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Kids Rank | Government Grant Application

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  • General Information

    Business Registration Number: Kids Rank

    Location: Highland Park, IL, United States

    Length of Operation: 11plus

    Number of Employees: 1-10 Employees

    Annual Gross Income: $250k to $500k

    Annual Gross Expense: $250k to $500k

    Open to Loans: NO

  • Funding Usage

    Kids Rank requests funding to cover the cost of programming for the additional children and families who currently utilize our program, as well as the additional staff and support needed to accommodate these increased numbers.

  • Business Plan

    Kids Rank was recently granted two pro bono consulting projects from which we solidified a viable growth model and strategy. Contingent upon developing and optimizing our board's fundraising abilities and increasing our fundraising capacity, our framework for expansion is a three phrase strategy based on a decentralized structure that nationally launches local chapters Kids Rank chapters in identified optimal areas of need at its end state. In alignment with our strategic plan, Kids Rank will continue to seek to grow and diversify income streams building our infrastructure and operating capacity to seamlessly support 250 members before establishing regional chapters we're able to support from out central Chicagoland location. Kids Rank's mission is to help children of military families, who are often faced with the instability of frequent moving, feel a greater sense of belonging and integration within their schools and communities, often filling int he gaps left by policies, lack of resources, and attitudes that don't account for or accommodate their unique circumstances. Military-connected youth face an average of 30% higher anxiety and mental health concerns than their civilian peers due to frequent relocation, recurrent and prolonged parental absences, and subsequent instances of loneliness and social isolation. 1/3 of school-age military children show signs of high anxiety, crying, and worrying, more frequently in addition to academic challenges. Research also shows that over a lifetime, social isolation—the kind that often results from a lack of belonging as military kids move an average 3-6x more during their school years—is the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day if social adjustment and reciprocal engagement is not adapted. As military and child education advocates make strides in pushing for legislation that compels schools to acknowledge the effects military service has on the children of service members, Kids Rank’s program takes the lack of resources available to address the consequences of these impacts on military kids' social and emotional development and well-being head on. Funders are making an investment in an untapped future resource of children, talent, and human capital while supporting their military and veteran communities. Our organization is as unique in our mission as the population we serve and, with similar limited resources, have proven we also have the same staying power.

  • Self Identified Competition

    Kids Rank unique mission makes it a one-of-a-kind organization but runs in-person community-based programming similar to the Boys and Girls Club or the Scouts. Kids Rank is the only organization of its kind providing in-person programming to military-connected children and bridging the gap between advocacy groups and in-person child development organizations who often miss their unique social and emotional needs.

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