HIKIDS Mission

HIKIDS Mission Statement

Helping Inner City Kids In Danger is a faith-based organization designed to guide and help the youth of inner-city Fort Worth develop mentally, physically, socially, and morally.

I. Introduction

H.I.K.I.D.S is a motivational program designed to aid and encourage all youth to develop self-esteem as well as a sense of self-accomplishment. With the help of volunteers, churches, and local businesses, this endeavor is accomplished through personal outreach and planned activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, and cycling which include the entire family. These activities enhance and promote family life. We model and expect exemplary sportsmanship and respect during all activities.

Weekly, two-hour meetings of H.I.K.I.D.S are held where guest speakers address the youth. We offer wildlife, nature, craft, and hygiene programs as other presentations at meetings. Tutoring assistance is available weekly as well as offering at least one field trip a month for the involved youth. We believe it is important to praise and reward their academic achievements as they improve.

Faith in God is the key ingredient to our HIKIDS program. We strive to instill in the youth, a greater appreciation for life and respect (especially for those in authority) for others. We believe in making an investment in each youth’s life. The steps we take jointly, as a community to do just this, will improve our youths’ society today and result in a stronger, better world for them tomorrow. Our motivation is to show love.

II. GOALS

Our goal is to help boys and girls develop Socially, Physically, Mentally, and Morally.

Our goal is to help young men and women develop into Socially, Physically, Mentally, and Morally functioning adults in society.

Our goal is to encourage community involvement by bringing parents, children, and neighbors together and then to utilize those healthy relationships as means of dissolving turf barriers and preventing gang activity.

III. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  1. Assess the needs and interests of each youth and develop specific plans of action to meet those needs successfully
  2. Establish relationships built on respect among youth of the city. To help facilitate this, the youth have the opportunity to interact through sport activities, community service, and field trips like those taken to Camp David (our camp located on Grapevine Lake in Flower Mound, Texas).
  3. Increase awareness and accountability of their environment. We do this by Adopt-a-Highway and other local events such as Cowtown Brush-Up.
  4. Model and encourage respect for those in authority.
  5. Aid in enhancing each youth’s self-esteem while promoting a positive outlook on life. Being involved in their communities help give the youth a sense of accomplishment and importance.

MEASURING OUR GOALS

Individual records of each H.I.K.I.D indicate their participation in the program. The record helps the directors identify individual strength and weaknesses in order to apply effective guidance, counseling and direction. In addition to this, the record is a method to determine H.I.K.I.D.S Achievement Awards and participation in monthly outings and/or special events.


IV. “Learn to Earn”

Weekly meetings provide an opportunity to teach the “learn to earn” mentality that nothing in life is free. Upon entering the program, each youth must memorize and recite the H.I.K.I.D.S pledge in order to receive a t-shirt and cap.

Each meeting will begin with a group recital of the:

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. H.I.K.I.D.S Code:
    • HONEST: He/She does not lie, cheat, or steal.
    • COURAGEOUS: He/She stands up for his good moral beliefs.
    • LOYAL: He/She is faithful to his/her family, school church, H.I.K.I.D.S, and friends.
    • COURTEOUS: He/She is polite, kind, and thoughtful.
    • OBEDIENT: He/She obeys his parents, teachers, leaders, and those in authority.
  3. H.I.K.I.D.S Pledge:
    • With God’s help, I will do my best to respect those in authority, serve my community, and graduate from high school. To live by the H.I.K.I.D.S Code and to make the Golden Rule my daily rule.
  4. H.I.K.I.D.S Golden Rule:
    • “Treat others as you would want to be treated.”

V. Weekly Meeting Overview

6:50

Open Recreation
(Basketball/Volleyball/Table Games)

7:00

Call to Order/ Sign-In
Opening Prayer
Pledge of Allegiance
H.I.K.I.D.S Pledge and Motto
Announcements

7:20

Guest Speaker/ Devotional

8:00 - 9:00

Tutoring/ Recreation
Refreshments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Weekly meetings will provide the youth with an opportunity to interact with each other while developing socially, mentally, physically, and morally.
  2. The youth will be divided into age groups for various programs at the weekly meetings.
  3. Academic incentives will be available, thus providing the youth a means by which to develop a sense of accomplishment as well for outstanding behavior and cooperation.
  4. Parents will also be encouraged to become active participants in H.I.K.I.D.S meetings, activities and field trips that will help to stimulate a sense of community involvement in area neighborhoods.

