KIDS AND THE POWER OF WORK, a program of the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC), is a national network of business and elementary school partnerships which introduces students to career awareness through professionally designed lessons taught by business volunteers in the classroom and visits to work sites. KAPOW in South Florida is an affiliate of the national network of partnerships developed by NCLC.
Learning for Success, Inc. manages the KAPOW program throughout South Florida. The program began in 1991 with one partnership between Burger King Corporation and Cutler Ridge Elementary. Today, sixty elementary schools, 423 teachers and administrators and more than 400 volunteers from 90 South Florida businesses currently participate in the program, serving 6,000 students. Sixty percent of the students are minorities (primarily Hispanic and African American) who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Young people need to understand that there is a reason for studying beyond doing so for the sake of learning. Understanding early in lifethat reading, writing, and math are vital to success in life is a powerful incentive. KAPOW addresses this need for relevance through a powerful set of lessons for elementary school students taught by volunteers and teachers, field trips to work sites, and curriculum-relevant activities for teachers to incorporate the real-life application of the skills they teach on a daily basis.
“I know your teacher told you that reading, writing and math are important, but let me tell you, I couldn’t do my job without it! Let me show you some work I’m doing. What do you think I had to learn in school to do that?”…A KAPOW volunteer during their lesson.
“Hearing about the importance and value of school from me is one thing – hearing it from someone else can make a huge difference!”
…A KAPOW teacher
KAPOW connects students, teachers and schools with volunteers, their organizations and the community, so that we can all take part and invest in our young people – our future!