(Teamwork) Military children begin to understand the uniqueness of their families as they engage in activities bonding with other military children.


(Empower) Military children begin to discover their own talents; their abilities to use their critical thinking skills to help solve problems and bring about change in their communities.


(Take Action) Military children begin to learn their new environment and how to care for others when planning and executing service projects.


Kids Rank Prides

Our cornerstone program are the weekly meetings held throughout the school year to provide consistency and stability for military children.

Kids Rank is open to Military and Veteran Children from all branches of service.

K-2nd Grade

3rd-5th Grade

6th-8th Grade

Weekly Pride Meetings typically made up of 10-12 children—give members an opportunity to connect with those who understand the culture and challenges faced by others in similar circumstances.

Currently Weekly Pride Meetings are offered in:

Great Lakes, IL

Ft. Sheridan, IL

Englewood, IL

Additional Programs

Check Our Calendar for Upcoming Events and Workshops

Entrepreneurial Program

The Kids Rank Entrepreneur Program is for military youth in grades 6th-10th. The purpose is to introduce financial literacy in a real world and hands-on way. Using a military child’s winning cookie recipe, the 8-week program explores the entire process of bringing the product to market from idea to wholesale distribution. Kids divide into teams of Finance, Marketing, PR and Logistics to track and manage the process. A field trip to the manufacturer, business mentor guest speakers and a chance to decide what to do with their profits are all a part of this project!

Check out what our kids did last year!

Sweets By Kids

Safety Training Program

Kids Rank provides a variety of workshops in partnership organizations such as the Red Cross and Northwestern Hospital to provide military children with certifications such as Babysitter and CPR Training.

Kids Rank Family Programming

It is important to provide military families, who often spend extended time apart, with an opportunity to connect. Kids Rank designs ways in which families can bond through events, service and activities such as the Kids Rank Ball and an annual camping trip.

By paralleling the manner in which the
accomplishments of military members are
recognized, Kids Rank Pride Members earn
“Ribbons” by achieving distinction in many
categories such as:

Adapt | Bravery | Courage | Determination | Endurance | Foresight | Patience | Trust

The program emphasizes the importance of giving back through service related volunteer activities within the communities they currently call home. Pride Members 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 Prides meet once a week during the school year from October - May.

Stay tuned for registration for our October 18 Pride Start date!

In the 2018-2019 PrograM Year


Military children registered




organizations served


volunteer hours combined

  • 1 Fully attended Transition Summer Camp Session held at Naval Station Great Lakes

  • 9 Pride Groups running in both Lake and Cook County, IL a total of 115 kids registered

  • 3 Safety Trainings

  • 2 Entrepreneurial Program Sessions

  • 10 Trained Pride Leaders

  • 7 Special events during April to celebrate the Month of the Military Child

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