Kids Coming Together aims to provide opportunities for local youth to build relationships with their peers through teen-led community service events.
About KCT –
Kids Coming Together (KCT) is very proud to provide opportunities that offer a wide variety of benefits to our neighbors and our community:
- Help kids in grades 3 through 8 make new friends
- Help kids and young adults in grades 3 through 12 understand the benefits and significance of community service
- Allow high school students an opportunity to help run a non-profit and get community service hours to put on resumes, college applications and for academic requirements
High school students are encouraged to volunteer. We have positions available for board members, interns and event volunteers. Each of these three positions come with a different time and responsibility requirement. Event volunteers must commit to a minimum of one event per month. Please inquire for more details on how you can help children in our community thrive.
All kids in grades 3 through 8 are welcome and encouraged to come participate in community service events with our fantastic KCT leaders. We especially seek out two groups of kids. The first is kids that struggle socially and could really benefit from a new friend or two. Perhaps a child who is new to the area, shy, struggling socially, concerned about rejection from their peers, or has some extra challenges in life. We also want kids that feel very successful socially and want to make a difference in the lives of their peers. We welcome these kids to lead by example and help other kids make friends. Kids Coming Together is looking to promote overall youth mental wellness and a sense of belonging to a community. This is how we plan to make a difference in our community. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding our programs or how you can help.
KCT does not charge a fee for kids to attend our events. Occasionally a vendor will charge a small fee and that will be clearly marked on the event. The high leaders enjoy working with small groups of kids on a variety of different projects. Our calendar page lists upcoming events and allows you to RSVP for the event that you would like your child to attend. Our events most often run for about an hour and the time will be clearly marked on the event details page. Our events are different every week and every month. Some events are one time only and some events we offer a fairly regular basis. Some of our past events are feeding farm animals, socializing with dogs, doing art projects with memory care members, making mud for a mud run, passing out trophies at the end of a race, cleaning up dolls donated to Eastside Baby Corner, painting kindness rocks and making cards to teachers. Check the calendar often to see what new events pop up.
You can register to receive emails about upcoming events by going to our register page. You can also follow up on our facebook page www,Facebook.com/KidsComingTogether. Your kids can follow us on Instagram @KidsComingTogether.
To have your child attend an event, please go to our calendar page. Select the event you want your child to attend. Click on the event for more details. On the event page you will see the RSVP option to input information about your child. Bring your child to the event. It’s that simple. We can’t wait to have some fun with your child.
Kids Coming Together is powered by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. KCT events are open to kids regardless of what school district they live in or what school they attend. Likewise, high school volunteer leaders from any school district are welcome to come volunteer, intern or seek board member positions. KCT hopes to spread to other areas and hold events in nearby cities sometime in 2020.
KCT does not provide child care or babysitting. Parents are required to remain at the event with their child and to stay off to the side so that the leader and children can enjoy their social time and concentrate on the task at hand. If you have older children that you would allow to be at our event location without an adult, then you are welcome to have your older child attend without a parent.
Learn about our current board members below. We are so appreciative of all that they have done to get KCT started:
Hannah Sumrall is a senior at Eastlake High School. She joined KCT as she strongly believes that youth mental wellness should be a key focus and that intervention early on is important. She is looking to pursue a career as a doctor working with individuals with Autism and has previously volunteered with children with cognitive delays. Hannah has worked with KCT to develop structural processes and facilitate communication throughout the organization. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, reading, and being with friends and family.
Laura Wang is a senior at Eastlake High School. She joined KCT because she has experienced and seen the effects of the stressful high school environment in her friends; she knew what a difference having even one friend could make. Laura is working to become a corporate attorney in the future and has a strong interest in business. She knew working with kids wasn’t her strong suit, but that she could use her own skill set to be an asset to the logistical side of the organization. Laura has worked to draft legal documents and develop the processes within KCT. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sketching and painting, as well as spending time with her friends and family.
Community Outreach Officer
Stephanie Ispas is a senior at Eastlake High School. She joined KCT because she thinks it is important to help young kids learn how to better socialize with their peers and make good friends at an early age. As a high schooler she experiences firsthand what high levels of stress kids face and knows that a healthy support group of friends can make all the difference. Having grown up shy and introverted, she wants to give kids an opportunity that she would have liked to have had. Stephanie has excellent attention to detail and has greatly contributed to the organizing of KCT. Outside of school she enjoys Tae Kwon Do, playing piano, reading, and skiing.
Kevin Zou is a senior at Eastlake High School. He joined KCT because he struggled with similar issues transitioning from the QUEST gifted program to Eastlake. He has had experience working with children and making websites. Kevin has worked with KCT to design a more organized website and volunteer hour tracking system. His other extracurriculars include rowing, reading, and making music.
Laila Moeller is a senior at Eastlake High School. She originally joined KCT’s legal committee because of her interest in law and belief that everyone should have a community to be a part of. Now on the board of interim directors, she helps coordinate and plan KCT to get it up and running. Outside of KCT she enjoys playing the clarinet and competing with Eastlake’s Speech and Debate team.
Public Relations Officer
Katherine is a junior at Eastlake High School. She joined KCT because she is a big advocate for mental health. Growing up, she struggled with making friends and didn’t feel she could reach out for help. She firmly believes that a program like this would be wonderful for the district. She hopes it will allow kids to come out of their shells and make life-long friends. Katherine works to help communicate with adults and high schoolers to learn about what KCT is so they can join the program. In her free time you can find her acting on the Eastlake stage, and riding her horse.