20 years of building connections with youth in foster care 

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"IT TAKES A VILLAGE" - BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THAT VILLAGE DOES NOT EXIST? 

20 years ago, we set out to answer that question

Founded on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of non-violence, Peace4Kids inspired to build a supportive community for youth in foster care in South Los Angeles.

We weren’t preachers or teachers. Instead, our early years were spent listening and discovering. Tired from hiding in the shadows, our youth were ready to share the strengths gained from their unique experiences and trauma. Honoring their journey helped signal their importance and value in the community. With this profound insight, “Community as Family” emerged and continues to shape how we engage today.

Our youth demonstrated the value of acknowledging personal experience and trauma leading the way for Peace4Kids to develop into a space of healing and discovery for all. Our "Village" has grown organically and exponentially: engaged youth, committed volunteers and community leaders all contribute to our success. Through consistency, trust and deep vulnerability, we've formed life-long relationships.

We’re truly grateful for the thousands of youth we've connected with, and thank each and every one of you for being a part of our Community as Family

 

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We can't do it without YOU! Support 100% free programming for South Los Angeles youth in foster care by making your gift today.

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Every child deserves a supportive community that nurtures their gifts

At Peace4Kids, our vision of "Community As Family" provides consistency, stability and trust - so that youth in care reach their highest potential

 

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Foster Trust
 Foster Strength
Community as Family
Super Powers

By earning youth trust, we overcome one of the key obstacles that "the system" faces when addressing disparities.  Read more...

 Are Super Heroes real? Learn what Superman, Batman and Spiderman have in common with youth in foster care. Read more...


Foster Youth face challenging odds

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ON AVERAGE, FOSTER YOUTH WILL MOVE 7 TIMES DURING PLACEMENT

1 in 5 WILL BE HOMELESS UPON EXITING CARE
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 1 in 4 FOSTER CARE ALUMNI EXPERIENCE PTSD  

NEARLY 50% of YOUTH EXITING CARE WILL NOT HAVE FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL

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