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About Kids Hope

In 1993, the Commission on Children At-Risk found that children who have ONE stable adult in their lives do better in school and make better life choices. Kids Hope USA was created partially in response to these findings. Kids Hope is a national program — active in over 1000 schools and 35 states — that shares a passion to help America’s most vulnerable children experience the “hope and a future” promised in Jeremiah 29:11. Our CA program is the first of what we hope will be many partnerships in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Watch a video below to see what we do:

One Child. One Hour. One Church. One School.

Our goal is simple:  to intervene in the lives of kids at Eagle Rock Elementary School with “no strings attached” and become agents of transformation, affirmation, and hope! 

A mentor is paired with one child

  • identified by the school
  • meeting one hour a week for the duration of a school year

All mentoring happens at the school. We respect the separation of church and state on site. The children and their families are invited to participate in activities at the church throughout the year.

During the first school year (2007-2008), we served 19 children: 5 girls and 14 boys in grades 2-6.  In the second school year (2008-2009) we served 35 children. In our third school year (2009-2010) we served 50 children. Our program continues to grow because of the amazing men and women of CA who commit to making a difference in the life of a child.  We add new students in grades K, 1 and 2 each fall.

Once a child is accepted into the program, they stay in the program until they graduate from elementary school or leave the school. If the mentor decides not to continue with the child, a new mentor is recruited to take their place.

Although we will work to find the best match for each volunteer, because of the nature of the work we do, not everyone is a match for our program. We reserve the option to refuse applicants if we feel they are not the best fit. We strive to balance the skills, time constraints, and desires of each individual with the needs of the young people that receive our services. There are volunteer opportunities for a variety of skill sets and time commitments.

 For More Information:

Contact Sarah Dornbos at 323-641-6765  Email: or click HERE