New Jersey Give a Kid a Dream celebrates success by a specific definition.
Success is defined as the favorable outcome of something attempted, the attainment of wealth, fame and the accomplishment of one’s goals.
So we celebrate our youth attending college, for they were earmarked for failure. We celebrate the communities our youth have learned to serve. We celebrate the many firsts our youth have experienced through the NJGAKAD program.
And we celebrate the supporters who believe in the positive impact of the program.
And the youth with whom we serve are beating the odds in a big way!
With a track record of creating national boxing champions with programs she built from scratch, Founder Jackie Atkins turns that experience coaching into tremendous success stories
National statistics show out of every 10 high school students, there are 3-4 students who do not meet the criteria for obtaining their high school diploma. In 2016, 100 percent of the 12th graders involved in Give a Kid a Dream are obtaining their high school diploma.
This year the school absentee rate for NJGAKAD youth dropped below the US average of 10 percent, meeting and beating our goal of 4 percent.
This year the absentee rate for NJGAKAD youth dropped below the US average, meeting and beating our goal of 4 percent. In 2017 the grade point average for our program’s youth was below the national average. In 2016-17, the grade point average for NJGAKAD youth is above the national average.
Several members have embraced a healthy life style and not only shed pounds but learned to cope with emotional challenges as well as physical.
In addition, NJGAKAD has received awards from numerous social service industries, including the Monmouth County Department for Social Services,