WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PRIDE Member
(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. The Pride Program is open to Military and Veteran Children from all branches of service in grades K-5.
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.
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 | 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.
Social Skills & Service
Programming for 6th Grade+
Kids Rank Media Department
Entrepreneurial Program: Sweets by Kids
Babysitting & CPR Certification
Shedd Aquarium Action Day
Woodlands Restoration at Brushwood Center (Ryerson Woods)
Feed My Starving Children
Bernie's Book Bank
Annual Family Camping Trip
Bring Your Own Veteran
Kayak for Conservation
Family Game Night
Kids Rank Prides meet once a week from October - May.
In the 2022-2023 PrograM Year
Military children registered
FAMILY MEMBERS ENGAGED
COMBINED volunteer hours SERVED
2 Fully attended Transition Summer Camp Sessions held at Naval Station Great Lakes
5 Trained Pride Leaders
5 Special events during April to celebrate the Month of the Military Child (MoMC) and supporting events and observances at all of our partner schools
18 Pride Groups running in both Lake and Cook County, IL a total of 225 kids registered
12 Entrepreneurial Program Sessions
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