Athletes for Kids receives donation from
The Steven E. Kurtz Foundation
Athletes for Kids is extremely grateful to the Steven E. Kurtz Foundation for their generous donation of $2400 to support two annual AFK mentorships.
Steve Kurtz was a very close friend to AFK mentor parent, Susie (Abouaf)Cohen and her brother Jon Abouaf of Leonia, New Jersey. Susie’s son, Drew is a mentor from Issaquah High School and was recently matched with an AFK buddy. When Jon (Drew’s Uncle) who serves on the Board of Directors of the Steven Kurtz foundation learned of Drew’s involvement with Athletes for Kids he immediately thought that AFK was a program that Steve would have believed in and supported.
Steve died nearly 6 years ago, of kidney cancer and the Kurtz family, Normand(father), Marge(mother), and Susie(sister) established the foundation in his memory. Steve had a couple of passions – music and youth sports, particularly baseball, and believed in helping children reach their potential on and off the field.
AFK featured on KING 5 News!
We are grateful to Ryan Takeo and KING 5 News for bringing awareness to our impactful mentoring program. We were featured twice in one week! The first video features Skyline mentor, Ben Wolters and his buddy Brayden.
The second video was from the first annual Athletes for Kids and Skyline Football Camp. Over 50 children were in attendance and had the times of their lives. Thank you to Mat Taylor and the entire Skyline Football program for making this event possible.
September 26, 2016
October 1, 2016
First Annual Athletes for Kids and Skyline Football Camp
On October 1st, over 50 mentors, buddies and family members took to the Skyline Football field to participate in a fun filled afternoon of football camp. The Skyline Football team, guided by the wonderful Mat Taylor, provided a safe and inclusive event that allowed everyone to participate and have a great time. An extra special thanks goes to Angie Ahlmeyer and the Skyline Gridiron Club. We can’t wait for next year!
Athletes for Kids Recognized as Top Mentoring Program
Athletes for Kids was just named an Expert Partner by Mentoring Works Washington. Athletes for Kids achieved Expert level through a rigorous, guided evaluation process that is based on over 20 years of national research and experienced practitioner insight. The process includes ongoing assistance from Mentoring Works Washington, to develop and implement a 12-month Improvement & Innovation Plan. Mentoring Works Washington is one of 28 statewide non-profits dedicated to expanding the number of youth mentored, building best practices in youth mentoring programs, and innovating improvements based on local rigorous research.
This designation means that Athletes for Kids is committed to following quality best practices that help ensure the community’s youth and volunteers are safe and that they experience mentoring relationships that result in positive outcomes.
To achieve Expert status, Athletes for Kids completed the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path, or QMAP, and follows 100% of its outlined best practices. Out of around 150 mentoring programs in Washington, only 6 have become an Expert Partner in the first three years of the statewide program.
MENTOR CELEBRATION DINNER
Athletes for Kids hosted its annual mentor celebration on Sunday May 22, 2015. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped us make this a very special and memorable event.
AFK and the LEGION OF YOUTH
Boeing and The Seattle Seahawks connect community organizations that support youth throughout the Northwest. This year they selected Athletes for Kids to participate in the Legion of Youth. Sixteen AFK Buddies and eight current mentors were honored to be a part of this amazing opportunity.