What is Kids Korps/Teen Korps?
- Kids Korps USA is nonprofit 501(c)(3) youth volunteer organization that engages kids ages 5-18 in community service. Teen Korps is the part of Kids Korps that members automatically belong to once over the age of 12 or in middle school.
- Our mission is to instill the spirit of giving while providing valuable education in leadership and responsibility.
What kinds of Teen Korps Projects are available?
- Projects support 100s of nonprofits that positively address the spectrum of community services:
- Health & Human Services
- Animals & Environment
- Civic & Community
- International Aid & Disaster Relief
- Education & Research
What can your teen gain by being involved with Teen Korps?
- Values and skills such as…
- Caring and compassion
- Team Building
- Sense of Community
- Personal and Social Responsibility
- Self-esteem and Confidence
- Family/Student Togetherness
- A Track Record of Community Service to Build Upon in High School and Beyond
What Community Service Awards can be attained?
1) Presidential Service Awards for various age groups/award levels:
- Presidential Bronze Level Award
- Kids: 50 to 74 hours
- Young Adults: 100 to 174 hours
- Presidential Silver Level Award
- Kids: 75 to 99 hours
- Young Adults: 175 to 249 hours
- Presidential Gold Level Award
- Kids: 100 hours or more
- Young Adults: 250 hours or more
For purpose of the Presidential Service Awards “kids” are ages 5-14, “young adults” are ages 15-25.
2) Kids Korps Service Award for various age groups:
- Kids Korps Award (up to age 14) 25 hours or more
- Teen Korps Award (ages 14-25) 50 hours or more
- Adults Kids Korps Award- 75 hours or more
Please note that community service hours are accrued each membership year from September 1st-August 31st (to correspond with the school year), and awards are given at the Kids Korps Service Award Ceremony in the Fall each year.
3) EWMS Seahawk Award:
At the end of each school year during the annual awards ceremony, EWMS administration recognizes outstanding students in various categories and presents each with a Seahawk award certificate. The Seahawk award for EWMS Teen Korps members is given to those in the top 25% of our chapter, calculated by number of service hours that appear in their Kids Korps online profiles by May 1st.
Please remember that community service hours are accrued each membership year from September 1st-August 31st to correspond approximately with the school year. Presidential and Kids Korps awards are given at the Kids Korps Service Award Ceremony in the Fall each year; Seahawk awards are given at the EWMS awards ceremony at the end of the school year. Members are responsible for entering hours and ensuring their Kids Korps online profiles are updated and display the correct number of service hours by May 1st to be eligible for the EWMS Seahawk award and by August 31st to be eligible for both the Presidential and Kids Korps awards.
Where are Teen Korps Projects?
- Service activities/projects are all within our local San Diego county community
- Check emails and website regularly for newly scheduled chapter projects.
- Check “Chapter Projects Details” tab or “Click Here for Chapter Project List & Sign Up” on this website for list.
Do parents need to accompany their children to projects?
- Many community service agencies prefer parental supervision, but each project is different; please inquire with chapter leader at sign-up!
- Teen Korps promotes family togetherness
- Shows teens leadership through example
How do we sign-up for Teen Korps Projects?
- Sign up for our EWMS Teen Korps Chapter Projects by clicking here.
- Sign up for other “solo”community service projects either as a family, alone or with other Teen Korps friends by visiting Kids Korps USA’s Independent Project Calendar.
How many projects does my child have to do?
- We hope members can participate in several projects each year
- Many members complete one project per month
- Flexibility for teens and families – you decide – no requirements!
How do you know we participated in a project?
- Project Leaders will bring Sign-In Sheets to every chapter project and chapter meeting to verify participation.
- After a project or chapter meeting, go to this link for the “Hours Login” page on this website and click on the red button to document your volunteer time on the Kids Korps website. If you’ve signed up for a project through the online Kids Korps calendar, there is no need to log your own hours; however, most chapter projects require sign-up by email to chapter leaders instead of via the online calendar, which means you’ll need to visit the Kids Korps website after the project to log hours manually.
- For further details on how to log your hours, visit our “Hours Login” page.
May I volunteer for a service project on my own (outside of an event scheduled by our chapter)?
Yes! Teens may either choose a project from the Kids Korps project calendar and sign up on their own, or they may participate in a project with any community service organization and earn credit for their service hours with Kids Korps. To gain credit for these hours, please have an adult verify participation by filling out this independent volunteer activity form and send in to Kids Korps.
May a member bring a friend or sibling who is not a Teen Korps Member?
- For liability reasons, participants must be Teen Korps/Kids Korps members to participate in our projects or chapter meetings.
- Parents are included in the cost of the Teen Korps membership and are automatically considered members.
- Siblings/friends who are Kids Korps or Teen Korps members are welcome to join EWMS chapter projects subject to minimum age restrictions of individual projects; please check the Upcoming Project Details tab for more information.
How do I sign-up to be a Teen Korps Member at EWMS?
- Annual Registration Fees are payable online at the website link above
- 1 youth = $30.00 plus $2.50 processing fee
- 2+ youths = $60 plus $2.50 processing fee
- Lifetime membership = $300 plus $2.50 processing fee
- T-shirts – $15 (optional)
- Teen Korps membership automatically includes both parents
- Membership runs September 1st of one year through August 31st of the following year, to correspond approximately with the school year
As a parent, how can I get involved in EWMS Teen Korps?
We’re always interested in hearing from EWMS parents who’d like to get more involved with our busy and active Teen Korps chapter! There are lots of ways you can help, from simply attending service events with your teen on a regular basis, to providing homemade treats for our monthly chapter meetings, to becoming a co-chapter or project leader, which involves leading chapter projects and meetings. We’d love to hear from you! Please contact us by clicking here and Susan Miller, EWMS Teen Korps chapter leader, will be in touch soon.