The KKIS Project

Promising students want to graduate.
Let’s help them!


Every Child Deserves an Education

Many students living in Mexico do not attend public high school because there is a cost.

It costs less than $2 USD per day to provide a year education to these promising students. ✨

Join KKIS donors and volunteers who are working to expand the number of high school and university graduates in the Riviera Maya! 🇲🇽

Our success is driven by the generous support of individuals and corporations who share our values and vision.

KKIS Vision

Improving lives through education.

KKIS (Keep Kids in School) works to build stronger communities in Playa del Carmen by eliminating financial obstacles to public education. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to learn and succeed, and we are dedicated to making education accessible and affordable for promising students in our community.

KKIS Mission

At KKIS (Keeping Kids in School), we believe that education reduces poverty, improves lives, and builds stronger communities. Recognizing that education is often unaffordable for many families in Mexico, we remove financial barriers to keep kids in school.

Our programs provide financial assistance and help students develop essential language, life, and work skills

Through a combination of financial aid, community connections, and educational support, we achieve an impressive 86% high school graduation rate, compared to the national average of less than 50% throughout Mexico.

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Our success is driven by the generous support of individuals and corporations who share our values and vision.

Our Solutions

KKIS Programs offer student support from kindergarten through university. Together, these programs keep kids in school and give them tools to thrive and fundamentally change their lives.

An overwhelming majority of people in Mexico do not earn a living wage. Financial support to keep kids in school helps ensure higher paying jobs can be secured and financial support will not be needed for the next generation.

School Supplies

High School Scholarships

University Scholarships

Give Back Events


Latest from KKIS Events

Transformers Institute

2022 – Hilton Hotel – CancunBikes, Bucks, and Big Hearts: Transformer Institute Makes a Major Impact on KKIS StudentsInvesting in education is an investment in the future. At KKIS, we're dedicated to empowering students in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya to...

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CRU Group Bike Donation for KKIS Students

May, 2023 – Sandos Resort– CancunTeambuilding with Heart: CRU Group Donates and Assembles Bikes for KKIS StudentsWe at KKIS want to recognize CRU Group's incredible commitment to social responsibility during their recent Mayan Riviera team building event. Beyond...

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Randstad Canada School Packing Event for KKIS

December, 2023 – Atelier Hotel – Cancun253 Volunteers, 300 Smiles: Randstad Canada Packs for a Brighter FutureKKIS extends its heartfelt gratitude to Randstad Canada for their incredible contribution to our mission! For the second year in a row, Randstad Canada...

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Latest from the KKIS Blog

There is a whole lot going on at The KKIS Project! The KKIS Blog will keep you up to date on the latest news and events. View all posts »



“The English Conversation Club, is not only an opportunity for students to interact and practice their English with native English speakers, but also, is an opportunity for them to learn about different cultures..”

Stuart Meheux

Volunteer/Coordinator, English Conversation Club

“KKIS has changed the way I view my life. This opportunity is a legacy of motivation and service to others. 1 am ready to embrace a future of infinite possibilities.”

Paola Karime

KKIS High School Student

“The support that KKIS provides, allows our students to dream of a life without limits. By providing the tools necessary to study, students are given the hope of making their dreams a reality.”

Prof. Esmeralda González

Director Elementary School Constituyentes de 1974

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is KKIS?

KKIS (Keeping Kids in School) is a non-profit organization based in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, dedicated to increasing high school and university graduation rates by providing financial assistance, educational opportunities, and community connections to Mexican children.

What does KKIS do?

KKIS provides financial assistance to deserving students so they can stay in school and graduate. Starting in grade 10 public high school has costs. That cost is often too much for low-wage earners to afford to keep their promising students in school.

How does KKIS find students to give scholarships to?

Students can apply for a scholarship in the spring for the next school year. We offer both high school and university scholarships. Students find KKIS through their administrators, our posts on social media, and through friends and family.

What is the process to getting a scholarship?

To qualify for a KKIS scholarship, students must fill out an application. Much like a college application, they need references, a good GPA, financial need, and parent approval. Once selected, each student and parent must sign a contract with KKIS. This is one reason we have an 86% graduation rate among our students.

Does KKIS give scholarships to all students?

KKIS has a very stringent selection process. While we would like to provide scholarships to all students, we do not have the funds to do so. For the school year 2023-2024, we had over 90 applications and awarded 32 new scholarships. Students who do not get a scholarship are encouraged to apply for the next school year.

Does KKIS only provide scholarships in Playa Del Carmen?

KKIS provides scholarships to deserving students in Playa del Carmen and Tulum. We provide backpacks to students throughout Riviera Maya.

What percentage of donations go to administration costs?

Like all non-profits, there is a cost to providing our services. KKIS tries to keep our administration fees low so we can provide service to more students. Our 2022 annual report shows that about 8% of revenue is spent on administration.

What is the Backpack program?

KKIS hands out over 3000 student backpacks filled with age-appropriate school supplies each year. Each backpack filled with tools for education costs $25 USD. We receive many of our backpacks from giveback events from corporations that come to the Riviera Maya for corporate retreats and team-building exercises.

I want to volunteer, how can I do that?

KKIS offers several volunteer opportunities. We also take suggestions for other ways to include students in education and eye-opening experiences. The best way to learn more is to send an email to KKIS asking your question or asking for more information about volunteering:

What is the English Conversation Club?

We take volunteers into a classroom, and the students practice their English. There is no curriculum or special directive. You just show up and talk. Many people coming to Playa say it was one of the best experiences they had while visiting. For more information, send an email to:

Some of Our Amazing Sponsors

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The Reef, Resorts and Spa
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The Reef 28, Playa del Carmen
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