MissionThe world perceives foster care as a journey filled with shame and suffering instead of growth and transformation. By honoring the power of each voice, our community of trained volunteers and those with live foster care experience, uniquely build on the individual strengths of each youth, equipping them with the tools to navigate past trauma, embrace their future and thrive. At Peace4Kids, every youth is supported not for a season or a reason but a lifetime.
What We DoPeace4Kids provides a continuum of programs, services and supports for youth impacted by foster care in South Los Angeles. The following are provided without charge to participants:
Core Saturday Program -- Provides creative educational courses, activities, field trips, life skills and mentorship to 215 youth ages 4-19 on 43 Saturdays annually.
Mobile Village Kitchen (MVK) - Using a customized modular kitchen/trailer, engages all youth in food justice efforts, healthier food access, training for food industry careers, and general health education.
Leadership through Advocacy, Equity and Development (LEAD) - Meets the specific needs of young adults in foster care (ages 19-24) by using the experience of foster care alumni and subject matter experts to help mitigate traditionally poor outcomes through developmental and group learning. At least 30 youth will engage in LEAD.
Transitional Youth Services -Peace4Kids provides more intensive one-to-one work with 20 transition age youth (TAY), leading to an increase in social-emotional intelligence, improved relationship building/management skills and stability in placement.
Youth-Led Advocacy/Research -- Monthly training for approximately 45 youth in foster care and alumni ages 16- 30 to be advocates for system reform by educating them on policy issues, introducing them to key stakeholders, and advancing our strength-based research agenda.