, developing a relationship that lasts for years. Mentors often become friends of the family, becoming part of the mentee’s life throughout the year. If a mentor encounters a situation beyond his or her expertise, our experienced outreach counselors are available at any time for consultation and advice.

Every child can benefit from a responsible, warm older friend to trust in, rely on and get guidance from. We provide this precious asset for each of our children, and it is the key to their success.

Read about one successful Kars4Kids mentorship >
Summer Camp and Year Round Events
Summer camps have a positive impact on a child and create memories that last a lifetime. Kars for Kids affords this opportunity to hundreds of children each year at our two spacious and state of the art campuses in pristine country surroundings. With an unbelievably low camper to staff ratio, our volunteers are able to tailor their care to each child’s needs. City kids experience nature firsthand while structured workshops build skills and develop latent talents. Generous scholarships and subsidized fees make this experience affordable to those who otherwise could never access such an opportunity.

The friendships and fun don’t end with the summer. Year round events such as reunions, retreats and trips keep the connections alive. Staff members make an effort to keep closely in touch with their campers and mentees, carrying over the impact of the summer.
" I love it with a HUGE passion cuz the campers & staff make you feel so extremely happy.
Josh C., camper
Extracurricular Programs and Youth Groups
With dozens of locations across North America, our ChillZone program draws hundreds of children every week. Unstructured afterschool hours can be a dangerous time for children who may become involved in risky activities, but we see these hours as an opportunity to give youth positive experiences. Our youth groups provide children and teens with a fun, safe environment to learn, bond and grow with friends. Warm mentors on staff create a comfortable environment where all feel welcomed. Pizza, prizes and fun, educational activities make these hours enjoyable, but it’s often the chance to just hang out with older mentors that keeps kids coming back week after week.
" I just wanted to say thank you for the program, it is the highlight of my daughter’s week. She also looks up to the group leaders who are such wonderful role models! She has introduced a couple of friends to the program and they are enamored as well."
mother of ChillZone attendee
Volunteer Leadership Development
Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. With proper guidance and direction, each one has the potential to change the world. Kars4Kids is training and inspiring a legion of dedicated teen volunteers who are the power supply of all our programs. With our experienced backup and support, these volunteers are honing their leadership and team-building skills as they develop into leaders in their communities.
"The experience they have here is developing them to be giant leaders of the future."
Rafi, Program Coordinator
A Matter of Facts
Our camp kitchen churns out over 150,000 meals during one summer.
We have over 1,650 volunteer mentors in our network.
1400 slices of pizzas are served weekly at our ChillZone locations.
Our Book Buddies logged over 5.2 million minutes of study time.