Kids Korps Getting Close to Re-launch
Kids Korps is getting close to its re-launch as a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito
Dear Kids Korps Members and Friends,
In the month of October, we were busy with our planning process and exploring the many options on how to make the exciting ideas that you provided to us a reality. Our goal and top priority in re-launching Kids Korps is to make it the best, quality youth volunteer program for you and your family so that you derive tremendous value from your membership with us.
Additional questions have been submitted to or asked of us over the past month. We hope to respond to and provide our timely feedback to your inquiries. If your question is not listed below, please feel free to email or contact Ms. Jaymye Ross at Jross@bgcSanDieguito.org.
Will I have to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito to participate in Kids Korps community service projects?
Kids Korps will be a “program” of Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, similar to our RSD Swim Team , Center for a Healthy Lifestyle and the Youth Arts Academy. By joining Kids Korps you will automatically become a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. There is no additional membership fee on top of the Kids Korps membership fee.
Is Kids Korps accepting new Members?
As mentioned in the previous update, the Kids Korps database is currently being migrated over to a new, user-friendly technology employed by BGC San Dieguito for volunteer management. Until that time, we are not processing new memberships/membership fees. Originally we thought this process would be completed by November 1st. However, there wasn’t enough time to make all the changes and implementations to the software and customer relationship management system in a quality manner to offer a successful product and service. We will be announcing the registration opening within the next few weeks!
How do we register for the next membership year?
As soon as we have the new database up and running, we will start processing new memberships. Our goal is on or before January 1, 2015. Everyone on our email database distribution list as well as those who have signed up on our “interested list” will be notified via email a week before registration is open. We will also be posting it on our various social media platforms including Facebook and on our Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito’s Website! We are getting excited about its launch.
Please note that we will be changing the annual membership time period to be a 12-month rolling model from the date you sign up versus the prior model used by Kids Korps USA (September through August model).
What if I want to organize a membership drive at my school?
We will be ready to start membership drives and marketing for new memberships once we re-launch and begin accepting new memberships on or before January 1, 2015. We will have plenty of marketing flyers for you to hand out at your school. Please feel free to email JRoss@bgcsandieguito.org if you would like to be added to our membership drive “interested list”. Also, if you have families at your school who want to volunteer, please encourage them to contact us so that we can add them to our “interested list.” All members on either of these lists will be contacted first for membership sign up.
In the early stages of Kids Korps at Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, we will not be in a position to support a chapter model. This means we will not be able to provide custom projects for a group or provide insurance certificates for school-based meetings. Although we will not initially be focused on school-based chapters, please note that there is nothing that prevents a group of families from the same school to sign up for the same project. However, each individual member will need to sign up for projects.
How much will it cost to be a member of Kids Korps?
There will be two different Pricing Models:
For a Family with one child it will be $60 annually (rolling 12 months from enrollment).
For a Family with two (2) or more children, the cost will be $75 for 12 months from enrollment.
Both models include two (2) parents.
Why will I be charged for enrolling in a Volunteer Program?
There are benefits and value to your membership. First and foremost, our goal is to create purpose-driven experiences that expose your children to social diversity and that also provide them with an education in societal challenges. We intend to teach them who they are helping and why, and how they are making a difference, in order to leave them with an experience and message they will remember. Second, our membership model will give you access to a state of the art volunteer management system that provides access to quality, family volunteer opportunities throughout North County Coastal areas and the greater San Diego County area. This system not only saves our members time but also it allows members to track volunteer hours for all of the projects in which your family members participate.
While a large part of the costs for operating a volunteer management program will be subsidized by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, some costs must be passed along to our members so that we can deliver the best value for you and provide a safe environment. The membership pricing models include background checks for all parents and/or guardians who are signing up to volunteer with our youth. SAFETY is our number one priority at the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito. (Note: this background check does NOT run people’s financial credit. It is purely to make sure that our youth are safe). All membership fees will also help to subsidize part of membership insurance cost. The insurance will cover both parents/guardians and children on our accident policy.
What if I cannot afford the Membership Fee?
We are first and foremost a youth organization and we firmly believe in a policy that we never turn down a child in participating. All programs of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito do offer financial assistance. A parent or guardian would have to fill out a financial aid application and a confidential assessment of the family’s ability to pay will be conducted. Scholarships will also be available to certain youth. This is on a case-by-case basis however we are always willing to work with families to find a solution.
What will happen if I am a lifetime member?
All previous lifetime members will be “grandfathered” into the new system. We will ask you to go through the normal sign up process, however, the registration fee will be waived. At the present moment we will not be offering new lifetime memberships.
Do you want to be a Kids Korps Advisor and give us your input on the Program?
We are creating an Advisory Board and meeting very soon to roll out the Program. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Please email Jaymye Ross, Program Manager at JRoss@bgcSanDieguito.org and she will give you more information on how to get involved.
If you have a question that is not on this list please contact Jaymye Ross.
We look forward to staying connected with you and your families! Thank you for your continued interest in our program and making a difference in the lives of others.