Select a convenient location with a gym in the area to hold weekly H.I.K.I.D.S meetings. Begin a local awareness campaign making known the goals and objectives of the program. Appeal to local officials, businesses, as well as city organizations that share the same vision for the city’s youth, for support and funding.

VI. H.I.K.I.D.S Meeting Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers for H.I.K.I.D.S meetings should be individuals who are there because they care about the future of our youth. Their words serve as an inspiration to the youth. Thirty minutes is allotted for guest speakers followed by a brief question and answer time.

Pastors and Ministers Bring the word of God and his salvation for mankind.
Police Officers/ Fireman/ City Officials Present themselves as a representative of a chosen career as well as an authority figure commanding respect.
Reformed Criminals/ Former Gang Members Witness to the power and saving grace of Jesus Christ as well as the evils and consequences of this lifestyle.
Local Sports Stars Professionals, amateur, college and high school athletes that can attest to the fruits of hard work and dedication.
Teachers Emphasize the importance of education now and in the future.
Career Professionals Explain the many career opportunities available in the field, thus broadening the scope of these youth who, otherwise, would not have met or heard from professionals.
Member of the Armed Services Tell personal experience as well as about the opportunities the military offers.

 

VII. Annual Event Involvement

 

  1. Back in School Celebration (September):
    • Half-day event
    • 4,000 people attend
    • The purpose of this event is simply to encourage the kids to stay in school, generate enthusiasm about being back in school, and help lower the drop out rate.
  2. Scary Cat (October):
    • Over 1,000 people attend
    • This event is held jointly with the Fort Worth Cats Baseball Team. The purpose of is to offer a positive event during Halloween.
  3. Thanksgiving Feast (November):
    • Over 500 people are fed.
    • The purpose of this event is to have the people living in South Fort Worth meet their neighbors and encourage the families to become involved in the community and in their children’s school activities.
  4. Navidad en el Barrio (Christmas in the Neighborhood) (December):
    • Over 1,000 Christmas gifts are given to children.
    • The purpose of this event is to express our love and compassion for others, and through our actions, the people and families who benefit will in turn be better citizens.


VIII. Recently Adopted Programs/Visions

In the spring of 2005, we began addressing the racial and cultural tensions that have been mounting among young Fort Worth Hispanic communities in schools and neighborhoods. There is a sense of rivalry and jealousy that is prompting and promoting violence. In part, the influx of violence can be attributed to a lack of education and appreciation of their culture.

In an effort to address poverty and crime issues, particularly with gang related problems, initial planning is underway to develop an exchange program between Mexico and Texas for the youth in question. A meeting with the Governor of Morelos has already taken place and meetings with officials from the states of Tlaxcala, Tabasco and Nuevo Leon are in the works. We are meeting to find ways to help these youth.

One endeavor is to have officials from these states come to Fort Worth, Texas and encourage the youth to be better citizens. To help with this effort, collaborations with several universities from Mexico such as the Universidad de las Americas de Puebla, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, and the Universidad Internacional de Cuernavaca de Morelos are being established.

This is the following plan:

  1. To engage in an exchange program for Middle School students in the Fort Worth I.S.D.
  2. To teach the history of Mexico and Texas
  3. To teach culture
  4. To give tours within the cities and the states
  5. To have camps combining kids where they can work together and become one

We believe that, by engaging in this project, Hispanic youth will begin to have a better understanding and appreciation for their heritage and culture. It will encourage the youth to work together to make Fort Worth a safer and more productive city.

This plan would also be open to other races to teach the Mexican culture and to help all kids regardless of race, religion, beliefs and economic status to get along.

Our goal is to have our first trip by next summer in June and take approximately forty middle school youth to Mexico.