Happy Twosday!! Ok- contrary to the video, I do know the right date! This is Tuesday, 02/22/2022, we at Keaton’s Kids thought it would be a great day to let you know what our dreams and goals are for 2022.

In honor of the power of two, we are setting our sights to reach, to impact, to touch and transform the lives of 222 kids this year. 222!!

When we first started Keaton’s Kids just a year ago, our goal was 100 kids a year. So we will be more than DOUBLING our impact!

Kind of mind-boggling! And very exciting.

Some of our upcoming projects are:

  • Continuing to support the biking and skateboarding programs in the Bronx with CatRock ventures.

  • Taking kids in Peekskill out on adventure ropes courses and teaching them swimming,

  • The Skateboard Day we are planning in the City of Newburgh, where we plan to team up with Keep it Moving and give away 100 skateboards and helmets to 100 kids on June 18th, in honor of National Skateboarding Day.

And many more plans in the works! Let us know if you have any ideas for us! And, of course, we can’t do it without you. So if you are inspired to help us reach our goal of 222 kids impacted this year, hit that donate button!

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Wow. It’s been an amazing year. We at Keaton’s Kids are wonderstruck that in less than one short year we were able to:

  • Become a fully accredited 501c3.

  • Roll out, help fund, and support a bike program in the Bronx with CatRock Ventures

  • Raise our fundraising goal because we achieved the first one we set.

  • Connect with several partners to set even bigger adventure goals for next year.

It’s true! And it’s all thanks to our generous donors. We are so excited by the year coming up as well. In 2022 we will:

  • Continue to help fund and support our biking initiative with CatRock. Provide more bikes and get even more kids out. We can’t stop now!

  • Take a Girl’s Empowerment group out to an adventure ropes course through NECS in Peekskill.

  • Fund a scholarship program through Shred Foundation in Newburgh to support some of their advanced students to go to a Mount Hood internship camp to learn the ins and outs of the snowboarding industry.

We are also exploring:

  • Partnering with a women’s rock climbing group to support a multi-day climbing trip.

  • Teaching underserved kids to swim.

  • Several skateboarding programs in at-risk neighborhoods.

And more.

Of course, we can’t do all this without your help.

Will you consider making a year end donation to Keaton’s Kids?

Thank you so much!

PS We just happen to think he’s adorable, so here’s Keaton (in a video he made for his alma mater) to ask for your donation—-

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Updated: Dec 24, 2021

One of the most rewarding experiences is seeing the kids share our joy for outdoor sports. Check out these videos of Cat teaching 12 year old Aidan to ride a bike for the first time! After running beside him and steadying him for awhile, he's ready to try it on his own. In the first video he's pretty shaky, in the second one...HE'S GOT IT!!

This was such an amazing day. We took 23 kids out riding last weekend with CatRock! Some, like Aidan, had never ridden before. What a kick it was to watch him ride for the first time, and hear him say, "It's Thanksgiving week. I'm grateful for my mom, my family, and you for helping me learn to ride a bike." And, "I can't wait to get home and tell my mom I can ride!!"

Your support has meant so much to us! And for Giving Tuesday, every donation you make to Keaton's Kids was matched by one of our generous donors! We have lots of plans for 2022. Thanks for your continued support! We are so grateful and actually awestruck by the amount of love and support we’ve received from our donors in this, our very first year! We set a goal to earn $50,000 this year and we are already very close to reaching that goal. What seemed like a pipe dream when we started is now very real, and we think we can do even better. Thank you so much for not only your financial support, but also for your emotional support as we navigated our way in this new non-profit world.

We are also grateful for our partnership with CatRock and are so excited to continue working with them as they expand the bike initiative which Keaton’s Kids funded and help them start this year. It’s been an amazingly successful roll out. With Keaton’s Kids support they led weekly day trips, impacted dozens of young riders, taught teens who had never ridden how to ride, mentored and improved the skills of others. And now we are looking to expand, buy more bikes for middle school age kids, and continue the program next year as well.

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