ASPIREKids partners with various youth and family service providers in El Dorado, Placer, Amador, Yolo and Sacramento Counties to give at-risk and low income children access to extracurricular and normalcy activities.
Childhood trauma increases the risk for adolescent pregnancy, illicit drug use, alcoholism, depression, suicidal thoughts and health problems such as heart and liver disease into adulthood. Our goal is to provide opportunities for children and teens to build resilience to childhood trauma. The number one way to build resilience is by forming healthy relationships. Participating in extracurricular and normalcy activities gives children the opportunity to create those relationships with peers and adults paving the way to healthier futures. They also have opportunities to learn to fail and succeed in a safe environment, learn new skills, develop self-confidence, develop leadership skills and improved work ethic.
We believe that all children should have the opportunity to experience normalcy regardless of their living arrangements or financial ability. Children are not given the option to choose their circumstances. Whether homeless, in foster care, or living with extended family too many children lack access to the activities that allow them to just be kids.