Kids’ Chance of America believes that a significant difference can be made in the lives of all children affected by a workplace injury by helping them pursue and achieve their educational goals. Kids’ Chance is a national non-profit organization which provides educational opportunities and scholarships for the children of workers seriously or fatally injured on the job.
Cumulatively, since their inception in 1988, Kids’ Chance organizations have awarded 5,479 scholarships totaling almost 14 million dollars. Kids’ Chance Awareness Week is designed to increase our visibility through special outreach events in each state that will spread the word about Kids’ Chance scholarship opportunities.
Both the City of Chicago and State of Illinois have recognized the importance of this issue and have partnered with the Illinois Chapter of Kids’ Chance and issued separate Proclamations declaring November 14-18 to be designated as “Kids’ Chance Awareness Week.”
Last week, Alderman Patrick J. O’Connor of the 40th Ward, joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr. of the 21st Ward and Chairman of the Committee on Education and Child Development at City Hall in meeting with representatives of the Board of Kids’ Chance of Illinois to celebrate the issuance of the Proclamation.
The Illinois chapter of Kids’ Chance is proud to have been able to award eight scholarships earlier this year and are currently looking forward to the spring semester when they anticipate awarding more.