We are empowered students making a difference from the classroom to the community.
Kids Helping Kids is an entirely student-run, official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. Each year the seniors in our advanced placement economics class run the organization; this year is comprised of 106 students.
The primary goal of Kids Helping Kids is to invest in the lives of children who are in need of support. We are proud to be able to accomplish this both in our community as well as abroad. We have many ways of making this happen, but the primary fundraiser takes place in the form of a signature gala. Each year we hold a benefit concert at the world-class, multi-million dollar Granada Theater in downtown Santa Barbara featuring artists such as Tyrone Wells, Five For Fighting, Mat Kearney, Grammy Nominee Sara Bareilles and Grammy-winning Switchfoot. Leading up to the gala we learn the lesson of economics and finance in a real-world sense. Then we send groups of students to make presentations to companies in hopes of receiving various levels of sponsorship. These “advancement” teams are trained by professionals at the Music Academy of the West on how to make professional and successful presentations. In addition we hold smaller events such as school dances, a school talent show (the winner gets to open the benefit concert), and a showing of a classical film at the prestigious Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. Everything Kids Helping Kids contributes to the economic goal of maximizing profit to raise funds. After the benefit concert, the students of Kids Helping Kids decide how to allocate the funds. Ideas of where the funds are most needed are procured through the students as well as a form those in need may fill out.