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Homeschool KWAKers

Thanks you so much for your groups hard work! We so appreciate you bagging the crayons and the fun melted shape crayons. They are so cute! A lot of people have commented on those. Also the craft bags are so nice to have and ready to hand out. The kids also enjoyed the cards that you made. It helped make their days a little more fun in the hospital. Thanks again for your kindness and generosity in doing these things for us.

Child Life Assistant, Blank Children's Hospital

“Kids With A Kause” is a free, community-based, youth-led service program. The Homeschool group began in November 2015 to respond to interest in the homeschool community in having service-learning integrated into their homeschool curriculum.

Youth engage in regular youth-directed service projects and raise their own funds, with proceeds going to support future service projects. KWAKer youth decide which projects they want to do, plan them, and carry them out with the support of an adult facilitator, while incorporating key elements of service-learning (Investigation, Planning, Action, Reflection, Demonstration, and Celebration).

Parent involvement is an important part of this program and is required for students under 8 years of age.

For more information, contact Alicia Vermeer at KWAKers@cyconcepts.org.

We strive for youth to:

  • have positive experiences with service while they are young.
  • use their voices to plan and lead projects so they feel invested in their service from start to finish.
  • feel engaged their communities so they are more likely to continue serving as they get older.

In addition, homeschool parents are drawn to this group because it is a way to encourage their children to be involved in their communities. Working with a CYC facilitator can be a refreshing change of pace for families who traditionally learn and provide curriculum for their children independently.

The Homeschool KWAKers group meets at CYC to plan our service projects. It is okay to be a part of the group even if you cannot make it to every meeting!

Meetings begin with a fun game or ice breaker and a snack. Then we do one of the following:

  • Dream It/Do It if we are ready to start a new service project.
  • Continue to plan our chosen project by using the computers to research, getting supplies together, or hosting a speaker from a community organization related to our interests.
  • SERVE!
  • Reflect and celebrate with one another after a project has been completed.