In December 2011 we devised a plan to assist our young children, at the time Nya (7) and Nina (5), in adjusting to their fourth duty station. It was our goal to recognize and celebrate their positive characteristics.
Kids Rank is a 501c(3) service-based organization developed specifically for military children. Through the formation of local clubs, Kids Rank engages children in hands-on, skill building projects and volunteer opportunities designed to encourage resilience while supporting their physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs. Our military children serve their communities just as their parents serve (or have served) our country.
Over the years our mission of empowering military children has remained the same but the vehicle for how it is communicated has evolved. We not only want to provide the kids with tangible acknowledgments but also encourage them to recognize their own strengths within.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Kids Ranks Clubs will support the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of military children through structured skill-building activities that encourage resilience. Awarding “Ribbons” in recognition of members achievements will build and reinforce those lifelong skills they’ll need to meet life’s future challenges. The Kids Rank Club was conceived in 2011 with the idea of gathering together as a military community to fulfill this mission.
Military children share a special bond due to their unique lifestyle. Through weekly Kids Rank Club activities, members will have the opportunity to cultivate lifelong friendships, while developing social skills that will help prepare them for future life challenges.
Just as their parents serve our country, Kids Rank Clubs will serve their local communities. They will assist in developing and carrying out community service projects appropriate to the specific “Ribbon” they are pursuing and tailored to meet the needs of the community.
Kids rank Club Members can be families from any branch of military service, including those with a member on Active Duty, in the Reserve or National Guard, Retired or DoD civilian employees, Families of the Fallen.
By paralleling the manner in which the accomplishments of military members are recognized, Kids Rank Club Members will earn “Ribbons” by achieving distinction in many categories such as: Adapt, Bravery, Courage, and Determination.
MEET THE BOARD
Executive Director at Adelante Center for Entrepreneurship Naval Officer, Veteran
Executive Vice President / Senior Credit Officer, First Bank of Highland Park
Director Community Partnerships, Chicago School of Prof. Psychology
Founder, Veteran Roasters Cup O’Joe Coffee Naval Officer, Veteran
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Retired
Former NFL Chicago Bear & Military Child
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Kids Rank
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