KKIS 2019 Annual Report

KKIS programs support education from kindergarten through university, improving high school and university graduation rates, and fundamentally changing lives. In 2019, 93% of KKIS high school seniors graduated and with your generosity, the number of University students under scholarship nearly doubled! 2019 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS: KKIS obtained Donataria Status in November Donations were flat year on […] ... Continue Reading »
By: Nina Blake 
on: April 16, 2020
KKIS 2019 Annual Report

KKIS programs support education from kindergarten through university, improving high school and university graduation rates, and fundamentally changing lives.

In 2019, 93% of KKIS high school seniors graduated and with your generosity, the number of University students under scholarship nearly doubled!

2019 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • KKIS obtained Donataria Status in November
  • Donations were flat year on year though they technically decreased 3% due to income deferred to Q1 2020.
  • Expenses increased as we added 6 new University scholars, took over rent payments which were previously sponsored and registered staff in Mexico’s social security program.
  • End of year Reserve Fund and prepaid scholarships was 37% of the annual cost of scholarships.

2020 GOALS:

  • Leveraging our Donataria Status to apply for grants in Mexico
  • Ensuring our current scholars complete their education.
  • Creating internal efficiencies
  • Fully utilizing the KKIS Counsel to help guide KKIS through the next stage of growth

IMPACT:

Financial Assistance

Extraordinarily low wages for workers, combined with a public education system that is not free after 9th grade, results in many children in Mexico not attending school simply for lack of money. Our financial assistance programs help children and young adults receive an education.

     The KKIS Scholarship Program ensured:
  • 81 teenagers stayed in high school receiving an avg. GPA of 8.87 of 10
  • 24 of 27 senior KKIS Scholars graduated from high school
  • 13 young adults completed a year of university receiving an avg GPA of 9.13 of 10
     KKIS School Supplies Program ensured:
  • 1,528 students received school supplies this year
  • 44 classroom teachers received classroom basics

Community Connections

Exposure to people outside of one’s normal orbit inspires new ideas about life. KKIS brings education-focused opportunities to public school students, opening minds and opening doors. In 2019, KKIS:

  • Continued monthly volunteer-staffed Advisor Program for High School Scholars incorporating a fun curriculum focused on self discovery.
  • Surprised and inspired primary & secondary students from Crysto Rey with 180 Volunteers who helped shade and beautify their schools.
  • Connected University Scholars with a local young entrepreneurs group “Jóvenes en Impulso”, as part of The Wings Program.
  • Introduced 12 lucky high school students to the game of golf through the KKIS collaboration with 1st Tee Mexico and Gran Coyote.

Educational Support:

Public schools require public support. For years KKIS volunteers have been helping students with English language skills and sponsoring contests organized by schools. In 2019:

  • 74 KKIS Volunteers provided 2,292 student hours or 71 English Conversation Club sessions to public high school students in 3 of 5 schools.
  • Formal English Classes were held twice a week in the KKIS Office for interested KKIS High School Scholars
  • Reinforcing the importance of Spelling & Math, KKIS sponsored contests touching nearing 4,000 students in 8 junior high and high schools.

Thank you, donors, sponsors, volunteers, and teachers for making 2019 a great year for kids in Playa del Carmen!

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