On November 14, Kirk Hallett, founder and director of the Joshua Group, accepted The Rite Aid Foundation’s KIDCHAMP℠ award. Designed to honor thought leaders and advocates in childhood development, the KIDCHAMP award recognizes individuals in communities served by Rite Aid that have made a meaningful difference in the lives of youth by advocating for their health and well-being, championing education and academic growth and creating a safe environment for children and teens to live and grow.
Mr. Hallett founded the Joshua Group nearly 20 years ago to offer hope for at-risk Harrisburg youth by offering educational support and mentoring resources free of charge. Since its inception, the Joshua Group has positively impacted the lives of nearly 1,000 youth and boasts a high school graduation rate of more than 97%.
“For Kirk, helping kids is more than a career, it’s his true calling,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “He goes above and beyond to help the youth he serves reach their full potential, often changing lives in the process.”
For his service, Mr. Hallett was presented with a $10,000 donation to the Joshua Group, $500 in Rite Aid gift cards and a custom plaque to commemorate the honor.
This is the inaugural year for the KIDCHAMP℠ program, which The Rite Aid Foundation created to recognize individuals from KidCents charities who selflessly give their time and talent to improve the lives of the children and teens they serve.
KidCents charities can submit nominations for consideration on a rolling basis. There will be two KidChamps selected per year, and final selections are made by The Rite Aid Foundation Board of Directors. Nomination forms can be found in the marketing resources section of the KidCents website.
Bervin Harris, co-founder and CEO of the Renaissance Youth Center in Bronx, NY, is also a recipient of the KIDCHAMP award. Read more about his work to empower at-risk, inner-city youth.